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March 2002 Issue

Chasing Ratings

Advanced ratings may make you a better pilot – to a point. Checkrides help your judgment, but no one can argue with experience

Advancing your ratings makes you a better/safer pilot. We’ve probably all heard that statement more times than we can count, and most pilots probably accept it as an empirical truth. However, others feel that their lack of advanced ratings does not make them any less safe or competent to fly the planes they do, the way they do.

At the risk of sounding like a lawyer, the truth, I think, is that whether advanced ratings makes you a better/safer pilot depends a lot on what you mean by “better” and “safer.” Many folks equate the type of flying a pilot does or the certificates/ratings he holds with some sort of rank ordering of pilot skill/safety/proficiency.

Few people would argue that...

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