World's Stupidest Pilot Errors
So many mistakes are just asking to be corrected
If you’ve ever been to a farm, you know that when one cow makes up his mind to blaze a trail to the feed trough, the other cows always follow. It doesn’t matter if there are obstacles along the route or the farmer hasn’t put corn into the hopper—cows blindly follow. They don’t use judgment, ask questions or learn from their mistakes. I call this the Moo syndrome. Pilots may be eons apart on the Darwinian scale from cows, but they, too, follow each other, disregarding the mistakes made by their predecessors. The outcome could very well be disastrous, but they still blindly follow.
Take the case of hand-propping pilots. Pilot number one hand-propped the engine by himself when his battery went dead. He tied the tail with an old rotted rope, which parted once the engine came to life. In his effort to jump in and save the day, he missed the step and the horizontal stabilizer struck him to the ground. The airplane did an expensive dance on the ramp, hitting three airplanes and a light pole. The FBO was vindicated by saying it never provided tiedowns and that the rope must have been an old leftover. Pilot number two, not to be undone, also tried a solo hand-propping exercise. This time, the airplane took off with him hanging desperately onto the strut, just missing the fuel farm and the credit-card machine. The airplane finally shook him off and targeted two parked airplanes and two chain-linked fences before stopping.