Ask some of their younger guys about “circuit breaker bingo” or the guy who actually defecated in the assistant chief pilots V-file 2 months ago in Charlotte. How many of the members of the 20000 hour club are listening to their iPod while they are deviating around weather, or taking videos of steep and unusual approaches, because it looks “cool.”
I’m wrong. It’s not lack of experience it’s a lack of respect for a job that requires an abundance of awareness and respect for your surroundings, whether on the ground or in the air.
For the record, I am a “low timer” I’ve only got about 3000 hours, I am not a better pilot than any of them, I am a firm believer in “There are those who have and those who will.”
The difference with me is that I have had the privilege of flying with retired airline captains, and a couple of former USAF aircraft commanders. My job is to look out for the other guy, while he looks out for me. I was taught to respect my job and be a professional whether I am loading pax bags or flying the Roaring Fork Visual into ASE or the LOC\DME into TEX or simply the visual approach into my home base.
This isn’t about a clipped wing tip, it’s about a lack of respect.
I’m not sure who’s at fault in this incident, it doesn’t matter really. I’m not anti RJ, I also don’t have a solution, but if you have two guys up front that think this a game, there will be more accidents.