Who wants to go flying?

Added: Shadi Sedillo - Date: 12.01.2022 18:26 - Views: 39627 - Clicks: 2437

A couple of weeks ago we ran two stories that illustrate—well something—about the ways in which recreational aviation is being affected by COVID in different countries. One story talked about the virtual lockdown of non-essential flying in the U. Pilots just did as requested with little fuss.

Although always the consummate professionals, you could hear the levity in the rapid-fire delivery of the controllers and their ready participation in the rare event. A few readers noticed the juxtaposition of those two different realities and it got me thinking about my own occasional flying activities in the face of a global pandemic.

Who wants to go flying?

A beautiful Cessna with a fresh annual awaits and my home airport, a non-towered but beautiful facility that is rarely busy on even the nicest Who wants to go flying? summer weekends, is at my disposal. There is actually a compelling case for me to slip the surly bonds. The plane needs to fly and so do I.

But a heated debate grew on those social media s about whether flying for fun was the right thing to do under the circumstances. Planting asparagus is a leap of faith and an investment in the future. In a few weeks, perfect spears of delicious asparagus will spring out of the sandy soil. A little patience goes a long way. Keep those cards and letters coming but please try to be constructive and polite.

First, would it hurt anyone if I did pattern work for an hour? The answer is an unequivocal No. Flying solo is the essence of social distancing, the gas pumps are self-serve and I would take hand sanitizer with me to wipe them down after fueling up. There are a couple of specious justifications for pausing recreational aviation. Authorities have said such flying will put an unnecessary burden on ATC and that a crash or other emergency would divert essential services needed to cope with the pandemic.

Both are a stretch in the context of my modest flying proposal. That is also an unequivocal No. Other than the slightest shred of reassurance that extra practice might give my next right-seat victim, there is no benefit to be derived from my hour of delight for anyone but me. Given what others are going through and giving up, such an indulgence seems to be the very definition of selfishness. It will be worth the wait. I fly locally just as much as before. And I use an uncontrolled airport. No tower personnel needed.

Who wants to go flying?

That is one place I can go and be totally alone behind a security fence, and the only others who can get in are other aircraft owners. And they never stop by. Do you see my point? Those with attitudes like that would keep us grounded for every reason they could come up with.

Who wants to go flying?

To worry about what impressions we might make on others is too much to try to put on our backs to worry about. They are mad with power and we are in real trouble. Wake up! You know exactly what that means. Personal freedom is rapidly disappearing in this nation and your kind is facilitating it. No one seems to want to stand up to this and we all will suffer for it. When all your personal freedoms are gone and you wonder how it happened look back to this.

Lighten up! No one is breaking into your house to steal your Bible. If the author has decided not to fly his C that was his decision, not the government. Do I agree with it, no. Several news outlets have Who wants to go flying? the divorce rates have recently skyrocketed. More people are protesting or filing lawsuits. Some ignore the orders altogether. I know of several drop zones that are looking for any technicality to allow them to operate. If you have ever been at a drop zone you would know there is nothing worse than a bored grounded skydiver!

If I owned my own plane I would not hesitate to fly it either. Already flew a short trip in our club airplane. As Richard C. Do me a favor? Well said, sir. In the UK, the vast majority of private pilots have decided that recreational flying is not right for the following reasons: 1. The ground trip to and from the airfield if applicable would contravene the travel guidance as it does not comply with the 4 permitted reasons to leave your home.

Who wants to go flying?

A home-based strip would not include this factor. An aircraft engaging in recreational flight would fly in the face of the spirit of the community lock-down, and the public Who wants to go flying? of an aircraft thus engaged would be detrimental to public attitudes to GA. Should emergency services be required at any stage, this may compromise their availability for pandemic requirements and require that social distancing be compromised.

In my opinion 1 is not rationally likely to make any difference to the pandemic provided the flights are solo or within the household, and 3 is statistically dubious. However, it is often the soft issues that are more important in the long run, and the community spirit both to the wider and GA communities in 2 has kept me on the ground. When do our spirits lift a little?

Every afternoon, taking all necessary precautions, many of my neighbors take a afternoon walk. Others sit on their front porches. We wave, talk from a distance check in on people, and all this activity lifts the doldrums of being trapped inside all day.

You really want to lift our community sprit? Let a lone, Piper Cub lazily fly overhead during these walks. For a moment, you can imagine looking over the crisp green down below, the cool air over the wings and the smell of fresh cut grass. That feeling is better than a bacon-double cheeseburger and an ice cold beer.

It could be more beneficial. Is your local airport not a local merchant? Does your local airport not have any overhead, expenses? Nobody is employed at this airport? Taking your argument to its logical conclusion; I should divorce my wife, sell the house, and donate my body for use in experimental drug treatments to find a cure.

In that case, Russ should never fly again a day in his life. This whole article is self-righteous virtue aling. Pilot proficiency is recognized, among my flying community, as it also is in the good State of Colorado, as an essential activity. No need to fly daily. Keep up proficiency and, at the same time, keep the aircraft fully ready to fly. For many reasons — the vast majority of them unjustified — private pilots have a bad reputation with parts of the population — be it out of envy or otherwise. I see plenty of motorcyclists out and about these days here in Wisconsin. Due to the local weather the vast majority of these riders also have available some sort of four-wheeled, closed vehicle.

Should they be discouraged from taking the long way to work? Should the bikes remain in the garage until the pandemic is officially over? How would you know? Have you asked how they feel or was the conclusion purely your own? The author is free to choose to fly or not. Acting as PIC remains one of the few areas of life in the U. I also love flying for the mental and physical focus required. Part of the mental focus involves analyzing data.

Maintaining currency in my aircraft is more important to the safety of me and my passengers than not doing so. The argument that the money I spend on flying could be better spent on charity has as little validity today than it did 3 months ago as it applies to every single activity of every single person not directly necessary for securing food, water, and shelter. My family and I are generous in our charitable giving because doing so is important to us every day. My flying helps keep some people employed. I am in a large hangar community where there are a lot of aircraft builders.

Generally speaking, these guys exemplify the spirit of American ingenuity and grit it takes in getting difficult things done. I have also observed none wear masks, and they fly often. These traits might be summed up as rugged individualism, which typically resists overreaching suppression of their freedoms. Not violently or even conspicuously, but quietly just going about their business.

Incidentally, none have COVD Of course many things have a double-edge aspect. The very strengths mentioned above, which are virtues in most situations, can be considered by some to be not good in other situations. In this case, the arguments against flying seem very thin. Whole heatedly agree. Great comment. I guess you would put me in the camp of rugged individualist. I hate being told what to do. I was raised to take to responsibility for myself and to make my own decisions based my assessment of the risk.

There is no way some government bureaucrat master mind knows what is best for me. Does this sound self centered? Yes it does and it is good for humanity. Individual decision making is far better for a society than communism. I could go into all the reasons but luminaries such as Hume, Locke and others have already provided the philosophy. The risk is, that if I have an accident, there will be no doctors in the hospital to render aid because the hospitals have furlough thousands of nurses and doctors. Covid has convinced me more than ever that Who wants to go flying?

President Reagan said is true. Flying is a risk assessment — right? So is life. And by extension we are going to be making risk assessments about opening up states and future vacations, movie going and sports event long into this and probably next year. The parameters have changed but we still need to make a risk assessment.

Who wants to go flying?

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