Learjet23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1508 times:
I have often wandered while I took a walk back to economy to avoid DVT in my old legs, at all the families, babies, elderly, etc. And I wonder if the Cockpit crews ever feel the tremendous responsibility they shoulder at the mass of life in there hands? I would never for a second be able to have this kind of awesome liability resting on my ability as a professional. Seems like they just come on board, close the door and do there thing without ever seeing or thinking about the 400-500 souls a few feet away who trust them like a brain surgeon.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16340 posts, RR: 66 Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1149 times:
Seems like they just come on board, close the door and do there thing without ever seeing or thinking about the 400-500 souls a few feet away who trust them like a brain surgeon.
Well, you can't think of the responsibility like that. It would totally jinx you. That's true in any job. When I was a stock broker I sometimes lost money. It was part of the job. No risk, no reward. But you can't let the fear get to you. Note, I don't mean by that that pilots sometimes make big mistakes , just that responsibility is part of a job and you get used to it.
Piloting a commercial airliner is a technical and challenging job, but it doesn't require a superhuman, just a very highly trained human. As in anything, practice makes perfect. If you do it often enough, it becomes second nature.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots." - from Citadel by John Ringo
Tarantine From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 210 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1043 times:
My kids ride on a school bus with 35-40 other kids. The bus driver makes approx. $9000.00 a year & drives on the dangerous roads where there are road raged drivers, drunks and other serious distractions. I bet it is safer "driving" around at 37k feet than on the streets in USA.