November 2010 Issue

Playing Defense

Rationalizing away challenges to completing a trip is a classic defense mechanism, often bringing poor results.

Unless our flight’s purpose is training or flying for recreation, we’re usually trying to get somewhere for a reason. We’re on a mission, so to speak, and have the goal of getting from Point A to Point B as quickly and efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, we sometimes omit "as safely as possible" from that list. It’s human nature to have a goal for most of our activities, something pilots often express in the form or a flight plan. Events, conditions or fate can conspire against our ability to meet those goals, however. Examples include mechanical, physiological or meteorological obstacles.

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