I get what you're saying, but truthfully, from a small 703 operator standpoint, when I was in a position of flying both single pilot and two crew, it was actually preferable to fly SPIFR than with a brand new low time F/O. In general, I found it much more work two crew in that case. I'm not saying that it's necessarily higher risk, but I suppose it depends on how bad the wx is and the experience of the PIC. In general, the amount of effort/experience req'd for the PIC in solid IFR is: (1) with an experienced F/O, (2) single pilot, (3) with a very inexperienced F/OKitzbuhel wrote: ↑Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:06 pmman if you guys knew of the 400hr(TT) hornet pilots flying around, landing in Inuvik at night in IMC you'd have an aneurism... Or the 500hr QFIs in Moose Jaw.
Would I trust myself as a 200hr Cpl pilot flying in challenging conditions? Never. But I would trust a 200hr pilot in a right seat with a relatively experienced pilot. They won't have seen it all but generally speaking have as much of a interest in saving their own pink bodies as you all do.
Reading this was painful, get off your high horse
Everyone thinks that SPIFR is the hardest, but if the F/O is fresh out of school with no actual, they are also unlikely to have seen much turbulence (and obviously no icing since no actual), so on a really tough day, the PIC should have a higher experience level than just going SPIFR since it's almost like teaching