There needs to be better grooming and training of pilots, less expensive to learn how to become a pilot, better pay for pilots in their early years and on smaller 'commuter' airlines. It is not very good to pay someone flying humans more like in term of real time working for a pay rate like a worker at McDonald's. If they are smart and good enough to be pilots they will look to areas of work that pay better up front, allow them to afford to pay off loans and don't have the responsibility of flying.
OEM's need to ensure they test aircraft initially with test pilots, and then real pilots with different proficiency levels.
Perhaps a future feature for passengers selecting a flight, will be the ability to check crew experience based on training and hours on type. If below a certain threshold, the ability to cancel and re-book at no extra cost.
Charter operators are already doing that kind of background check. When my schedulers booked a charter (corporate operator needing lift), they would present me with a brief on the crew’s licensing and flight experience, aircraft status. If the crew didn’t meet our standards, I’d approve a waiver or disapprove the crew and ask the operator to change crew or rebook the charter. The most frequent red flag was a high experience captain and newly rated co-pilot. I’d call, verify it was a FO in training with an instructor.
There’s no dangerous planes, no dangerous pilots, no dangerous weather. There’s only dangerous operations. A Cub can just barely kill you, Bob Hoover crashed a plane having not checked the tanks had the proper fuel
and thunderstorms have been safely penetrated. The more hysterical here, ten years on, will be flying MAXs without a thought especially, if the choice is driving for days or swimming.
Off-topic, but I feel I should reply, on Mr. Hoover's behalf. I spent a lot of time with him over an 8-year period and he told me how this went down. I think it's a mischaracterization to hang the refueling error on Bob, if that's how the comment was meant. A very young guy put the wrong fuel in Bob's tanks. He was in tears after the accident & Bob forgave him and asked that he not be fired, and next time Bob came through that airport, he made sure to have the same young guy be the one to refuel his plane. That's how Bob was. This resulted in the "Hoover Nozzle" and the "Hoover Ring." sort of like the restrictor that was placed in automotive fuel-tank filler-necks during the transition from leaded gaoline to unleaded gasoline, to prevent the larger "leaded" nozzles from being inserted into tanks meant to be filled with unleaded fuel.
Hoover Nozzle and Hoover Ring
The "Hoover Nozzle", used on jet fuel pumps, is designed with a flattened bell shape. It cannot be inserted in the filler neck of a gasoline-powered aircraft with the "Hoover Ring" installed, thus preventing the tank from accidentally being filled with jet fuel.
This system was given this name following an accident in which Hoover was seriously injured, when both engines on his Shrike Commander failed during takeoff. Investigators found that the plane had just been fueled by line personnel who mistook the piston-engine Shrike for a similar turboprop model, filling the tanks with jet fuel instead of avgas (aviation gasoline). There was enough avgas in the fuel system to taxi to the runway and take off, but then the jet fuel was drawn into the engines, causing them to stop.
Once Hoover recovered, he widely promoted the use of the new type of nozzle with the support and funding of the National Air Transportation Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and various other aviation groups. The nozzle is now required by federal government regulation on jet fuel pumps.[