This is what I was trying to say taking 200 hour people out of your Canadian flight school is much different than the European style cadet programs where it is trained from day 1 to fly an airliner.
Been there. Done that. In that type, at that airport, in fact.
But you know what? Even at EK, with an FO with 12,000 hours of experience with previous military experience on a C-5 - that would STILL be a captain's landing, mandatory. FO's are restricted to 20 knots crosswind max, in the Ops Manual. And of course the captain can elect to take ANY landing if he feels it would be in the best interests.
olddirtycloud, you're just embarrassing yourself. It appears you have zero knowledge of the how cadet programs work. No, a "monkey can not be trained to fly a 737", I'm sorry you have such low self-regard. Cadet programs are an incredibly competitive process even to be selected, and every inch of the way these guys/girls are tested way beyond the licensing minimum. They don't just throw low-time guys in a seat. Every single sim/flight is an intensive training session in which they can be cut from the program. Perhaps you can explain how doing hundreds of hours in a level D sim of your type, training every conceivable non-normal situation, is less valuable than hour-building in a Cessna, for airline ops lol? And then hundreds of sectors with a training captain before even being released to the line. As I said, an incredible opportunity.
Of course experience can only be developed over time and exposure to the operation. A couple weeks ago I did a trip to JFK. My FO was a young lady with about 230 hours TT. Her first job was with the airline - on the B777. But she was only with me after two years of nearly constant training. She did a flawless job. I did not have to correct her or instruct her whatsoever. (I'm guessing that she now has more operational experience on a trans-polar ULR widebody flight to JFK than you do!) Now if we'd had a serious emergency, who knows? But I could also say the same about any FO I've never flown with before. I've had some potentially serious inflight incidents in the past, and even with "experienced" FO's it still wasn't always pretty. Observing her performance I have every confidence that between my own experience and her proficiency we would have handled anything just fine. Incidentally she'll probably be in that seat another 10 years+ before getting a chance to upgrade. Still want to trade places? I'm guessing there should be enough "experience" in that time to satisfy you?
I AM slightly surprised that Sunwing is going with such a program - because it's expensive! That's why it's usually only done in places where there are other reasons like lack of GA or nationalism i.e. the Middle East / Asia /Europe. My only concern is that they'll do the typical Canadian airline thing, roll their own and cheap out and do a bare minimum to get bodies in seats. If that's the plan, then they WILL give ab initio a bad name. But the attempt to vilify cadets on the basis of something like a go-around is ignorant.