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The Pandava prince Arjuna saw the connections between the wind that blows sails, and the senses that blows our thoughts. We must harness the power of both.
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"The brain is wider than the sky."

~ Emily Dickinson. Full poem and excellent neuroscience discussion on this professors blog post: http://bit.ly/1J0SMlw
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Interesting article, 'The Art of Airmanship', from AOPA's Flight Training magazine (Aug 2006). Nice read, but I have some comments. Like why is the word 'Art' in the title but never mentioned in the article!

The author states "Airmanship used to be about basic stick and rudder skills." I disagree. The earliest use of the word (7th of July, 1859 in the New York Times) mentions resource management, and the basic FAA definition includes "exercise of sound judgment."

The article continues:

"In the end, airmanship really is about pride-pride in learning as much as you can about the history and pioneers of aviation, developing your knowledge and skills to the best of your ability, honing your command qualities, and fully accepting the duties and responsibilities that come with exercising the privileges of your certificate."

Good stuff. But it isn't really about pride. Pride is a complex secondary emotion. It has positive attributes, but it's also one of Christianity's seven deadly sins. One opposite of pride can be humility. You can still have a lot of great airmanship and be humble. Pride may be a product of the work, but it is the doing itself that is airmanship, not how you feel about it. Overall I think the article uses airmanship as a device to talk about some good ideas, but it doesn't really pierce the heart of the matter.

What do you think?
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The preface to this book on Seamanship starts with two definitions. One from the Oxford English Dictionary:

"The art or practice of managing a ship at sea,"

and one from the Encyclopaedia Britannica:

"The art of sailing, maneuvering, and preserving a ship or boat in all positions and under all reasonable conditions."

Notice how they both start. Seamanship is an art. And so is airmanship. Let's go paint the sky!
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“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.”

~ Mark Spitz, nine-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in seven events.

Reminds me of the Seven P's: Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.
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Incredible reply to my post about the AOPA Flight Training magazine article on airmanship. Roland Delhomme talks pride, humility, safety and flying: http://bit.ly/1NcPHlt
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"All I want is to have fun in what I’m doing every day. I don’t want to break records."

~ Serena Williams, who has broken many records while enjoying her journey.
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"To uncover your true potential, you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them."

~ Picabo Street, Olympic gold medalist and World Cup alpine skier. I like that she says courage. Because this is tough, serious, hard work. Worthwhile yes, but it's a lot more work than many motivational quotes make it seem.
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"If you're only happy when you're at the summit, you're not going to be happy very often."

~ Chris Sharma, extreme climber. Quoted in 'The Red Bulletin' Aug 2015.
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Victory awaits him who has everything in order—luck, people call it.

Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck.


~ Roald Amundsen
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"I may say that this is the greatest factor … the way in which every difficulty is foreseen, and precautions taken for meeting or avoiding it.

Victory awaits him who has everything in order—luck, people call it.

Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck."

~ Roald Amundsen, first man to the South Pole, and first man to reach both Poles. In his 1912 book 'The South Pole'.
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Enjoying the Perpetual Pursuit of Piloting Perfection
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We learn from every pilot we fly with, every pilot we talk to. Sometimes we learn a lot.