Agreed. If a second pilot is going to make or break a flight department, the owner probably shouldn't be in the aircraft in the first place.My owners INSIST that we stay a single-pilot operation. Hmmm, maybe I could get a copilot if I forward this story to them...
I call it cheap insurance. What if there had not been anyone else on the plane with aviation experience? Bet they would be wishing they forked out the extra cash for a copilot then!
They are going to get a low-time single-engine pilot and put him in the right seat and see how he does.
They are lucky they didn't get that guy killed. In my opinion, that was an extremely poor example of how to talk an aircraft down, even if it was successful. Max breaking on a 2 mile long runway? Pull the power bank and figure it out on your own within 10 knots?; full flaps at 120 no slower than 110. How about be aware of the pitch and speed change when going to full flaps, etc (once again, the A/P coming into play) How about Low Idle or Feather the Props when on the ground? They should have got the guy on the phone to tell him how to put that thing on autopilot with heading mode with ALT select active, then left him fly 30 mile circles out over the water or something with the heading bug and at 200 Knots, giving that guy on the phone or some other B200 pilot a chance to come into the cab and speak with him directly to talk him down. Give him N1 or FF, or Torque settings. Use the A/P to fly the approach down to the runway and hit the red button on the Yoke to land it.
I'm glad it turned out well, but the workload on that guy could have been a lot less had they done it right. I'm sure he is still stressed out. Great story........
Do you know how many different avoinics configurations they have in all the 200's? They got it down on the ground, that is what counts.