The oldsters will remember it as the title of a song by Connie Francis but it’s also the latest Pilot Safety Announcement (PSA) by the Air Safety Institute. These are sometimes humorous, sometimes brutal, two-minute clips on aviation safety. It’s one way to snag people who might otherwise not take time to participate in an online course or attend a safety seminar.
There has been much discussion in the past year about reaching the unreachables. The term oxymoron comes to mind but hope springs eternal. As long as I’ve been flying there have been some pilots, fortunately small in numbers, who are oblivious to good operating practice and often common sense. In the immortal words of comedian Ron White, “You can’t fix stupid.” Some of the accidents are in the “Hold my beer and watch this” category such as attempting aerobatics in non-approved aircraft (a Cirrus SR22, for example).
Others fall more into the “I think I can” reach for the stars approach when other pilots are hearing Clint Eastwood’s admonition “A man’s got to know his limitations.” Now, it’s hard to know limitations without exceeding them, but one has to approach the edge cautiously lest we slip over. VFR into IMC is a perennial over-reach and we’ve devoted A LOT of ink and electrons to that topic.
The Air Safety Institute has used the PSA concept for years now with hundreds of thousands of views and we think it’s gotten to some of the more casual pilots out there. I’d welcome some thoughts from the blogosphere on what else might be effective. As for the unreachables—we probably have to accept their occasional crashes as the price of freedom of flight, just as we do on the highways and in all other modes of personal activity. It also means being the best you can be so that you’re not in ASI’s next rhyme.