It's everywhere! This ubiquitous bit of advice: "If in doubt, go around!" seems to be in every relevant FAA publication and in many privately-produced materials as well. If you read my last post, you know that I had an experience last year that put that advice to the test.
A Fateful Day in February
"No, no, no! This can't be happening," I thought, wishing that I was in a dream. I felt like I was in a dream, as the airplane skidded sideways, the propeller batting against the hillside. Finally, the airplane came to rest and the propeller came to a halt; everything was suddenly silent. I took a moment to collect my thoughts and then looked around to assess the situation. What just happened?
I Learned That the Hard Way
It's always better to learn from someone else's mistakes, right? But sometimes we get to learn (and teach others) from our own mishaps, missteps, miscalculations, and misfortune. It's usually not fun, and as pilots we tend to conceal our faults and shortcomings and promote our strengths as much as possible—especially in front of our fellow pilots. Not only is our pride on the line, but for some pilots their livelihood is at stake as well.
I have noticed that there is a trend toward openness and transparency among pilots, and in general I think that's a good thing. In that spirit, I've decided to write a series of blog posts about some things that I've learned the hard way in my short career as a pilot. This will be a series of posts, and I have a preliminary list of topics in mind. I can't promise that the list won't change, but here are some of my ideas:
I hope to make this series as interesting and helpful as possible, and I hope you'll continue to follow along! Look for the next blog post in a few days!
Aaron is a private, soon-to-be instrument-rated commercial pilot, planning to serve as a missionary pilot-mechanic.