August 2017 Issue

Just Trying To Help

Sometimes, our best intentions of helping out ATC or the guy following us on the approach prevent us from flying the airplane all the way to the ramp.

We all know the hazardous attitudes the FAA wants us to understand. Concepts like anti-authority, impulsivity and invincibility have no real place in the cockpit. Now, Iím going to add one more: the desire to be helpful, or the motivation to please others. One of my big motivations in life is to be helpful to others. I enjoy writing for this magazine, for example, because it is helpful to other pilots. I also get great pleasure in being a solution to other peopleís problems.

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