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Pilots you knew who are no longer with us, and what did you learn from the reports?

I never have my biennial “hour with an Instructor” in my Syndicate aircraft.
I’ve always had a checkout in the school aircraft they’re familiar with.
It would be different if I had a share in a Pa28/38 or C150/152/172.
But I don’t fancy being P U/T in an aircraft type the P1 Instructor is not familiar with. (My aircraft are Jodel DR1050 and Bolkow Junior 208C.)

Maoraigh
EGPE, United Kingdom

I think part (perhaps a big part) of this is the type of operation where this experience is gained. I am having this conversation with some airline pilots who recently joined our club here – all, without exception, say they need quite a bit of training to become comfortable again in a GA / SEP context of flying. Mind you, these are guys with up to 20k hours in anything from 737s to A380s.

Maoraigh wrote:

But I don’t fancy being P U/T in an aircraft type the P1 Instructor is not familiar with. (My aircraft are Jodel DR1050 and Bolkow Junior 208C.)

For certified SEP types, it not an issue as long as long as they follow POH to the letter (but usually you learn far better from private owner who are more familiar and current on their type than an instructor),

On some LAA vintage types (Nord NC.850 ), good luck finding a school QFIs who fly them or even the book
Actually, the same could be said about getting checked on non-school fleet: Beech, Socata, Mooney…

Say I flew 2000h on C172, can I go and fly a microlight/motor-glider? Sure
Probably, not engine-off at 1000ft or 30kts crosswinds between the trees…

Specifically, TMG is different class than SEP and it is very tough to find the right guy who can teach both power/gliding and know the type very well, also some are tailwheel/complex/glider and fly near all weather/terrain (e.g. hot days, short airstrips, valleys, hill ridges, mountain waves, icing/convective clouds…), all this with no “difference training” or “ratings” other than just TMG, so one has to approach with lot of extra care !

Last Edited by Ibra at 13 Feb 23:46
ESSEX, United Kingdom
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