The month of March itself is the first sign of spring. The weather gets warmer in some places, (well, at least a little), and we are constantly reminded of the first blossoms. The sign of life. To many, like myself, flying is life.
Sometimes we don't know, or understand why, so many souls leave the Earth too soon, due to an aviation tragedy. All we can do all we can is investigate to understand why, or through which they were taken from us ever so soon. That is why I wish for my blog to designate an important topic to the aviation world to have a month to discuss what can be done not only to improve the safety of the skies, but to pay hommage to the many people that we've lost due to every aviation tragedy thus far.
We are blessed with many experienced and veteran commercial airline pilots all over this world who dedicate their careers and their whole lives to work toward this goal. Not only to work toward this goal, but to pay tribute to the lives we've lost and to which I, and many others are forever grateful.
My birthday last year was not a good one, as the world and I learned that night of the disappearance of MH 370. A Boeing 777. Hearts skipped a beat, or nearly stopped for a second or two within many, upon learning that tragic news. To this very date, we are still looking and searching to the deepest and most far point for so many far away answers - especially the victims' families. Families from so many past aviation tragedies around the world are grieving for their loved ones every day, every moment, they are not with us. It is my mission, and the mission of so many other pilots, to make sure that these tragedies do not reoccur. For the not only our sake, but as a tribute and vow to the departed souls that we will never be able to replace.
As a child, I once walked beside the memorial site of ground zero of Northwest Orient Flight 170 to which N121US disintegrated in air and crashed near Tell City, Perry County, Indiana, on March 17th, 1960 on it's way from Chicago-Midway to Miami, ending the lives of every single person on board. I read the names of the souls to which some were instantly buried there since the crash. From that point, having never flown before, I vowed never to take to the skies - especially in a prop plane. It was nearly a decade later that I took to the skies, for the first time, as a passenger flying with that same airline on a transatlantic flight. From that point on, it was love at first flight. I went on later to take to the skies in a prop 172 for my intro flight to become a pilot..
That's the way it should be for every flight no matter gen-av or commercial. Safe.
Something told me to write this post today having thought consistently every day this week about what happened on the early night of May 31st/June 1st, 2009 over the South Atlantic Ocean. Not only that time, but the early morning of March 7th/8th over Southeast Asia, and the list goes on.
Thinking of what can be done..
The work that is still left to be done...
|Israeli-NY Flight Club Safety Meeting with Karlene Petitt|
Learn as much as you can as a student pilot, whether you are flying in a Cessna 172, to the 744, 748, 777, or as a student inside the massive super A380 jumbo. You are a living piece of flesh and blood with a brain. Our airplanes are not. If you sense something is amiss, say or do something about it immediately. Do not ignore the signs, whether they be warning or not, early or late - it's never too late until, it actually is. (Speaking of being late - it is, by the way, never too late to obtain a glider rating.) Buy and read books on Aviation Safety whether they are fiction or not. Didn't you know fiction mirrors truth? If you are a commercial airline pilot, train and encourage CRM & TEM (Crew Resource Management / Threat & Error Management) and promote every single crew and emergency resource you have to its advantage. Encourage your aviation high schools, aviation academies, and flight clubs to hold safety meetings. Invite non-pilots to these meetings to show them that flying is safe and fun. Promote aviation safety and enthusiasm. Keep yourself healthy, learn from your mistakes and take responsibility for your actions or non-actions. This is how we climb and grow.
Train yourself to be several steps ahead of your aircraft. Encourage others to do the same. Fly safe. Fly smart. And spread the word.
Pre-flight checklist complete.
Pre-flight checklist complete.
For this, will be the biggest first step. Every soul both alive on this Earth and departed from it are counting on you.