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10-11-2018, 01:24 AM
How many professional pilots pay for or receive additional training outside of their job at an airline or corporate flight department?

I'm thinking about airline or corporate pilots getting tailwheel, upset recovery, seaplane, helicopter, etc.

Has anyone done it? Just for fun or to improve your stick and rudder skills? What did you think?

10-11-2018, 08:17 AM
Upset recovery is expensive. Upset training in a light airplane won't carry over or have a lot of relevance to flying a corporate swept wing turbojet aircraft; neither will tailwheel training, etc. Helicopter training is expensive and also have virtually no relevance to flying a corporate aircraft.

Some will go get additional ratings for their own purposes. Many won't. Very few will bother with additional type ratings; most of us find that if we need to take expensive training, we'll let an employer pay for it.

Some of us flew tailwheel, did aerobatics, and and other such stuff long before we flew turbojet aircraft.

As for stick and rudder; most jet aircraft require the pilot to keep his feet flat on the floor; a little too much rudder can lead to disaster. On a big airplane like the 747, too much rudder can roll the airplane over. On most transport category aircraft, too much rudder or reversal can cause a structural failure.

10-12-2018, 09:39 PM
Many airline pilots get tailwheel, seaplane and glider ratings on their own because they want to for fun or to improve their gut understand of aeronautical principles.

I don't think that anybody pursues upset training per se, but many enjoy aerobatic training and practice, which will teach the same things that upset training does.


galaxy flyer
10-13-2018, 05:45 PM
We did NTPS upset training at Mojave every three years, company required and paid. Changed over to APS in Arizona later.