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1 Professional pilots are part of a safety organisations which supply them with- and forces them to follow courses, undergo recurrent training at no cost and on a regular basis. The private pilot must organize all such activities by himself as well as pay for it.
2 Professional pilots fly there first n x 1000 hours with a mentor, the captain, and can drink of his many thousand hours experience.
3 Professional pilots fly day in and day out the trough out the year.
So of course, in general they are better pilots, especially when it comes to piloting the airline way.
However this does not mean that they necessarily are more talented pilots and certainly not that all professional pilots are better than all private pilots.
And being a private pilot and an ATC/AFIS commuting from work to home on a weekly basis with a DASH8, most times as guest in the cockpit, I can tell you this.
Especially in bad weather, two pilots flying an instrument approach with a rock solid and highly weather capable aircraft, maintained at the highest level, with all the latest avionics, does in my opinion not bring the same amount of stress nor workload as the single private pilot experiences in a SE airplane, maybe even without an auto pilot, wrestling with the yokes down along the glide slope.
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