Originally Posted by Barrie Youde
The question is sometimes asked, "Why does marine pilotage still exist as a profession, at all?"
At least one person asking the question has been heard to point out that no equivalent exists in the aeronautical world; and that a fully-fledged aviator is qualified to land at any airport in the world. The response to that point has been made, "And at what altitude would you suggest that a local pilot should be put on board?"
I merely offer the observation here that the provisions relating to compulsory pilotage in the maritime world are not created by serving pilots, never have been and are never likely to be. They are created by the public legislature in the interests of the rest of us.
A professional denigrator no doubt and a clueless one at that: see Post 110.