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Author: Capt Easy   Date: 2/5/2019 7:42:48 AM  +0/-0   Show Orig. Msg (this window) Or  In New Window

Dual pilot?  You must be military and unable to do your job without someone holding your hand along the way.  

Actually, most people calling for dual pilot for HEMS are those without enough experience to really be able to do the job. Not to make this a mil vs civ thing, but, by far, the pilots who come in with some decent IFR experience come from the military. I work with a couple of civilian trained pilots who do well with IFR, but they were also fortunate to have had previous jobs where they were able to get IFR experience.

When the job market was tight, there was also a call for dual pilot for HEMS. However, the vast majority of those were people with low time and not enough experience to get a job in HEMS. The dual pilot thing was seen by some as a means to get into HEMS and hopefully get the experience they need. The reality is that they would have been copilots for a loooong time, and paid a lot less than they were hoping for.


Ive seen more issues with two pilots than one.  

Dual pilot is not a panacea. People who still call for it don't really think it through.


 You can’t teach people good decision making, sadly.  

 I disagree completely.


BUT I do believe there is no substitute for actual helicopter IFR experience.  Everyone is afraid to commit to IMC.  For no good reason other than the fact that they haven’t done it.

I agree. The pilots who have the IFR experience will readily go IFR. Unfortunately, too many places want to be IFR programs, but then can't attract experienced pilots, so they hire people with little (or even no) IFR experience.



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