BirdsEyeView wrote:Wow. It does appear here that the GA pilot community is dead against anyone responsible for the safety of the airfield checking them out.
I don't think that it's that people are against it, just that a lot of people with a huge amount of experience have never heard of the sort of arrangement you suggest in your first post. It would be interesting to know where you have experienced the sort of requirements you suggest.
@JAFO I have stated my opinion (like many others) in this thread. For my own privacy, I am not about to respond to that question - and neither should I in order to affirm the question's validity
Generally: To restate; my opinion is that a new group member MAY be required to have a check flight (with an instructor) either as a courtesy to the person responsible for the safety of the field and to its users, or to satisfy the group and/or its conditions. I don't have a problem with that, while others clearly do.
There appears to be a low opinion of CFIs from some; that is the impression I get reading back. Whatever they might think of the status or validity of a CFI or of his/her duties, I think all would agree that safety is paramount - although they are not well paid for such responsibility in addition to their training duties. Unfortunately, the rule breaker in GA exists, believing boundaries are for pushing against while claiming 'more experience than most'. I have met them - they are proud of themselves, and the perceived hierarchy of a CFI seemingly rubs them up the wrong way. I for one, would be very unhappy if my group aircraft were exposed to such, as they are often people who blur the difference between Risk and Hazard.
Just my opinion. My contribution to this topic. Thanks for reading