the accident pilot had about 130 hours on type, and had been an instructor for 50 hours. So only 80 hours to become an instructor.
Crazy, but if you wait for enough instructors to get "sufficient" F-35 flying time, then you'll need to buy a lot more F-15EX because you will not have sufficient F-35 pilots.
Seems like this would be an issue for any new fighter program.
Of course you would think they would have a lot more simulator time though.
The crash report... plenty of gouge and actual cause of the crash...
"The AIB President found, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the mishap was caused first,
by the MA touching down at 202 KCAS, and second, by the MA flight control surfaces, namely
the tail of the aircraft, conflicting with the MP inputs upon landing, resulting in the MP’s inability
to recover from the aircraft oscillation. The AIB President also found by a preponderance of the
evidence that four additional factors substantially contributed to the mishap. The substantially
contributing factors are: the MP landed with Speed Hold engaged and using an alternate crosscheck
method, the MP Helmet Mounted Display misalignment distracted the MP during a critical phase
of flight, MP experienced cognitive degradation due to fatigue, and the MP lacked systems
knowledge on flight control logic. "
"8. CREW QUALIFICATIONS
The MP was a current and qualified Instructor Pilot (IP) in the F-35A at the time of the mishap
(Tab G-215 to G-229). In the F-35A, the MP had 137.8 total hours, 53.4 instructor hours, and 8.0
night hours (Tab G-215 to G-229). The MP obtained his initial F-35A instrument qualification on
29 January 2019 (Tab G-229). The MP’s initial mission qualification as an instructor in the F35A
is dated 7 August 2019 (Tab G-227). The MP was current and qualified as an F-35A instructor at
night at the time of the mishap (Tab G-225 to G-228). Prior to qualification in the F-35A, the MP
was qualified in the F-15E with 1272 hours, 374.9 night hours, and 410.3 combat hours (Tab G219). Over his career he has a total of 1459 flight hours from 689 sorties
(Tab G-219). "
"10. OPERATIONS AND SUPERVISION
The 58 FS operations tempo was normal but slightly degraded due to coronavirus disease 2019
(COVID-19) operational precautions such as minimum or essential manning, mask wear and social
distancing, and a lack of in person pilot meetings and phase briefs (Tab V-3.1). It had been six
weeks since the squadron’s last night week and the MP last flew at night 42 days prior on 7 April
2020 (Tabs G-215 to G-229 and V-3.1). The MP’s most recent flight prior to the mishap was 11
days earlier on 8 May 2020 (Tab G-221).
The mission was authorized by the 58 FS operations supervisor and a review of flight training
records showed the MP and MW were current and qualified to participate in the scheduled sortie
(Tab CC-3). "https://www.afjag.af.mil/Portals/77/AIB ... Signed.pdf