In response to Mr. Sheets’ concerns for “under trained” fixed wing pilots operating in the Sport Pilot category flooding the sky, I must reply, “Chill Out!”
The Sport Pilot program is a nice reprieve from an already overregulated industry. Mr. Sheets has already noted how “pilots with many hours” end up NTSB statistics. I recall reading insurance statistics that related the greatest risk pilot is the one with 100 to 200 hours and that a pilot who just received their ticket is as safe as one who has about 500 hours or more.
No, I’m not worried about that Sport Pilot in his or her putt-putt plane tracking in on that UBG VOR nor do I see them “flooding” the skies. We couldn’t be that lucky!
Hayden Lake, Idaho