bcdpilot wrote:Pretty common, people who fly big stuff let their ego get in the way of common sense. Jets are much easier to fly than small planes and people who learn in jets cant usually find their rear end hole with both hands when it comes to small planes !
Easier to fly????
....well you have the experience that qualifies your opinion. So you are welcome to yours. I disagree however. I'd not say easier. I'd say different....certainlly more complex. Plus those of us who have had the priviledge of flying jets and heavy metal recieve the best training in the world before we fly them.....either military or airline training. That training gives our performance a big boost once we step into the cockpit. Perhaps if everyone recieved equivalent qualtiy training before they flew a C-150 or a Maule....they might think that flying small airplanes was easier.
Lets put it this way.....who is less likely to bust his ass, doing touch and go landings: a guy with 20 hours total lifetime flight experience....exclusively in a C-152 or the guy who has 20 hours in a B-777 as their exclusive and total flight esperience? That should give an indication as to which is "easier." My experience tells me the guy with 20 hours total flight experience couldn't even get that 777 around the patch if he had never flown anything at all before.
We are all aviators. Just as the heavy metal guy will have a heck of a time with a light airplane at first....so will the light airplane pilot when dealing with the complexity, speed, weight, inertia, etc. etc. should they sit down in a large jet and try to fly it..... without training.....day one.
I listened to the general aviation, military, airline pilot superiority argument for 30,000 flt.hours. As I used to tell my ex-military copilots....."the U.S. Military pilots are the best in the world at what they do....U.S. Airline pilots are the best in the world at what we do....and the Alaskan Bush Pilot is the best in the world at what they do." "Most of us could handle any of the missions: military, airline, bush flying with time and training....so forget this superior airman bullshit!"
I had the good fortune of coming up through general avaition into corportate aviation and on to a 35 year airline career. Along the way I never stopped flying light airplanes and have owned three different ones since 1984. My comfort level was the same in a 767 or a Pitts. Not everyone has had the opportunity to stay so involved.
Everyone fly safe now.... and enjoy the privilege that is ours. Let's be supportive of one another. If we don't.....who is going to look out for us?