HiFlyChick wrote: ↑Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:11 pm
Heliian wrote: ↑Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:19 pm
I can't believe how stupid and cheap some pilots are. First complaining about a $55 medical and now about a vulnerable sector check which costs $30.
The VCS is becoming commonplace in volounteer positions with children, get over yourselves.
If you are getting all grumpy about paying $30 because you know YOU aren't going to molest any kids, contemplate this - this check is for EVERYONE. Does it really hurt you that much to pay$30 to ensure that children are not exposed to a child predator? (And we're talking about $30 for the entire year, not per child - amortize it over a bunch of flights with a bunch of kids and the cost per child to help keep them safe is pretty low)
If you think that it can't happen in this type of situation, you are sadly naive. What cost in keeping children safe? Maybe COPA isn't worried about liability, maybe they're just worried about children
You honstely think one child will be saved by that check? It's a pilot they spend 20 minutes alone with, if that. And the check is not for EVERYONE. It is ONLY for the pilots, not for the ground crew or other volunteers that spend more time with the kids, as stated above.
If you look at past cases of child abuse, it is, as stated previously by other posters, a person in power that spends a lot of time with the same child, builds some kind of trust relationship with the child over a longer time span (weeks, months). The pedophile also tries to hide his actions, by manipulating the victims. It is just impossible to do all that in a 20 minute flight.
It is a slap in the face to all the pilots who volunteer their free time and money to give someone a nice and free experience. They can either do 4 flights or spend that same amount of time satisfying an irrational fear of their parents/COPA. What do you prefer? A pilot offering 4 flights or a piece of paper?
If you are truly worried about your kid being molested by the pilot, then don't attend the event. Or pay for the pilot's inconvenience. Things like this destroy nice initiatives.
Bonus question: would the biggest danger to the kid in this program be the potential to be abused, or the potential to crash due to a rusty non-current over-confident weekend warrior in a possibly questionably maintained airplane?