Safety and Attitude
The importance of a continuous and deliberate personal additude concerning Flight Safety cannot be underemphasized.
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In general, those who listen, learn and apply the wisdom of what they are taught and further continue to learn on their own will prosper. Aviation is their livelyhood.
On the other hand, those who pretend to learn, listen very little and fail to apply what they have been taught often accelerate themselves to populate the incident/fatality lists of the NTSB database.
In my opinion Aviation is not inherently dangerous, but Aviation has dangers that must be mitigated to an acceptable level.
Aviation is also about continuous Situational Awareness and Aeronautical Decision-making.
I would hope that one day, (only one day would be satisfying) that I might read the NTSB Accident Synopses - by Month and/or Kathryn's Report and not see twisted metal, death, injury, suffering and a myraid of lawsuits.
Personally, I read these reports daily. A few times I have known the individuals involved and more often the places these incidents have occurred. Perhaps you too.
Two close friends I have flown with have perished in aviation accidents. Another close friend was at work with us on Friday and did not come back on Monday. After formal NTSB investigation, in every case the fatalities were avoidable if different actions were taken. All were experienced pilots.
Each person either made a critical mistake or was with someone who did. Either way, the outcome was the same and there was great sadness to those who were close, and the sadness continues to this very day.
We, at CEFS utilize the time-tested lessons learned by FAA studies to counsel you and ourselves about Flight Safety and Aeronautical Decision-making.
There are five deadly attitudes in Aviation that constantly reappear:
(1) Resignation - It will happen no matter what I do.
(2) Anti-authority - I will do whatever I want.
(3) Impulsivity - To do something without thinking it through.
(4) Invulnerability - It will never happen to me. I am too skilled.
(5) Macho - I am above it all and better than anyone else.
Everyone, including myself has a little of these attitudes from time to time. But, these singly or in any combination cannot be allowed to dominate our thinking.
In summary, I can only say one bit of wisdom. Fly wisely, or we and those who fly with us will not be flying for long.
At CEFS, you will see/hear Safety Briefs frequently.
Consider on-going training with the FAA Safety Team.
Curtis Eads Flight School
1200 Gene Bolton Dr.
(left of the FBO)
Suffolk Executive Airport (KSFQ)
Suffolk, VA 23434
Phone: (757) 465-1692
Our office number is a cell.
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