40 years ago, I was involved in the crash of a 2 seat CF-5 attempting a landing on a snowy runway. My instructor in the front seat was severely injured, I luckily walked away without a scratch. The life lessons that I took from that accident helped shape my life and flying career for the many decades after. I learned how ‘good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment’. I learned about Crew Resource Management and how everyone gets a say in decisions regardless of their experience level. I saw how Elasticity came to help save us though often said in Hollywood terms about ‘Ice running through their veins’. The value of ‘Sets and Reps’, getting extra simulator time and practice is crucial. When something life threatening happens, getting back in the saddle as soon as possible gets us past self-doubt and messing with our minds. Finally, as a young fighter pilot, I was reminded that we only get one life and not to waste it. All those lessons from a single crash landing. Invaluable yet sadly very expensive at the cost of a $Million fighter jet.
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- The Merge Podcast Episode
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- Tall Poppies
- Capability Paradox
- The CRITICAL FLAW in $100 Million Fighter Jets
- Optimizing Human Performance in Fighter Jets
- A Good Day for the RCAF