GA330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 117 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 4520 times:
Hi guys, this is my first post and hope that you all can help me with a problem that my colleague is having in his research.
He needs information in which pilots' experiences can be classified into different categories based on experience. To be exact, are there some classifications by government agencies or civil aviation organizations / authorities on which pilots' are categorized based on their experience.
This information is needed for his research on pilots' error data and how experience factors into these accidents.
PLEASE, lets not have any argument on pilot's age and accident. My colleague regard highly of this forum and he is just looking for the information above.
Thanks a million to all those that provide useful information.
Fly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 4471 times:
Could you explain yourself better?
From what I understand about your questions, No such classification exists. In the US the government sees a commercial pilot as a commercial pilot, regardless if he has 300 hours or 15000 hrs. Nowhere does the government state that one guy with more ours is more experienced or "better" than one with less time, or viceversa.
BMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 16264 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 4412 times:
Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 1): In the US the government sees a commercial pilot as a commercial pilot, regardless if he has 300 hours or 15000 hrs. Nowhere does the government state that one guy with more ours is more experienced or "better" than one with less time, or viceversa.
And for that matter, no one in their right mind would hire a pilot that they did not think would make a good captain.
Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
PapaChuck From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4199 times:
I think it would help to clarify the definition of experience here. Are you talking about total time or ratings and training? 5000 hours VFR in a Skyhawk is totally different from 5000 hours IFR in a 777. Flying time counts, but the type of flying can mean a lot more.
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 10414 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4161 times:
If you are a transport pilot, you do not progress beyond that. Experience is measured in hours, but the only regulations are based on what license you have.
Student (can fly solo)
40 hrs Private (can fly recreationally with passengers in VFR)
40 hrs Instrument (same, but IFR)
250 hrs Commercial (can be paid to pilot a plane)
N/A Instructor (optional) (can instruct a student)
N/A Multi Engine (can operate a plane with multiple engines)
1500 hrs Transport (can fly for a commercial operator as captain)
If you are a transport pilot, you can be captain of a large airplane. To the FAA, all transport pilots are the same. There is not a sense of more experienced = better as far as regulation goes since all that matters is minimum experience. In the airlines there are commercial pilots and airline transport pilots. Commercial pilots can only be first officer (or captain of a single pilot plane).
In practice, operators have their own requirements for experience. Often the are a product of union rules.