What makes a good pilot? Why did some survive and others did not?
A quick zip through Google turns up plenty of definitions:
“A GOOD PILOT has knowledge of one’s own abilities and limitation; knowledge of the aircraft limitations; good flying skills which are acquired through experience and a willingness to maintain a high degree of proficiency. They are a constant risk evaluator, not a constant risk taker; they stay focused and aware and do not permit complacency.”
“A superior pilot is one who uses superior judgment to avoid situations that require the use of superior skill.”
“A good pilot is always learning from their mistakes, always trying to get back on altitude, heading, correcting, correcting, and correcting. In reality perfection only lasts a few seconds in between corrections.”
Pilots need the following characteristics (this list is supplied courtesy of the Alberta Provincial Government):
- good spatial perception
- good motor co-ordination
- good judgment and the ability to make decisions and act quickly
- leadership qualities
- the ability to work well with others in a team in a fast paced, dynamic environment
The True and Beautiful—The Sky
Sometimes gentle, sometimes capricious, sometimes awful, never the same for two months together; almost human in its passions, almost spiritual in its tenderness, almost Divine in its infinity.