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I would like to start out by saying that this article was overall sort of good! What I completely disagree with is a general aviation person who has never done any professional flying outside of instructing writing about how single pilot IFR general aviation guys are just as skilled or more skilled than airline pilots. That is a completely absurd and erroneous thought. This article was completely saturated with undertones of self righteousness. First, airline pilots are highly skilled, screened, and trained before they ever even reach a cockpit for an airline. To imply that a newly instrument rated private pilot shooting an approach at 80 knots is exercising the same amount of skill and encountering the same amount of stress as an airline pilot shooting an approach at 165 knots behind thousands of pounds of thrust and an airplane the size of a building layed over on its side would be completely absurd and sheer ignorance. Further, to imply that airlines are safer due to their avionics and lack of required effort to control the airplane, is to completely disregard and pretend that the safety record has nothing to do with the sheer skill of the pilots themselves. The impecable safety records are greatly in part because of the skills and aptitude of the pilots behind the controls. It is this writers opinion that general aviation pilots should get over the facts that they are not as skilled as airline pilots and probably won't ever encounter the level of flying that an airline pilot encounters on a daily basis. To suggest that general aviation flying is ever harder than airline flying is to demonstrate sheer ignorance of what airline pilots do on a daily basis. However, I will end this commentary on a positive note. I think a general aviation pilot with 20,000+ hours finally admitting that general aviation glass cockpits increase risk is wonderful. Message Edited by Ja189 on 12-10-2008 09:57 AMMessage Edited by Ja189 on 12-10-2008 09:59 AM
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