Freewheel Posted January 29, 2010 Report Share Posted January 29, 2010 Well let's see how this thread goes...... With the recent cloud theme of the last thread i wanted to share something with you all that happened to me, well i guess it didn't happen to me, something i did. A "while back" i was flying to my destination and on my route was a rather tall mountain with a bit of wispy cloud around the top. I could see it from a long way off and as i approached i contemplated my chances of making the climb over it verses going around. I had flown that way before and as i got closer i thought to my self "it looks a bit tight", but continued. I slowed up and added power and started to climb into a steep little valley, cliff face on one side and cloud on the other. Near the top it got very tight and i barely made though, it was so confined that there was no room to turn except into cloud and that's really no option. It haunts me and i have never forgotten it, that i could have gone around and it would have added maybe seven minutes to the flight compared to taking the chance and maybe having it not turn out so well. As a pilot, especially a new one we face a lot of pressures from ourselves, customers and our bosses but at the end of the day no job is worth getting killed over and don't forget that usually if that does happen you are not alone...... After that i became a lot less concerned with taking an extra .1 to get back home or even getting home that day, that one flight was a huge step for me and i learned that it's just not worth the gamble. Safety, it has to be the number one consideration. Let's not forget most companies (and pilots) get paid by the hour. Why risk your life and equipment and get paid less for it? It should be the other way around don't you think? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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