Wow, a rambling off topic reply.Grand Birther wrote:
Rogue Moron fails to see the irony in his egotistical dismissal of other pilots.
Rogue Moron is a pilot and a truck driver. If only he could admit that he harbours a deep-seated resentment of those smarter and more successful than him, pages and pages and pages and pages of this thread would not have been unnecessarily wasted.
No, what is sad is that people think just because they have money, the can do what ever they want. Did you know Arnold Palmer has over 18,000 flying hours??? And both Harrison Ford and John Travolta are accomplished aviators.
The trick for anything that is dangerous is to know your limits and the limits of you machine!!! After that, it becomes a calculated risk.
Do you remember Gov. Mel Carnahan from MO who was running for the U.S. Senate in 2000. His son was flying when he had a relatively minor instrument malfunction.
Now, try and fly a Chinook on a partial instrument panel with both SAS's off line in moderate turbulence .... for an hour!!! Yes, I have done that in training just to be ready.
In Korea I flew a Chinook fromthe DMZ back to base with one engine on emergency trim and both SAS's off line. Yes, you work your butt off but a well trained pilot can handle it.
Oh, and I have done this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =7po3JlgWhvQXX&feature=fvw rel
But what you makes you feel good is when they post the following day's missions and the enlisted crew sees who their pilots will be and you hear a remark, "Great, I have Mr. Slick/Sooth as my pilot" or, "Oh sh*t, I have captain azz-hole"! The crew in the back knows who is not only a good pilot, but who will look after them.