Ask Captain Dan: Can both Pilots on a Plane fly solo ? Our Resident Pilot Answers Flight Questions.

Toronto ON – Pilot Dan Baz is answering your flying questions here on the Cornwall Free News.


If you have a question about flying you can email Captain Dan or post below.



On most flights there are only two pilots in the flight deck. If one of the pilots becomes sick or incapacitated in some way during a flight, can the other pilot land the airplane by himself?Question asked by Julie.


In Canada, both the pilot in command and the co-pilot are equally qualified to fly the airplane.  Either pilot could land the airplane by himself in an emergency situation. They each have an identical set of controls and instruments to fly the airplane.
The pilots normally alternate the flying duties. The pilot in command will fly one flight, then the co-pilot will fly the next flight. They both must maintain their proficiency and recency by working a required minimum number of flights and take-offs and landings in each 90 day period.
If a pilot does not meet these minimum requirements, he or she must fly with a supervisory pilot until the minimum requirements are met, or the pilot must successfully complete a prescribed program in a flight simulator.

A bit more about Captain Dan:


Captain Dan Baz enrolled in Flight School at the age of 16.

He has completed studies in Aircraft Engineering and Master of Business Administration. He has been at the controls of many different types of aircraft, from single engine Cessnas to large intercontinental jets on global routes.

Over the last four decades he has flown thousands of hours up in the blue sky.


Have a question for the Captain ?  Send it to Captain Dan Baz Every week a question from the readers will be selected and answer posted in this column.


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