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It is always easier to see with the door off, which is good, but we're talking about VERY bad weather here, much less than legal vis which is 1/2sm - talking creepy, crawly bad. It's a contingency ONLY when you get stuck - even then - and to actually land and take it off, stuff it in the back with pax, then take off again, is a pretty strong indicator of terrible decision making. To do it often is a major red flag.
Some types are better in low wx than others, the Astar is not good in the rain compared to a 500 or 206, but getting the door off an Astar mid trip is not something you would do.
Were I this guy's Boss, and I saw him land back at base with the door off and pax board, he'd be getting a good talk. Twice, he'd be gone. I've flown in all the nasty spots, Coast, mountains, arctic, and if you let yourself get to the point where that is necessary more than once or twice, you're doing something very wrong.
We all go to the point of doing this, but some never learn that you shouldn't.
I should add that, I often start flying with the door off on the coast or on mining jobs, as there is always slinging to do, and it is much better, but to get to the point where you land mid flight to take it off is not good at all.
I'm not one to call people names, but this pilot is a dumbass.angry inch wrote: I have a friend who says his regular pilot does this... I find it slightly disturbing.