June 2007 Issue

Procedure Vs. Technique

Everything we do in or around an aircraft needs a reason. We need to think about what we do, why we do it and how we can do it better. Or not at all.

To succeed in aviation, we develop the athlete’s ability to live in the present moment, at times exercising every last ounce of skill, discipline and judgment—wisdom, if you will. Well, we’re at least cognizant of what’s around us, even while we’re reaching back in our minds for the knowledge we have acquired at an earlier time. Although there is very little athletics in the serenity of cruise flight, throw in one or more of any number of challenges and, sooner or later, we all meet The Wall. It might not be quite as exhausting as when your leg muscles go anaerobic during too long of a run, but it’s just as real a limitation.

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