I'm researching an upcoming article for FlightSim.Com about cockpit conversation and proper callout protocols for both general and commercial aviation. I could use some help finding the right source material for this. I need to find a DVD (or audio, VHS, whatever) or even printed docs that would cover all the proper cockpit conversation procedures for operating an aircraft. What I am not looking for is anything that deals with ATC radio calls. These conversations are for operating the aircraft, not talking to ATC.
I realize that commercial aircraft operation, where a pilot and co-pilot are mandatory, is going to be different from general aviation, where the pilot is often flying solo or at least without a co-pilot.
The article I'm working on would cover conversations around checklists, and all other operational procedures. In the case of GA, just imagine if you did have a virtual co-pilot. Think of the conversation as the virtual co-pilot equivalent of running through the checklists in FS2004. What's the real dialog like? That's what this inquiring mind wants to know.
When a pilot and co-pilot are communicating through a checklist, or when the pilot issues an order to the copilot for a control action, what's the confirmation reply the co-pilot returns. Or, in solo GA ops, what would your virtual co-pilot say? What's going through your head as you run through the checklists and flight procedures?
For example, Pilot says, "Gear up". When the co-pilot raises the gear, what does he/she say to confirm that the order was received and accomplished? "Roger, gear up" or "Copy that, gear up" or "gear up, check"? Or something else?
I'm looking for the products or reference materials that will show me the correct and proper conversational terms. And I realize they will vary depending on the action performed. For example, the rejoinder for raising the gear or setting the flaps may be different from arming the autothrottle or adjusting the autopilot heading and altitude holds.
Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Plus, you'll be rewarded with a killer article when this is finished.
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And, for any of you real world pilots out there, GA or commercial; if you'll work with me on this to smooth out the real world dialogs -- I can reward you with a free first Class Memebership upgrade (or extension) to FlightSim.Com as a token of our appreciation for your help.