One Rule to Flying: 150 Hours

Many new pilots have not heard about the one rule when it comes to flying. In many cases, the first 150 hours a pilot spends flying are the safest ones he or she will experience. This statement is rather a paradox. How can the first hours of an inexperienced pilot’s flight times be the safest? After all, logic dictates that a pilot would become safer the more time they spend gaining experience in the skies. However, many pilots should look back on this statement and give it a solid review by asking whether or not the time has been more or less safe.

When it comes to being a brand new pilot, all of the protocols are hardwired, fast and strong into their daily operations. In some cases it is easy to pick out a new pilot out on the ramp. They are very vigilant about checking air pressures in tires and making the ailerons swing back and forth. This type of pre-flight check is done much more thoroughly by newer pilots than seasoned ones. Seasoned pilots might treat their pre-flight check a bit differently. They are not as thorough in how they do their checks, so there is a question of which pilot is more likely to catch errors and concerns that need to be fixed before takeoff.

Some seasoned pilots realize their pre-flight check takes half the time now of what it used to when they reflect back on their flights across time. This realization should be cause for some alarm. It is a wakeup call to more seasoned pilots that they need to be more thorough in their occupation. The kind of thorough that came when they were flying within the first 150 hours.

At the same time, this wakeup call does not need to be a cause for total alarm. In most cases, seasoned pilots do perform a rather tightly done pre-flight check. While they can take the extra time to do be more thorough, there is no reason to become obsessive. Going on a witch hunt to find out where a single drop of oil came from might be a bit too overbearing. It would create problems instead of finding ones that already exist.

At the same time, pilots in their first 150 hours of flying usually end up learning how to handle more severe situations weather wise. They learn to handle each storm with ease, and they are able to adapt to any given situation the more time they fly. However, this rule of safety applies to flights in storms as well. Because the pilot is a little more cautious during their first 150 hours, they are actually safer than a seasoned pilot might be.

About the Author

Svilen Petrov
My name is Svilen Petrov and I’m founder and chief editor at Wings Journal. Wings Journal is an independent media, which provides you daily with the most interesting and actual news for air companies, airports, and aviation technologies.

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