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Father, daughter team-up to fly American Airlines jet

It was Co-pilot Jen Byrne's 1st anniversary with AA and she gets to fly with her father, Scott Byrne, an AA Captain. ( More...

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Scott Campbell 17
Very Cool, She can fly him thru retirement :) , I think that's as good as it gets, watching your kids succeed and especially when it's a shared love
canuck44 10
Absolutely. If she greased that landing his smile would be 1% of his total pride for one gets a very warm, satisfied feeling inside when a son or daughter has a notable success.
Dave Mathes 1
Well said...
Ric Wernicke 6
Very nice. Good to see one's children become successful, at the same time your children admire your line of work enough to take it up themselves.
Totally agree with both comments posted. One of the things I learned in life is that my son at 22 was better at buying cars than I was, and I was proud and happy to delegate.
canuck44 7
When at a certain point they begin to meet or exceed our achievements, it is like a role reversal for many tasks and our own values change. Laying in the ICU a couple of years ago, I told my daughter that no matter how much recognition she receives as a CEO and a Design Engineer, my greatest pride is reserved for the fact that she and her husband are terrific parents for their children.
I am sure he his proud. My son flew for the airlines until just recently and on his first trip as a captain I surprised him in Philly and flew with him from Philly to Richmond, VA as a passenger. I know the feeling. My son is a third generation pilot and I hope we have a fourth and fifth generation pilots. Congratulations Scott and Jen.
Mike Smith 4
As a father I would be proud as punch if my daughter shared my passion and proved her worth but she has done very well for her self i what he does , so i know the feeling a father has when their children succed in life. Good on her, what a way to celebrate your flying career
Coley Mulkern 3
Great story, I know just how he feels, my 25 year old daughter has followed me into the cockpit of commercial helicopters and she's enjoying a fabulous career as well. Bravo to both girls.
what a lovely story! you can see the pride in her fathers face in that picture of them both in the cockpit..congratulations to jen for fulfilling a dream, and to her father for helping her along the way..
More pressure than the standard check-ride.
I am happy that he had the opportunity to see his child in her selected career, doing what she loves and was trained for. The pride and exhilaration that he felt had to be one of his greatest experiences since the young lady entered the world. Glad that AA gave them the opportunity.
miles wohl 2
very cool
As aviators, we know how special and fun a moment like this is. Most of us can identify with the desire to do our mentors proud. At the same time, the article diminishes the accomplishments of the first officer by, again, making it look like she is somehow less qualified to be in her job. Both pilot are type-rated in that aircraft to be "pilot in command". The distinction is one of seniority and experience, not qualification.
skyhawkrg 1
Just curious, can anybody identify the type of aircraft they're in cockpit of?
cx831 2
joefly09 1
Great story!
Cool story, but why don't they fly together more often?
Dee Lowry 1
Pat Marriott 1
There was a father-daughter team that flew the DC-10 for United about 30 years ago. i flew with them once.
AAaviator 1
Great story! Proud dad, accomplished daughter - doesn't get any better than that!
what a great expirence for both¡¡
Frank Lewis 1
this is great, seeing a child be successful and able to achieve this in life is something most of us fathers don't get to see. Go Jen I don't know you but I am proud of you
bryan trent 1
that is nice
bryan trent 1
that is great that she got to fly with him
Scott Duncan 1
He must be sooooooooo proud!!!!
Dan Egelhoff 1
I received my PPL while on leave in the USAF two days before departing for DaNang, Vietnam March 12, 1970. After I dropped the FAA Examiner off at ONT I met my Dad at Bracket Fld (KPOC) to take him "around the patch" as my first passenger. I know how Jen felt with the pride beaming from my dad's heart. I was 19.
That was the last afternoon I spent with my dad as he died in a plane crash 6 months later while I was in Vietnam. I was so glad to have been able to take him for a ride.
Doug Guidry 1
Great not only when your kids share your passion but even better when you get to experience it with them.
w2bsa 1
This is very cool!! I know he must be proud.
What a great accomplishment for both !!
Well Done.
joefly09 1
from what i see its a md 88
Caring in the cockpit for man or machine promotes safety. is that not our prime directive.

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AAaviator 3
That would bring roaring laughter at a comedy club. Unfortunately in so many other venues (like this one), folks have zero sense of humor, and are spring loaded to ALWAYS playing the "I'm offended card" in a totally knee-jerk manner. Lightgen up people! There is a sublime truth to preferential minority hiring afterall - in both gender, and ethnicity. Maybe it's an inartful way of presenting a perspective, but so what. Get over your whimpering selves for crissakes. I'm not offended, becuase I choose not to be. You who express offense are usually offended because you WANT to be.
AWAAlum 0
Then the opposite end of the spectrum from preferential minority hiring is the glass ceiling. People have a right to be sensitive to certain issues without you making numerous false assumptions.
AAaviator 1
Way to go AWAAlum!

You can always count on someone to go way back in time, and continue to make that ignorant, fact-free “glass ceiling” affirmation, and foolishly attempt to give that obsolete notion some kind of relevance in our contemporary times. To be clear, as much as you might want it to exist, your mythical “glass ceiling” is simply nowhere to be found in pilot hiring, pilot promotion, or pilot pay, at least not in the past 30+ years that I’ve been in the business. You might want to push past the victim mentality, and persecution complex, and get on with life.

As far as rights, let me bring a little reality to your self-entitled world. Life on earth has very few “rights” and the “right to be sensitive” sure as hell isn’t one of them! The foot stomping, demand laden obsession over perceived “rights” is the social scourge festering within the exploding, “Jerry Springer” entitlement class who can’t tell the damn difference between 1st world inconveniences, and real matters of life and death. Lastly, your simpering rhetoric about “making numerous false assumptions” is both preposterous and baseless. The amusing irony is that you employ your own false assumptions to assert other false assumptions are being made! Now that’s just rich!
Dee Lowry 0
Well said, Aviator.
jmilleratp 2
Women and minorities get preferential hiring at the majors. When you see TV and print ads, you will see women and minority pilots front and center. That is what major airlines want. Certainly there are other preferences too, like military pilots, and children of pilots already at that major. Major Airlines can hire who they want for whatever reason they want, and this is what they do. Women at our airline went to the majors quickly, including one lady who got hired on at an airline whose hiring at the time was stated as hiring pool only. I have had numerous medical issues while at my airline, so flying my twin turbojet in the left seat is perfectly fine for me! Hey, if I went to the majors, I would go from a a twin turbojet to a...twin turbojet. And, to the right seat, which I would rather not do.
Affirmative action needs to go. Put all applicants on even footing for the interview. Put them in a real Learjet, not those imitation 40,60,70, and 80 series, 20 or 30 series or an MU 2 sim.. Fly a single engine NDB full approach from an NDB hold with a 25kt. crosswind to a short wet runway down to mins.. Upon successful completion, give them a job!!!
Oh I forgot, circle to the other runway, the straight in one is closed...
James Dawson 1
It seems you might have one.
AWAAlum 0
Sorry - I've never resort to this before, but - you're a pig!
Ineptitude in the extreme however why not see your personal Doctor and your wish for a Vagina may come true!

All fight deck crew will not want to meet with you upon their airplane until you do have your Vagina and may God help you!
Oxlong did take it to the extreme. Good for her, but here's another scenario. My CFI joined Eagle in 1994, flowed through to AA two years ago at age 47 and 20,000 hours later.
You'd be a fool if you didn't wonder...
I don't think the personal doctor's qualified for vagina installation...
AAaviator 0
It's probably easier than the Addadicktome procedure.
More pressure than the standard check-ride.
I am happy that he had the opportunity to see his child in her selected career, doing what she loves and was trained for. The pride and exhilaration that he felt had to be one of his greatest experiences since the young lady entered the world. Glad that AA gave them the opportunity. Imagine their hands on the throttles during take-off
Two qualified pilots rostered together, two pilots that trust each other to do their jobs according to their licences with only the job in hand upon their minds.

Just what exactly is the problem with having a familial connection within the flight crew if they manage their jobs according to regulatory contrictures?

Furthermore, just why is this a story that excites the somewhat smaller minds of the media? I am very disappointed by this forum upon this matter.
Some companies embrace nepotism in the cockpit, and some don't. I welcome it, but understand the other views that are against it. There would be a problem when family act like family and not like a crew.
Hello Thrustt, I admit your point whilst referring to those wonderful 'ICE PILOT'S' of the television series that is broadcast upon Cable here in UK. That is a family doing business where trying to recruit foment outwith the environment within which they operate is almost impossible.

I was not decrying nepotism nor either supporting it, I have no issues with such things, all I ask as someone riding inside the cabin is that the chaps with the hands upon the big stick up front know what to with it if things go wobbly and can get me down to collect my bags!
AWAAlum 1
It's known as a "human interest" story, Jennifer. Sometimes the media recognizes that the public enjoys and appreciates a story that's warm and fuzzy as opposed to sensationalism.
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