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  •  I thought at first that article was snark. (10+ / 0-)

    The premise offered by Fowler is silly on the face of it. What the hell is "superior training?"

    People are supposed to have liability insurance on their motor vehicles, but that doesn't keep people from doing stupid car stuff.

    As I see it, the purpose of liability insurance is to protect your assets should you kill or injure somebody.

    Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

    by Otteray Scribe on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 08:12:59 PM PDT

    •  What it means is... (7+ / 0-)

      You wouldn't just have to satisfy the FAA with your flying skills at whatever level of certification you held - you'd also have to make an insurance company happy about them.

      Fowler assumes the insurance industry would be able to do a better job getting pilots to improve their skills AND respect their limits. Plus, he is concerned with the liability aspects. From the story in the book, surviving a crash may be just the beginning of an extended legal nightmare, as this review of the book suggests.

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 08:24:04 PM PDT

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      •  Been there and done that. Got the cap an t-shirt (8+ / 0-)

        When I got my Skymaster, I already had decades of flying time, including having my multi-engine rating. The seller gave me a thorough checkout when I bought it.  Yet, my insurance underwriter required an additional 13 hours of dual in it before they would release me to fly it solo.

        With centerline thrust, it was a piece of cake to fly compared to other twins, since it has no Vmc to worry about.

        That was interesting. Do you know how hard it is to find a multi-engine instructor who has even flown a Cessna 337 or O-2?

        Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

        by Otteray Scribe on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 09:25:11 PM PDT

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        •  I personally don't, but my wife who is the private (1+ / 0-)
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          pilot in the family does:  And you are spot on.  I was just a the "hanger hubby" while my wife took her training, and received sign offs.

          “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

          by LamontCranston on Thu Jul 17, 2014 at 06:40:09 AM PDT

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