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The Risks of Small Airplanes

July 11, 2009
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Risk, for a pilot, is an ever-present and formidable opponent that faces you down in a three-dimensional chess game every time you climb into the cockpit. Flying a small airplane, without all the back-up systems and performance of a large airliner, is not a matter of bold audacity. In fact, there’s a well-known saying in aviation: “There are old pilots, and bold pilots, but no old, bold pilots.” Survival in the sky is a constant dance between immutable forces of nature (gravity, drag, winds, weather) and the plane and pilot’s ability to navigate skillfully through that gauntlet. And if you judge that balance incorrectly, and fail to give risk its due respect, there’s no bailout available. The consequences are unforgiving, life-threatening, and final. No numerical wizardry can outfox a strong downdraft, counter a low gas tank, or perform a magical pull-up after a badly-planned low show-off pass.

From Why Bankers Should Fly Small Airplanes

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Debbie permalink
    July 11, 2009 1:56 pm

    No risk, no fun. You just live a little faster.

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