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In response to rating system changes, I agree the current system is not ideal, but have to agree with Zac a reluctance to change. I was frustrated with some of the requirements needed to advance to H4 and it’s failure to consider other factors. A conversation with Zac helped me realize the situation is more complicated than my situation. The varying flying conditions throughout the U.S. make it difficult to set one standard. Flying at AJX makes it pretty easy to acquire lots of flight time in a single season, whereas in other parts of the country, the flying season is much shorter and the ability to achieve long flights more limited. Simply put, the instructors who developed the rating system had to consider a broad swath of flying conditions to develop a reasonable standard of skill requirements. The rating system could certainly be improved and updated, but it must be done with broad consideration of pilots and flying conditions throughout the country.