Re: Learning from mistakes, ours and theirs.
As a professional aviator who’s specific line of work involves a niche of flying that involves a reasonable degree more potential risk that say a commercial pilot, the one thing I think is the old aviation truism:
There are old pilots, and bold pilots, but no old bold pilots.
Sure, it is a broad statement, as most such sayings are. Kind of like the saying that in a competiton to fly lowest, you can only tie with the ground.
Two dimensions can be just as risky as three for sure. Mishaps in three dimensional travel just seem to be a bit more abrupt on occasion. I’m no experienced salt. Just a novice coastal cruiser. But when I brought my boat down from the Chessapeake to NC over a 4 day trip that pales in comparison to most of the journeys I read on here, my mate was a fellow aviator and we both crewed with the same sense of purpose as if flying (as in prep, care and maintenance, pre and post flight... I mean saling, etc). A common thread in both disciplines which made it all the more enjoyable.
Said in no way critical. Good sea story of learning. Just being conversational. That said, another old aviation addage is something like:
When you start, you have three buckets. Two are empty: knowlwge and experience. Third is full: luck. Be sure not to empty the third before you fill the first two!
I wonder if that was an old sea addage applied to flying years ago...
Last edited by Bird Dog; 09-22-2018 at 10:12 AM.