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The recent dramatic increase in commuter airline crashes is [#permalink]
08 Feb 2007, 20:01
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The recent dramatic increase in commuter airline crashes is caused in large part by pilot inexperience. As a major growth industry, the commuter airlines have recently had a great increase in the demand for experienced pilots. It is impossible to define and assess pilot experience, however. For example, someone with 1000 hours of flight experience as an instructor in Arizona, where the weather is good, cannot be compared to someone with 1000 hoursâ€™ experience as a night cargo pilot in the stormy northeastern United States.
The authorâ€™s conclusion that the dramatic increase in commuter airline crashes is caused by pilot inexperience is most weakened by the fact that the author has
(A) argued that it is impossible to measure â€œpilot experienceâ€
(B) used an example that does not relate logically to the point being illustrated
First author says that most crashes happened due to inexperienced pilots. Then, he proceeds with the statement about increase in experienced pilots recruitment. Example that he gives supports the notion that experience of a pilot cannot be identified. It makes the whole argument invalid. How could he say then that most crashes happened due to inexperienced pilots and that companies hired experienced pilots somehow without actually being able to assess their experience.