Competence is viewed with suspicion, as another guise
of arrogance, which is the worst crime anyone can
commit - not crashing - in our politically correct world
of soccer games without scores, where everyone is
In another thread I started a discussion on high risk flying and used air show flying and ag flying as examples of two types of flying where competence counts.
Guess what, it was not long before the flying under wires when applying chemicals came up.
My position was clear, I was taught to pull up early and fly over the wires then to assure proper coverage of the crop we do a headland pass to cover the portion before the wires.
Another poster feels that flying under them is the best way.....
.....and in another post he said this.
One guy I was flying with had 7000 hours of spraying. 3 crashes. Walked away fine.
One because he inhaled his phitocyde trail on an oversteep turn, and the two others were wires I think.
My position is flying over the wires using a safe pull up margin means if you fly over them you can not hit them and crash.
From the above example ag flying has to be dangerous because in that example the airplane is crashed about every two thousand hours.
So maybe my method appears to be to cautious but I don't have to get a new airplane every two thousand hours and I could go through the whole season without interuption while waiting for a new airplane to replace the one I crashed.
But it gets better...
Another poster jumps in and makes this brilliant observation.
I think the level of danger of any flight is completely in the control of the pilot. You can make "safe" flying very dangerous and you can make "dangerous" flying pretty safe.
Exactly what I have been trying to point out in the discussion.
But then he makes this comment.
Personally I think talking about the "dangerousness" of any particular type of flying is mostly an exercise in dick measuring.......
So tell me Colonel, just because I believe in accurate flying and not getting outside the envelope which kept me from crashing...why is that dick measuring?