Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:42 pm #1843291
Flyin'Dutch' wrote:Iceman wrote:I’d expect any school, be they renting to either a freashly-minted PPL or to a seasoned 25000 hour ATPL SkyGod, to sign out (authorise) every single flight, irrespective of how many flights the person has done with the school. This is no reflection of the capability of the pilot, merely a procedural issue that the school has authorised the flight(s) in their aircraft. If people have a problem with obtaining such an approval then they [i]are[i/] the problem.
Maybe I have ever only been hiring from cavalier outfits but other than signing the book there has been, other than when I had my PPL just in my pocket, never been any 'authorising' of any flights.
What sort of bollox is that?
How do they authorise flights which take their aeroplanes away from base?
There is a long history of Clubs authorising flights, rightly or wrongly, together with often convuluted currency and checkouts. Just the way it is, clubs can and do impose their own rules.
Personally I dont think it is entirely such a bad thing. Pilots often progress to a Club enviroment, and take some comfort in a blanket that may well moderate their desire to fly in conditions beyond their ability. It is all very well saying a newly fledged pilot should be able to make their own decisions, but in the early days we have all gone up in conditions that proved rather more lively than we expected.
Many clubs also like a "going foreign" check. Personally I have never seen the point, but for many pilots it is another big step so perhaps not such a bad thing.
After all the best clubs are a group of like minded pilots, looking out for each other and taking their members through the early steps of piloting. Isnt it like so many things, the licence is just a licence to really start learning and a club is a good enviroment for doing so - or can be. I am not one for too many rules, but inevitably it is a fine balance.
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