Paranoid pilots – a rant!
I’m sorry to say that I think you need the Paranoia Police to start checking your correspondents’ letters before you publish them! Every few months we seem to get people who appear to think that many of us pilots are a danger to ourselves by standing near a propeller. I’m sure that Simon Noble is a thoroughly excellent chap (he must be, he flies) but, really, please stop printing this nonsense that a prop is going to spontaneously start, mincing anyone who stands near it when there’s no-one in the cockpit.
Has he ever tried to hand swing? Has anyone ever seen an engine start all on its own? How many people have been reduced to steak tartare in the world in the last ten years? The risk is so small it’s not worth worrying about. How can these people who worry about such trifling risks even think about flying... over water... at night.... in cloud...? The same goes for all these absurd airfields who think we pilots are all blind or partially sighted. Don’t get me started on high vis jackets. They are not necessary. I have never started taxying and either driven into someone or nearly driven into someone whether wearing high vis or not. I can see quite well – as we all can because our AME tells us so every five seconds or so if you’re over fifty.
If you are one of the paranoid, fine, carry on. But please don’t take photos near the front of a car/motorbike/pushbike/dog/ cat (the latter being way more dangerous) because Lord alone knows what might spontaneously happen. You’re more likely to trip on your shoe laces but there’s nothing in the CAA rules and regs for that. Hmm, maybe there should be.
I’ve run out of time to vent on the G-INFO data protection you managed to promote to star letter! How many enemies do people have if they think someone will monitor the skies and decide who to burgle? I could go on. Maybe I’ll write again next month. Just relax and go flying. You might even enjoy yourselves. You won’t be burgled by G-INFO watchers, of that I am pretty confident. Ed Lennox, Craven Arms