A license to forget


As a mere private pilot, I was horrified to learn the bill recently passed by Congress requires airline pilots to receive training in actual stall recovery. Every pilot knows this is one of the most basic skills which must be demonstrated before first solo and at nearly every encounter between a pilot and instructor.

I have heard many safety experts, as well as normal instructors, say that a pilot’s license is merely a license to learn. Apparently, for a few airline pilots like the ones of the unfortunate Colgan flight that led to the legislation, the Air Transport Pilot rating is just a license to forget.

PAUL MULWITZ, Camas, Wash.

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