Are airliner copilots just an unqualified apprentice?

Other answer:

vic:
In the United States the first officer of a part 121carrier is required to hold an airline Transport pilots certificate in the catagory and class of the aircraft. My cousin had to get his own type rating in the company's equipment prior to being employed
Skipper747:
Negative –
I would call them assistant captains – since they are well qualified –
The only difference, is somewhat less years of experience –

They can take over, if the captain becomes incapacitated –

When I was flying, I always invited the first officers to occupy the LH seat –
And be the pilot flying and share the flight time equally –
Assume "captaincy" of the flight – to improve their qualifications to be command pilot –

Being qualified is NOT because you have a CPL or ATPL, 3,000 hours, and jet type ratings –
Being qualified is having a lot of practice –
You do no get qualified as pilot, by sitting on your hands –

Underwood:
No, but you are an unqualified asker.
Pilsner Man:
No, but you are an unqualified asker.
Ogden:
they know how to fly the type aircraft they are in or the aircraft would still be on the ground
Glover:
they know how to fly the type aircraft they are in or the aircraft would still be on the ground
Roberts:
hmm
hollifieldrobert:
they know how to fly the type aircraft they are in or the aircraft would still be on the ground
matt:
hmm
Warbird Pilot:
No.

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