Before hiring a pilot it is imperative to review his training and qualifications for the position he will hold as your pilot, including his certifications. Remember that hours in the air do not necessarily qualify a pilot under the insurance guidelines and specifications for your company.
Reviewing all the “what if” scenarios and discussing the details and type of insurance coverage required for each circumstance may save you, and/or your company from total financial disaster if the worst occurs.
Important questions to review and answer in order to determine: Is Your Pilot Qualified?
- Number of flight hours and for what purpose
- Type(s) of aircraft experience, and how many hours training for each one
- How many emergency type landings has this pilot experienced
- Do you have a relational connection to this pilot in that allows you to trust him with your life and the lives of your family and employees
- Have you performed a background check on this pilot
- Where did this pilot receive his training
- Do his certificates check out; has one ever been suspended or revoked by the FAA
- When was this pilot’s last flight review, and with whom
- Is this pilot instrument certified
Other considerations that need to be observed before hiring a pilot for your company include asking a Florida aviation attorney to review and perhaps interview the pilot to discuss his qualifications and certifications. In addition, having your aviation attorney examine your insurance documents to ensure you have the proper coverage and are hiring the pilot who meets the insurance guidelines necessary to maintain enforcement of that coverage is an imperative step to ensure protection.
FL Aviation Representation
Bryan Caulfield is one of Florida’s top aviation attorneys and is highly respected for his knowledge in the field of aviation law. Contact our firm today for the best assurance that your pilot is qualified.