- Dec 29, 2005
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Anybody else see this:
Seemed like using raw number of accidents rather than percentage of hours flown skews the picture to make single pilot ops just about as safe as two pilot ops.
Or am I missing something?
I was right there with you thinking the article was a total hatched job because the vast number of private jet operations are multi crew. However, looking at the type of aircraft considered, all are single pilot certified. It's at least possible there are more single pilot operations among that group than multi crew operations. I'd really like to see the actual numbers, but sadly I doubt they exist.
I used to fly a King Air 350 almost exclusively single pilot. I freely admit, on the rare occasion two single pilot captains flew together just trying to help the other guy out, invariably something got missed despite a type rated captain running the checklist from the right seat. We had no sop's for division of tasks and whether it was because each pilot thought the other guy would do something, or neither of us was operating within our normal flow, things got missed. Many times single pilot airplane captains train by themselves so they can fly by themselves when necessary even if they are normally part of a two pilot crew. I know I always trained single pilot. That can't be a good thing for a duel pilot crew. Considering pilots who fly this select group of airplanes often don't train together, follow multi crew SOPs, or regularly even fly as multi crew, I can see this article's conclusions being completely plausible. Also, considering a second pilot in a single pilot airplane is not required, some may not even be trained in type. Hey Mr. Flight Instructor, I need a copilot...