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Can I choose the best pilot to fly me as I am fearful of flying?
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Tuesday, 29 November 2011 15:49

Captain Sully of Hudson River Crash

Hi Capt Lim,

Love your site!! I have a fear of flying, I try to avoid it at all costs... the survival rate is slim to none.

So I was thinking is there a way to increase my chances of survival in the air. For instance; how do you feel about passengers being able to have all the information regarding the current pilot before booking a ticket?

Meaning, before I purchase my ticket, I would see that Captain X, has 16000 of flying time, no accidents, and any other important information, dmv records, drug use. I would be like a pilot scorecard.

Also, does this exist already? If not, where can I go to find such information?

Lynette

Hi Lynette,

As far as I know, personal records of each airline pilots are not revealed to the public. Perhaps in the future, a limited pilot scorecard may be introduced by some airlines.

I may be mistaken, but I believe some private aviation charter companies may have some pilot information for their clients as this is vital to their businesses.

In the airline industry, the competency of the captain to carry passengers is granted by the fact that he legally holds an airline transport pilot license. At the airline level, he is stringently checked and examined before he is promoted to a captain after many years flying as a First Officer. Nevertheless, safety of airlines does vary from one to another but most of the major carriers are generally very good.

Captain Sully (see video below) of the Hudson River crash fame is one I consider as the best but you can never find his pilot score card anywhere for the public to view. Similarly, it is unlikely that the personal records of medical doctors or surgeons, akin to the one you suggested for the pilot, are available to everyone at the hospital directory.

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Bigger problem?
Isn't there a bigger problem here with telling you who's going to be flying - when you book a ticket the pilot(s) who fly your route are almost certainly never known, with rotas being drawn up much closer in advance, but changing almost up to the point where the door closes?
Alan , 30 Nov, 2011
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Meh just don't fly, flying is awesome...I enjoy every moment of it.
If the pilot flies for an airline, he had many hours under his belt.
Iv got 30 hours now in a piper tomahawk and iv seen and heard some instructors save many situations, there is nothing to be scared of , pilots are highly trained an thoroughly checked to make sure they are proficient.
Try to over come your fear as you may just enjoy it ! smilies/smiley.gif
Brandon , 12 Dec, 2011

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