chopperman Posted January 11, 2008 Report Share Posted January 11, 2008 From all the new hires I've done over the years the the thing we have noticed lacking the most is operational experience. One thing that seems to stand out is confined areas. We then have to put extra training time into the pilot to bring them up to snuff, so to speak. My training was similar to Cole's minus the long line, it was all short line but 21 years ago there wasn't the push for long lining. Tell me why you couldn't add a sling load to your last cross country, it's something your going to have to do in the real world, find that new location that you have never been to with a load under you. While making sure you avoid dwelling's and built up area's, I've seen poor airmanship in regards to this many times. How many times does a student fuel out of a drum during their training? How many students experience a bambi bucket not releasing and have to set it down to see whats wrong (very much a reality in the real world)? By Cole manually draining the bucket this tells me he is getting good training and has a good head on his shoulders. The more they are trained in operational flying the more confortable they are going to be when I send them out on that first job. As long as the instructor keeps drilling the emergencies (which in Cole's case is happening) I think the slinging, mountain training and any other operational training the students do will most definately benifit them in getting a job. I also feel that every individual is different whether it be skill wise or personality and it is up to the instructor or Chief Pilot to assess that and advance them training wise or work wise into aircraft and jobs suited to them. Todd Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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