Somehow, someway, editorial gremlins got into Captain Kevin Dingman’s January Twin & Turbine column “From The Flight Deck”, originally titled “The Window.” The first three paragraphs of the story disappeared somewhere between his computer and our printing press, to our great chagrin because the final portion of the January column didn’t make sense. We can only offer our abject apologies to author and readership alike, and we are printing the missing text below, so you can finally get the full message Kevin was trying to convey.
by Kevin R. Dingman
Traditionally, the first of a new year is when we take a deep breath, make a resolution to finally do something about something and lean into the headwind of life. Our aviator- way is to analyze the situation, evaluate options and take the appropriate action with confidence and conviction.
In the process of analyzing New Year’s resolutions, however, we may find ourselves day-dreaming about the reason we need to make a resolution in the first place. After all, just because we think we heard a bump in the night doesn’t mean that there really was a bump in the night. The proper first step is to see if there is something that needs to be fixed at all. Is there really a problem? We need an instrument cross check.
Chief Ten Bears had it right (Dances With Wolves): in the grand scheme of things, pondering over a good fire may be the best thing in life. It was his way of enjoying the day and thinking before acting. Just as the Sioux learned of the looming approach of countless western settlers, so too do our challenges often rival the number of stars in the sky. As entrepreneurs and pilots, we aggressively confront a challenge and don’t disparage or ignore the events in our GA village: instrument approaches, systems failures, check rides, flight physicals and the political paradigm of NextGen. These challenges coexist with a robust passion for the joy of flight and an enduring hope for the future of GA. So, we need to decide – or do we really need to decide at all – if should we continue to fly airplanes.
Clouds in My Coffee…