August 2000 Issue

Falling Star

Shop mistake leads Aerostar to lose a cylinder, and pilot’s return to the airport comes up short

Confront a pilot with a statement like, “You pilots are a smug bunch” and you probably won’t get much argument. Truth is, ego is part of the game.

As the pages in the logbook accumulate, the feelings of “been there, done that” grow too. Not quickly, perhaps, but insidiously. The eye of experience heralds the look of confidence.

While experience sometimes leads to complacency, most pilots take their responsibility seriously – even enjoy it and the ongoing training and quest for proficiency that comes with the pilot certificate. Conscientiousness may be admirable, but sadly it sometimes is not enough. Mistakes do happen, and sometimes they happen at the worst possible time.

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