|07-22-2004, 10:04 AM||#61|
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I am: Jim McIntyre
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A good idea Dennis but, these documents can be forged quite easily and some executives are more thorough than others....
Also, as in full scale, currency and health play a role in proficiency.
- Someone who earned their wings some time ago, and hasn't flown much recently
- Someone with a new aircraft beyond their skill level
- Someone with a condition that affects their eyesight or concentration.
- Someone developing a substance abuse or mental problem
The simplest "rule" that seems to work at our clug (and most clubs I've visited) is to have someone qualified (e.g. the CFI) check them out. You'll get the same response at the local full scale field. Try to rent a plane as a stranger to the club and the CFI will likely go with you for a check ride first.....
Si fractum non sit, noli id reficere - (If it ain't broke, don't fix it).
|07-22-2004, 12:28 PM||#62|
I am: Boolean21
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Jim this would only be a reference for the host club. Since it would be strictly voluntary on both the club and the pilot it would not give licence for anyone to fly freely at any club they visited. Like your club any new member showing up at our club is asked to fly with an experienced club member until they are familiar with the club rules and no fly zones etc. All it would do is give an indication of how his skill levels are viewed by his home club.
Since membership applications are filled out each year they would constantly be upgraded.
The competence of the club executive is not really an issue. The membership of that club felt enough confidence to vote them in and are trusting their judgment to run the club on a day to day basis. After all its not an endorsement but a recognition of his skill level at his home club. Everyone seems to think most of this safety stuff be left to the discretion of the individual clubs well this is it in a nut shell.
Like I said same as full size pilots, scuba divers etc etc it does not give you open licence at all it is by way of an introduction nothing more than an indication of how your peers view your skill level.
In fact the idea of it being upgraded each year might in fact forewarn you of just the thing you speak of medical or physical restrictions.
Fraud well that will happen no mater what after all you can buy wings at a swap shop.
Since this would be strictly voluntary and most likely you still would be checked out at any club you are visiting I cannot see the point of anyone trying to fake the level of their competence. On the other hand anyone or club participating and taking the time and effort to fill this out would lead me to believe they might instead take the safety and skill level of the pilot quite seriously indeed.
I remember my trip through Ontario flying with as many clubs as I could a few years ago. There were several times I went to a field to find only a few members in attendance. At several of these I could have easily flown without even showing I belonged to MAAC simply because they looked in my van and saw several planes. They just assumed that because I had them in my possession I was capable of flying them.
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