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I have a H4.  I have no designs on a H5.  I also have ATP helicopter/MEL.  The reason I think the requirements to advance are strict is because unlike the rigid environment that we are in while achieving ATP,  the environment for HG/PG is lax and unregulated, and it is appropriate to ensure that HGPG pilots are truly of the skill level that the rating indicates.  If a rating allows one to fly from a site or fly a glider that they really shouldn’t then that affects us all relative to insurance issues.

The P2 pilots launching from Crestline with negative consequences is a bit of a  low level example of the reasons for strict requirements for advancement.