generaltso said:Define experienced pilot... one who has 5000 hours? One who has done single pilot IFR at night carrying checks through freezing rain?
I private pilot I know has over 10,000 hours of VFR day flying. Is he an experinced pilot?
I've seen and heard of "experienced" pilots busting sim rides to either get a job or to pass training.
In my opinion too much emphasis is put on hours. People relate high hours with people that have good judgement. If you look at the NTSB records, many of those high hours pilots have made fatal mistakes.
I am not saying lower time pilots aren't prone to mistakes, all I am saying is that it is more about the pilots attitude then the amount of hours he/she has.