defcribed wrote:The fear is probably less of the course itself, more of the cost, the compulsory nature and fixed date.
The cost is not crazy - probably less than 1.5hrs flying for most aviators? I guess it isn’t compulsory as you can refuse to do it and then accept a different course of action like a suspension of licence prior to taking a flight test with an examiner? Not sure you could call ‘90 days to complete’ (ie. a quarter of a year) a fixed date (singular)? (I’m also pretty sure that a short extension outside that timescale could be be made for reasonable extenuating circumstances).
I’m also reasonably sure that the Authority want some element of deterrence within their proposed CAP1404 plan? If there isn’t some consequence to breaking the UK Air Navigation Order, which is UK Law, then it also won’t deter individuals from doing it again or being more cautious in the future. The course, I would suggest, is a light-touch measure with an education (or even rehabilitation for some) element built in. If I was in the CAA’s position I am not sure I would do it much differently?
It's £200. In reality, with travel costs, no-one is getting away with less than £250. For many, a hotel stay will be essential and then the whole exercise will be well above £300.
Now I can well afford that. In fact, given the chance, I might even pay £200 to attend voluntarily - just to see what all the fuss is about.
But £200 is not small change to everyone. For a pilot on a small budget that could easily represent 4hrs flying (it does for one of the aircraft shares I own) and those 4hrs could be all they can afford to fly in 3-4 months or even longer. Do you really think the course is a better use of that money than the currency it would bring if spent on flying?
We're always telling ourselves that flying isn't just for the wealthy, but the reality is that most of us who fly any significant amount are quite comfortably off. I know someone for whom £200 represents more than a month's disposable income. We sometimes need to get a grip and appreciate that we are not representative of society as a whole.
Schrödinger's cat walks into a bar. And doesn't.