posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 01:14 PM
I wasn't suggesting that they would go solo on the SH without a full conversion onto the type (just the same as a USN pilot going from say F/A-18C to
SH - sim, classroom, dual, solo). But, we are not talking about people coming straight out of flight school, either.
While the USN training system would have no problem fitting these pilots into the system, what I'm wondering is who pays for all the extras required
to give these guys the carrier qualifications. If they have to do a T-45 conversion as well, then that all adds to the cost. Like I said, there's
no such thing as a free lunch.
So it's not a matter of doing the T-45 to do a conversion onto SH, but rather if they would have to do the T-45 to get the carrier qualifications.
If there is no real plan or purpose to them gaining carrier qualifications, it all sounds like a waste of time and money really, especially if they
have to do a second conversion in order to gain the qualifications.
I guess what I'm asking is, while say, an ex-Tomcat pilot converting onto the SH has already gone through all the basic training associated with
carrier landings and would presumably not have to go back to the T-45 to learn it all over again, the RAAF pilots while as competent on their previous
aircraft as the Tomcat jock, have never done the basics of carrier landings, so just where in the system do they get that training. Presumably, as
with your own pilots, the carrier qualifications, when converting to a new type, come towards the end of the conversion, after the student is
thoroughly competent to fly the bird, so I'm not suggesting in any way that they would jump into a SH and go looking for a carrier on day one.
The Winged Wombat
[edit on 23/8/07 by The Winged Wombat]