We pilots pride ourselves in sticking to our guns. Perhaps to a fault.
Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas and wily pilots do it. We do it in the daytime and at nighttime, but the problem is, most of us resent doing it. We start out intending to go one place, and find ourselves faced with the decision to divert. The DC-8 was on approach more »
It was a chilly, spring morning in Barcelona. There had been some light rain the night before, and although the sun had broken out, the air was still humid when 4 crew members and 146 passengers—among them 16 exchange students, two of their teachers, two opera stars, reporters, and three generations of the same family, boarded more »
Learning how to train yourself to relax in the face of danger
You read the accident reports, hoping to learn something from someone else’s troubles. Often, I imagine, you’re left with a nagging sense that things just don’t add up. Why did the highly experienced pilot do that? Why didn’t the CFI grab the controls and take over? The answers might lie in a kind of stall more »
It’s not a fad. Meditation can help situational awareness, flexible thinking and staying calm in the face of multiple demands for those of us who fly.
It is impossible to get from the bedroom to the bathroom in my house without stumbling across the word “mindfulness” on some book or magazine cover, which is an extraordinary feat because the bedroom and bathroom are connected. It seems as though you can do anything from making your bed to flying an airplane with more »