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  •  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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