There is a direct correlation between desire, passion, and the ability to learn.
An equal relationship exists between performance and practice.
To be a master of anything you must have desire, passion, and do it.
Today, be a master of your life!
The question of the week:
What is more important, experience or recency?
Everyone knows the power of experience. But is that experience more important than being current? Especially when flying planes.
Will a pilot with 10,000 hours of flight time who gets checked out on a new plane and doesn't fly it, be as proficient as a new pilot with only 1000 hours, but 500 of those hours are in type?
There are a few variables. If the new type was on a Boeing and you've been flying Boeings your entire life then experience will help. But what if you've been flying a Boeing but you're checkout was on an Airbus, and then you don't fly it for six months. Is it possible to stay proficient from the ground?
The FAA has mandated 3 takeoffs and landing in the previous 3 months. But is this enough? Most all International flights have augmented (extra) crews to give the pilots breaks. It's very likely that a pilot has been flying for 3 months, but hasn't received a takeoff or landing because of seniority. Taking a trip to the sim for a takeoff and landing is a good thing. But what about the reserve pilot that sits at home and doesn't fly? Is filling that square of legality enough?
- How long can you stay out of an airplane until you feel unproficient?
- At what point does your level of performance decrease?
- Is safety an issue with a reserve system that keeps pilots on the ground for months at a time?
I would love to hear your thoughts. All pilots included. Thank you!
Enjoy the Journey!