Freedom, Responsibility, Lift and Thrust.

May 30, 2012 by Bruce Landsberg

Last week’s blog on the NTSB’s recommendations to improve experimental or amateur built (E-AB) aircraft safety  brought out a lot of pithy comments as did the blog a week earlier on Santa Monica.

Regarding the NTSB recommendations on E-AB, while it’s tough to argue against safety, it appears that if the rules and guidance that are already published are followed, there probably isn’t a need to promulgate more. There is a lot of guidance, and by this time next year there will be still more from EAA, FAA, and the Air Safety Institute relative to flight testing, transition training, and loss of control. At some point, however, we pilots have to take responsibility for our actions and for the consequences. Let me be clear that we welcome the insight that NTSB provides—it’s up to pilots to use it intelligently!

The corrective action that physics and gravity mete out is consistent and swift. The only unfair aspect is that occasionally passengers fall victim to misjudgment—just as they do in cars, motorcycles, and at baseball games. (If you read the ticket, the owners let the buyer beware that they may get beaned by a foul or fly ball.) As PICs, we should be ever mindful of that! FAR 91.319 (d) is clear that, “Each person operating an aircraft that has an experimental certificate shall…Advise each person carried of the experimental nature of the aircraft.” That’s not something to be glossed over, and the aeronautically-unqualified passenger should understand what it means.

The fairness surrounding land use and politicians keeping commitments is much less self-correcting. The U.S. has traditionally prided itself on freedom and the ability to accomplish things that may entail risk, personal growth, learning, and sacrifice. But for every black there is a white, a yin for a yang, or a down for an up. In too many cases these days, facts become irrelevant and emotion—which is a bad way to govern—holds sway. (That’s not unique to the aviation discourse these days and is a much bigger conversation.)

As pilots and defenders of the ability to move freely, the challenge of even well-intentioned regulatory creep or land grabs should not be accepted lightly, as previously noted. It’s now time to get involved regularly in communicating the value of GA and the freedom it brings. Acknowledge that without risk there can be no reward, and that some rewards are most definitely not worth the risk (that yin-yang thing).

As a new pilot many years ago, I understood the safety responsibility intuitively, but did not understand the need for AOPA and the AOPA Foundation in defending the freedom to fly until some years later. That mental sunrise has been gradually continuing with the recognition that the human impediments to flight are every bit as real as drag and weight. It is up to each of us to provide thrust and lift. I hope you will join with us in keeping GA aloft!

Bruce Landsberg
Senior Safety Advisor, Air Safety Institute

ASI Online Safety Courses  |  ASI Safety Quiz  |  Support the AOPA Foundation

  • Bruce Ziegler

    This survey needs an “All of the above” button.

  • Bruce Landsberg

    Well done, Bruce! Thank you….

  • Kandace Sutton

    I was very pleased to seek out this internet-site.I needed to thanks for your time for this wonderful read!! I undoubtedly enjoying each little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you weblog post.

    Can I simply say what a reduction to seek out someone who really is aware of what theyre speaking about on the internet. You positively know the way to bring a difficulty to gentle and make it important. Extra individuals need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant imagine youre not more widespread since you positively have the gift.
    very good publish, i definitely love this web site, keep on it

    It’s onerous to find knowledgeable people on this subject, however you sound like you understand what you’re speaking about! Thanks
    You should take part in a contest for top-of-the-line blogs on the web. I will advocate this website!

    An fascinating dialogue is value comment. I think that you must write more on this matter, it may not be a taboo subject but usually persons are not sufficient to talk on such topics. To the next. Cheers

    Good day! I simply wish to give a huge thumbs up for the nice information you could have right here on this post. I will likely be coming again to your blog for more soon.

    This really answered my drawback, thank you!
    There are some interesting closing dates on this article however I don’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There is some validity but I will take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we wish extra! Added to FeedBurner as nicely
    you have an excellent weblog right here! would you prefer to make some invite posts on my blog?
    When I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new feedback are added- checkbox and now each time a remark is added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there any method you may take away me from that service? Thanks!
    The next time I read a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I imply, I know it was my choice to read, but I truly thought youd have one thing attention-grabbing to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you may fix if you happen to werent too busy searching for attention.
    Spot on with this write-up, I really suppose this web site needs far more consideration. I’ll in all probability be once more to read rather more, thanks for that info.
    Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read something like this before. So good to search out any individual with some authentic thoughts on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up. this web site is one thing that’s wanted on the net, somebody with a bit of originality. helpful job for bringing something new to the web!
    I’d need to check with you here. Which is not something I often do! I enjoy studying a submit that will make folks think. Additionally, thanks for permitting me to comment!
    That is the best weblog for anybody who wants to find out about this topic. You understand a lot its almost laborious to argue with you (not that I truly would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, simply great!
    Aw, this was a very nice post. In idea I would like to put in writing like this moreover – taking time and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and on no account appear to get something done.
    I’m impressed, I need to say. Really not often do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me let you know, you have got hit the nail on the head. Your concept is outstanding; the difficulty is something that not enough individuals are talking intelligently about. I am very pleased that I stumbled throughout this in my search for one thing regarding this.
    Oh my goodness! a tremendous article dude. Thank you However I am experiencing concern with ur rss . Don’t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting identical rss downside? Anybody who knows kindly respond. Thnkx
    WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..more wait .. …
    There are actually numerous details like that to take into consideration. That may be a nice point to convey up. I provide the thoughts above as basic inspiration but clearly there are questions just like the one you convey up the place the most important factor might be working in sincere good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged round things like that, however I am certain that your job is clearly recognized as a fair game. Both girls and boys really feel the impression of just a second’s pleasure, for the remainder of their lives.
    A powerful share, I simply given this onto a colleague who was doing a little bit analysis on this. And he actually bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love studying extra on this topic. If potential, as you turn out to be experience, would you thoughts updating your weblog with more particulars? It’s highly helpful for me. Huge thumb up for this weblog put up!
    After examine a number of of the blog posts in your web site now, and I actually like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking again soon. Pls check out my web page as well and let me know what you think.
    Your place is valueble for me. Thanks!…
    This web page is mostly a stroll-by means of for all the information you wished about this and didn’t know who to ask. Glimpse here, and also you’ll definitely discover it.
    There’s noticeably a bundle to learn about this. I assume you made sure good factors in options also.
    You made some first rate points there. I looked on the web for the issue and found most people will go together with together with your website.
    Would you be occupied with exchanging links?
    Nice post. I learn something more challenging on different blogs everyday. It should at all times be stimulating to read content from different writers and practice a bit something from their store. I’d prefer to use some with the content material on my blog whether or not you don’t mind. Natually I’ll offer you a link in your net blog. Thanks for sharing.
    I found your blog website on google and check a number of of your early posts. Proceed to keep up the excellent operate. I just additional up your RSS feed to my MSN Information Reader. Searching for forward to studying extra from you later on!…
    I am often to running a blog and i really appreciate your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I’m going to bookmark your web site and keep checking for brand spanking new information.
    I intended to put you one tiny word so as to say thanks a lot over again for these amazing principles you’ve contributed on this website. This is seriously open-handed with people like you to present freely all that a number of people would’ve made available as an e-book to generate some money on their own, precisely considering the fact that you could have tried it in case you considered necessary. These good ideas also acted to be the good way to fully grasp that other people online have similar zeal the same as my own to understand more and more when it comes to this problem. I believe there are several more pleasurable occasions up front for folks who read your website.

    I want to express my appreciation to you just for bailing me out of such a crisis. Right after surfing around throughout the the web and coming across ideas which were not powerful, I thought my entire life was gone. Existing without the presence of approaches to the difficulties you’ve sorted out by means of your article is a crucial case, and the ones which could have badly damaged my career if I hadn’t discovered your web site. Your good understanding and kindness in taking care of a lot of things was crucial. I don’t know what I would have done if I had not discovered such a stuff like this. I’m able to at this time look ahead to my future. Thanks a lot so much for this reliable and results-oriented help. I will not think twice to propose your web blog to any individual who will need recommendations about this issue.

    I definitely wanted to make a simple remark so as to thank you for these marvelous suggestions you are sharing here. My long internet investigation has at the end of the day been rewarded with sensible tips to talk about with my colleagues. I would express that we readers are truly blessed to live in a fabulous network with so many lovely individuals with great techniques. I feel extremely fortunate to have seen your web pages and look forward to plenty of more pleasurable times reading here. Thanks a lot once more for a lot of things.

    Thank you so much for providing individuals with an extremely terrific chance to check tips from this site. It is often very good and also full of a great time for me and my office peers to visit your blog at a minimum three times every week to find out the latest issues you will have. And definitely, I am also at all times satisfied with your spectacular creative ideas served by you. Selected 2 facts in this post are particularly the most effective we’ve ever had.

    I wish to point out my admiration for your kindness supporting those people that absolutely need assistance with that concept. Your real dedication to passing the message across had been definitely productive and have really helped most people much like me to realize their desired goals. The invaluable advice signifies much a person like me and still more to my office colleagues. Many thanks; from each one of us.

    I in addition to my friends have been reviewing the excellent secrets from your web site then at once got an awful feeling I had not thanked the site owner for those techniques. The young boys had been as a consequence thrilled to learn all of them and now have definitely been enjoying them. Thanks for turning out to be so accommodating and also for pick out this form of good subjects most people are really eager to be aware of. My personal sincere apologies for not saying thanks to you earlier.

    I’m just writing to let you be aware of of the exceptional experience my wife’s child undergone checking your blog. She realized a lot of pieces, including how it is like to possess an awesome giving mood to let others just learn specific advanced things. You really exceeded readers’ expectations. Thank you for presenting those great, dependable, explanatory and even easy guidance on this topic to Julie.

    I simply desired to appreciate you again. I am not sure the things that I could possibly have taken care of in the absence of the pointers shared by you over my theme. It seemed to be an absolute depressing circumstance for me personally, nevertheless being able to see your specialized form you handled it forced me to leap for delight. I’m just thankful for the advice and hope you realize what a great job you’re carrying out training people by way of a blog. Most probably you have never come across all of us.

    My wife and i have been absolutely cheerful that Michael managed to conclude his reports via the ideas he discovered from your own blog. It is now and again perplexing to simply be offering methods which usually some others could have been making money from. So we see we now have you to give thanks to for that. The specific explanations you made, the easy website navigation, the relationships your site assist to foster – it’s got many spectacular, and it is letting our son and our family consider that the subject is brilliant, which is certainly especially serious. Many thanks for all the pieces!

    Thank you for your entire labor on this blog. Kate take interest in conducting investigations and it is easy to understand why. Many of us hear all concerning the dynamic medium you render very useful secrets by means of this website and as well as encourage contribution from visitors on this concern while our princess is certainly understanding so much. Take advantage of the rest of the year. You are carrying out a fabulous job.
    Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it is truly informative. I am going to watch out for brussels. I’ll be grateful if you continue this in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!
    It is appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you few interesting things or advice. Perhaps you could write next articles referring to this article. I want to read even more things about it!
    Excellent post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am impressed! Very helpful info specially the last part :) I care for such information a lot. I was looking for this certain information for a long time. Thank you and best of luck.
    hey there and thank you for your info – I have certainly picked up anything new from right here. I did however expertise several technical points using this web site, as I experienced to reload the site lots of times previous to I could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if your hosting is OK? Not that I’m complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will sometimes affect your placement in google and can damage your high-quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords. Well I’m adding this RSS to my e-mail and could look out for much more of your respective interesting content. Make sure you update this again very soon..
    Wonderful goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you are just extremely great. I really like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you are saying and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still take care of to keep it sensible. I can not wait to read far more from you. This is really a tremendous site.
    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again very soon!
    I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly. I am quite sure I will learn plenty of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!
    I think this is among the most significant information for me. And i’m glad reading your article. But want to remark on few general things, The web site style is wonderful, the articles is really excellent : D. Good job, cheers
    We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your web site offered us with valuable information to work on. You have done an impressive job and our whole community will be thankful to you.
    Definitely believe that which you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the web the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while people think about worries that they just do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks
    This is very interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your great post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!
    Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I’ll certainly return.
    I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here. The sketch is attractive, your authored subject matter stylish. nonetheless, you command get got an edginess over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again since exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this hike.
    Hi, i think that i saw you visited my web site so i came to “return the favor”.I am attempting to find things to improve my web site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!
    Simply wish to say your article is as amazing. The clarity in your post is just nice and i could assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the rewarding work.
    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is wonderful blog. A fantastic read. I will definitely be back.
    Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! However, how can we communicate?
    Hey there, You have done a great job. I’ll certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this website.
    Excellent beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your web site, how can i subscribe for a blog website? The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear concept
    I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this one today..
    Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I acquire actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.
    My brother recommended I might like this web site. He was totally right. This post actually made my day. You cann’t imagine simply how much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!
    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I do not know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!
    Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and help others like you helped me.
    I was suggested this website by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my difficulty. You are wonderful! Thanks!
    Excellent blog here! Also your site loads up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my website loaded up as quickly as yours lol
    Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is magnificent, as well as the content!
    I’m not sure where you’re getting your information, but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for wonderful information I was looking for this info for my mission.
    You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!