It has been discussed before somewhat between me and Johan and personally (I think Johan will agree) I don't have a problem for instance taking someone who has a fixed wing Gold/Instructors who definitely has knowledge of training and how to go about it, along with all the needed safety knowledge, if such a person just obtains a heli solo then grant them club instructor status for far away clubs to help students get flying and even test them heli solo along with a qualified heli instructor. At least having this person's heli solo black on white will put weight on the fact that this person had experience enough to fly and get a heli flying safely. This person would also have some experience to know how to stay away from difficult and problem scenarios, and possibly enough skill to get out of them safely. Still you need someone that can actually help a student, fly safely. To just have someone that can test? I don't see that as a viable solution.
The post have become somewhat personal, which was never my intentions. I only wanted to be able to invite a fellow friend/heli pilot to our club to grow the heli part of the club and have fun while doing it. Our club rules are based on SAMAA rules. "No proficiency - no fly, or have a instructor next to you".
Now we are originally a FW exclusive club - so no one could fly a heli if pure club rules where followed. Which I thought was a bit unfair, since I did the trouble to pay my SAMAA, can safely handle and setup a heli ( now it's not competition stuff I'm talking about ), never the less. I was not allowed to fly unless I exempt the club, members from any incident as I was now not SAMAA covered eventhough I did the trouble of joining SAMAA and went to an approved SAMAA club. WHY fhave SAMAA then and why pay club fees? I feel that is SAMAA propose these rules, each one should have the right to practice/ participate and be tested @ his or her club convenient to both parties. If the basic requirement can not be met, SAMAA should either change the rule, or make a plan to allow the achievement to satisfy the rule. Driving another 50Km to train/practice or even get tested was in my opinion not a fair solution - in my case it all worked out in the end, but what if financial constraints or other constraints not allow the extra 50km? Still today I don't think this is fair, but that's just my opinion.
Spacey -personally helped me a lot, even reviewed shaky phoenix recordings for pre-solo testing. Help with good advice and setup to get my phoenix sim sessions up to a level where I would ACTUALLY pass a solo.( TRUST ME A NOTICEABLE diff now if you compare the 2 sessions). I also agree and understand from where Spacey is coming from since he has been there and done the necessary to get where he is at. I think we all understand and agree that these things aren't toyz and can seriously harm someone. I therefore would also think that Spacey have made a valuable suggestion towards this thread. We don't want to just be given solo's we need to actually be able to do them - my concern was the lack of the opportunity not the process. Even bigger concern was the because of lack of opportunity I was at risk - I had no insurance (SAMAA) even though I paid(SAMAA) and did the necessary (join a SAMAA club) to try and do the right thing.
Lionell - Please would you take up Spacey's suggestion as part of my original proposal to SAMAA?