QUOTE(jetracer5 @ May 5 2007, 10:44 PM) [snapback]116672[/snapback]
The captain ALWAYS calls the abort except for anything catastrofic (sp?)... but any crewmember including a jumpseater should bring anything up to the captian that effects the safety of flight.
Another "urban myth." Each airline has its own preferred way of doing business - at least in the US. There isn't any thing prescribed in any rule or in any operating procedure from the manufacturer that dictates who makes "the call" and who makes "the abort." Of course there ARE some airlines that do it the way it is described here. But there are airlines who train the FO to reject the takeoff and expect him or her to do so if it is necessary. Some of those airlines leave the decision to reject to the Captain, and some allow the FO to make the decision.
In fact, I personally believe that changing control of an aircraft to execute an abort, particularly when the aircraft is at a pretty good speed, is just asking for trouble. Listen to almost any pre-takeoff briefing ... the crew always says that if there is a problem after
takeoff, they'll just continue with the pilot who made the takeoff continuing to fly. There is certainly less to do under those circumstances and there should
be less tension and pressure in the cockpit. However, when there is more tension and more pressure to do it correctly; when there is a potential for serious consequences, THAT is where some airlines insist on having a FO relinquish the controls and let the CAPT take over to reject the takeoff. Very strange indeed!