I travel a good bit so I end up flying fairly frequently. Flying doesn’t scare me. I trust that the airline is doing their due diligence to make sure the people flying my plane know what they are doing and have the experience to get me from point A to point B safely. Maybe I should start questioning that more after reading this article. The combined age of a pilot and co-pilot team that flew out of London is 45 years young. 26-year-old captain Kate McWilliams and her 19-year-old co-pilot Luke Elsworth made the flight successfully, but I wonder if those passengers knew or would have cared?
I had no idea a 19 year old could be a co-pilot & a 26 year old a captain? Eeeeee, I don’t know. That seems young. I know we all have to start somewhere but I’d like to think the person flying the airplane has a little more experience than that. I mean, I want my pilot to be the combined ages of those two.
I think my kids are super capable humans, and even though I have great faith in them and their abilities, I don’t think I’d even want them co-piloting my plane. Even if they have years of experience. That pilot had been flying since she was 13 when she joined their air cadets, so she has plenty of years of experience. But I also think there’s something to be said about that wisdom comes with age thing. Although I guess we would trust her to birth and raise another human at that age, and that’s a dang important job. So maybe trusting her to pilot a plane isn’t that crazy?
What do you think? Would you freak out a bit if the combined age of your flight crew was 45? Would it not phase you at all? Let me know what you think.