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Pilot's Classification Based On Experience

Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:16 am

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.

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RE: Pilot's Experience Classification Based On Age

Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:33 am

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.
 
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RE: Pilot's Classification Based On Experience

Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:21 am

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.
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RE: Pilot's Classification Based On Experience

Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:51 am

Experience is generally measured in total hours. A more appropriate measure would be number of landings. Or at least number of approaches/landings in an airline or commercial setting.
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RE: Pilot's Classification Based On Experience

Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:50 pm

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.
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RE: Pilot's Classification Based On Experience

Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:07 pm

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.

FYI, wikipedia is your friend: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilot_certification_in_the_United_States

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