April 2010 Issue

Experience Counts

I couldnít agree more with your Editorís Log position in Marchís issue, "Blame the Pilots." Iím far from convinced the Buffalo accident is indicative of a systemic training and certification problem. I agree that when a perfectly good transport category airplane is allowed to slow to stick-shaker speed and the wrong control inputs are made, thereís an issue in the cockpit. But the Colgan captain had an ATP and thousands of hours of experience, so what exactly would this proposal mandating a minimum number of hours have prevented?

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