LLLV19 1-14-2019 A Pilot in Life’s Game
Some years ago a friend remarked concerning my athleticism, “Larry, just because your feet itch does not mean that you would have been a tremendous player in the NFL.” We haven’t been friends since that unfair and snide comment.
Here’s a statement from a wealthy and courageous pilot. His comment is triply correct when you’re considering test pilots who have gone where no man has gone before.
"Pilots are athletes playing the game of life, and you cannot lose once!"
Robert is emphasizing a fundamental truth about being a PIC, the pilot in command, the fact is that as the pic you have no one to blame, no excuses and that you must control the airplane during the entire time. To some, this means taking responsibility before entering the plane and controlling the aircraft to its place at the tie-down or hanger. More than one pilot has lost his life over failing to remain in control while taxing along the taxiway. In some cases, failure to check for water in the fuel, a pilot’s responsibility, has ended in the loss of life, or plane, or both.
So, enough. What about the journey of life? If piloting an airplane requires training and continuous training, why do we think we can make our life journey by merely breathing as we go along?
Proper planning for a flight is a little much to go into here but be sure to take time to plan for a day, let alone a life involves, well thought out consideration. Proper attention to details has brought us this far. Failure to continue this attention may deny us the privilege of tomorrow.
Which suits you best:
“Only those who will risk going too far can find out how far one can go.”
“I will tiptoe safely to the grave.” Earl Nightingale.
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