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Musing: Why can I fly solo?

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After seeing a program about a lifecoach trying to find the time to get his pilot’s license I was struck by an in escapable fact: Aspiring pilots can flight solo without a license based on the opinion of their flight instructor. In fact it is a requirement that an aspiring pilot have experience flying alone before being able to get a pilot’s license.

This is naturally unthinkable when it comes to driving a car, yet an aspiring pilot without a license can. As I was musing on this I created a risk matrix.

vehicle max. kills[1] kills/2009[2]
car >60 1.2 million
airplane 2988 1103

1. Airplane Accidents
2. Car Accident (Epidemiology)

What I see as one of the main reasons that a aspiring pilot would be allowed to fly solo is simply: Aviation accidents cause less collatoral damage. And there is less chance of another pilot causing an accident.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

January 13, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Posted in humour, personal, risk, travel

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