"Seat warmers in the cockpit"

Rogue5

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SEAT WARMERS IN THE COCKPIT

Aviation Week & Space Technology
07/18/2005, page 6

Clark Fraser
Arlington, Tex.

Last month, I bade good-bye to the 25-year-old son of a friend who was off to be a real airline pilot, make that a real regional airline pilot. He had just completed a regional's flight school, paid his $15,000 and was, with 340 hr. flight experience, off to become an Air Line Pilots Assn. first officer.

I'm appalled that anyone would certify and insure someone at that experience level to fly in the right seat of an RJ, piloting a 50-passenger jet aircraft. He never had flown an hour in actual IFR, counted a single hour of turbine experience or had any reasonable level of experience before donning the uniform of one of America's largest regionals. Pity this fellow's captains as he navigates his way up the seniority ladder.

We have a scenario in which supplying the requisite number of "bums in seats" is all that's needed to legally operate 50-seat regional jets for the U.S.' major carriers. Where did common sense and safety go?
 

CA1900

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Uhhh... what's an ALPA First Officer? Are they operating an airline now? :D
 
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