Originally Posted by xfc3dcd
For every unregulated AP operator that would compromise public safety in pursuit of greater profit, there is another who would never consider doing the same due to having every spare moment and dollar invested in the business. Most people I respect feel only very light regulations are warranted for commercial AP work and I agree.
There is nothing about your post that I disagree with. Unfortunately air crash history is full of cases where a company who wanted to make a little more money ended up killing their employees and their customers. Companies have the best intentions and have posters on the wall that say "We are committed to doing everything for the health and safety of our customers and employees".
Then there comes a day when the profit margin starts to look a little thin, and a decision has to be made. The decision is whether or not to fly with a plane that is known to have problems and the new parts are not going to be in until next week and we need to make this flight, and there is only a .5% chance of killing anybody, and the only other option is to go bankrupt. Which of these choices is the one you would choose?