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Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?
I never messed up again and refused to be in a hurry. I followed the checklist to the letter.
Everyone has a story like that, the day we all learned firsthand why there is a checklist. We are all taught the value of them, but we don't learn the true value until we forget something we should have done. That said, it still blows me away how many airplanes I get into that have it stuffed away somewhere inaccessible and no one using it. I guess they didn't have their moment yet. In our airplane, we had our checklist laminated and attached to the pilot side yoke.
My moment wasn't very dramatic, I tend to learn my lessons pretty quick, doesn't need to be big and scary. We were on the ramp running up and the engine died, wouldn't crank again. I kept trying and trying. For about 15-20 minutes, then I happened to look down at the fuel selector and realized it was in the off position. Oops.
BTW I love Apaches. I think they are really neat airplanes.