I agree. Pilots are usually a smart crowd who can learn new skills. No one in the CAF has flown a P8, I would say a qualified experienced 737 pilot might have a leg up on a P3 pilot or even a new one out of training.The RCAF has to change (lots of old dogs don’t/can’t learn an FMS) but there is a whole bunch more to flying a P8 than a 737NG from YEG to YYZ.
Nope, a few airline pilots are ex military, again most are pretty smart and very trainable and adaptable. A select few fly Firefighting aircraft who have select drop stores panels.Does your typical airline pilot operate an armament panel and drop stores or weapons? Do they understand ASW and ASUW tactics?
training.Can they employ defensive countermeasures to avoid being shot down?
If they had the chance, a few of those heavy commercial pilots were bush pilots. You really don't want to know some of the things they have done.Do they typically turn and burn at 250kts, 200ft AGL at night, 1000NM offshore?
Yet training can be modified to bring on more pilots from different backgrounds. Lessons learned in blood goes many ways. One way that really scares me is the lack of skilled pilots to go around. As that skill set fades from the Military side of things here in Canada it should make many people worried.Some things need to change. Somethings are the way they are because we learned those lessons in blood.