I've never done one or ridden along on one, and don't plan on it. <G>
- gusty crosswind landings on tight fields
- "suddenly defective" aircraft
- flight in very busy controlled airspace, like the NYC metro area
- with an FAA or Designated Examiner on board
Precision aside, an enjoyable, safe flight usually is the result of
proper planning, setup, and the checking of available information, just
like a precise woodworking operation. For instance, a trimmed,
stabilized, precisely flown airport traffic pattern makes for an easy
landing, just like a properly executed rip on a well-adjusted saw.
In my case it was a little different. After some serious health problems in
the early 90s I learned I had to stop being such a perfectionist. I learned
that everything I do doesn't have to measure up to the standards that I
wanted to have, and were almost impossible to achieve. After many years of
desire I was able to start woodworking and really enjoy it because I no
longer wanted or needed to demand that what I produced met someone elses
standards. End result was/is I feel better, have sold some of my
woodworkings and carvings, have been allowed to meet some great people
though my hobby, and enjoy my retirement. All for now.
B a r r y (in JTGGf.11402$ email@example.com) said:
| Brian Henderson wrote:
|| Is there anything else in our lives, as woodworkers, where we're as
|| exacting as we are when we're out in the shop?
| Flying. I check my flight planning more than my cutlists, and put
| up with comments about "anal" preflight inspection. <G>
My shop is in an aircraft hanger with a great view of a grass strip.
You'd have gotten a kick from watching the guy this past summer who
tried three times to get up enough airspeed to take off -- with a
completely flat tire.
The memory still has me ROFLMAO.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
As anal as I am during preflight, I've left wheel chocks all over the
northeast and southeastern US.
Someone actually looked up the tail number and mailed one set back to
us. They're simply 2x4's diagonally ripped and paired up with a rope,
so we're guessing someone wanted to break our balls. <G>
I haven't left any in Canada, yet!
damn... reminds me of my constant problem with the RV trailer....
You put a 4 x 6" under the tongue jack and jack it up... then you lower the jack
when you leave and drive away without throwing the block in the back of the
The next time you want to unhitch the trailer, you have no block and the jack
won't lift the trailer high enough to clear the hitch without it.. *groan*
Found 2 solutions to the problem, one woodworking related:
Cut a shit load of blocks and keep them in the truck..
Also, SWMBO shares job of checking before we leave to find the block on the
ground, the vent I left open, the power cord still plugged in, etc...
People who complain about pre-flight checklists should be offered the
chance to walk. From about 5k ft.
Flying, like woodworking, involves large amounts of kinetic energy
which, improperly managed, is just a statistic waiting to happen. Many
interesting events in both fields are punctuated by people saying "Oh
shit, what just happened". This is usually preceded by the person doing
something they've done a thousand times, and this time they didn't run
their safety check first.
It would not be at all unreasonable to print up safety checklists for
all my power tools and place them prominently by the power switches.
1). Make sure thing does not Kill You.
2). Turn on.
Make the young woodworkers read and follow them. Make them use hand
saws etc. for failing to follow them.
May be wise to add label to arbor nut wrenches too... Hold power cord
in other hand.
All old pilots I know are anal about their checklists.
probably the same degree for most things, but I don't consider myself a good
woodworker... I do tend to have more patience in the shop than on a lot of
things, but that's probably because I got into wood to relax..
In my experience, the folks who's work I've really admired are basically pretty
anal in their wood and just about every facet of their lives... I'm not saying
that being a perfectionist is good or bad, just what I've observed..
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