Taking Back Your Right to Fly | Greg Hill – Free to Fly
June 15, 2022
Greg Hill is a retired military veteran and until the mandates, he was once a commercial flight pilot but chose leave in order to co-found Free to Fly, an organization advocating for personal health freedoms for all aviation personnel in Canada. Greg returns today to offer some insight and an update on the progress made to-date on Canadians’ health freedoms as it relates to the aviation industry.
On Free to Fly’s Mission….
As pilots, there’s an onus on us when we go flying to ensure that we’re fit for duty. If we’re fatigued, even if we’re not at our mental prime, if you’ve got something going on in parallel, that could be distracting during your flight, we take this kind of thing extremely seriously. I assess my fitness before I go. And if there’s something that’s distracting…because you’ve got 150 lives or more in the back that you’re in charge of, you simply opt out and don’t go flying that day. And so, what we’re trying to point out is the regulators should be equally invested in the safety of our flights and that extends immediately into our flight crews’ fitness for flight.
On the Character Types that Become Pilots…
That culture of, this is what’s expected of you, this level of honor and responsibility to the industry and to your passengers. And now that culture is being completely undermined just as you said it is in the medical profession. If you go back to say the 1960s and 1970s go do a deep dive on a crew resource management or otherwise there’s all sorts of things that over, certainly the 1970s and 1980s got into our culture where it created that environment that I’m alluding to where you’re in a flight deck…it’s not ego-driven…it’s permissive where people can speak up and raise concerns. That’s how we fly airplanes. I shouldn’t be sitting there as a junior crew member with a pilot who’s hot headed and watch him do things that are incorrect and be afraid to say something because he might make fun of me.
On Questionable Post-Jab Flight Crashes…
That’s one of the questions in this document to Transport Canada.…things happen enroute and that’s why there’s a second pilot, sometimes three or four pilots if you’re going to Australia or something. But as you point out, whether it’s a private pilot flying over a busy populated area and Cessna 152, or some of our freighter type flights that are single pilot. There are no backups and sure things happen from time to time, but…if you look at the VAERS reports it’s sufficient, and I’m fielding enough phone calls. Like I said, never in 30 years, have I come remotely close to any type of awareness of this much damage to people that are typically as healthy as the average airline pilot.
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