I normally try to stay away from politics, especially on the internet. I’ve lost quite enough hair, thank you very much. Unfortunately, H.R. 2997 definitely falls into that category. Could there be anything more political than a bill in the House of Representatives?
On the other hand, it’s definitely aviation-related. So I wrote, and that post (The Big Lie) has gained some traction among aviation alphabet groups and on social media. Not in the way a Trump tweet or a Twitter war between Kardashian and <insert pop star> might trend, of course. But among our small insular general aviation community, it was broadcast by AOPA, NBAA, EAA, Air Facts, and quite a few other notable names.
As a result, I was contacted by the National Business Aviation Association and asked to appear as a guest on their Flight Plan podcast. It was an opportunity to spread the word on a topic of great importance for general aviation, and quite entertaining for me personally because host Pete Combs sports what has got to be most distinctively radio-esque voice in the history of radio.
If you’re interested in hearing it, the interview is five minutes long. Even if you don’t want to hear me blather on about air traffic control privitization, at least listen to the intro and tell me I’m wrong about that voice:
Pete is also working on a new podcast with AIN Online called The Human Factor. If you enjoy Flying Magazine’s monthly “I Learned About Flying From That” column, you’ll like The Human Factor. It’s one of the more effective ways to teach: through direct example. “I screwed up. Here’s how.” And it comes right from the horse’s mouth.
I also appreciated the way he asks questions which take you beyond just the dry particulars and look deeper into the root causes of each incident. For example, Episode 3 deals with a fuel exhaustion incident. While the facts are simple enough, the interview segues into the larger issues of PIC responsibility, CRM, and confirmation bias in a well-scripted way.
It’s interesting how when we are students, we assume flying will somehow be “different” when we reach professional pilot status, yet in reality the exact same issues and challenges are present on every level. Human factors, indeed.