Airplanes Don't Kill People, People Doh/t: Aeromot on the AOPA Forums
As we mourn the losses from the recent attack in Austin, let us also keep a healthy perspective. General aviation is the lifeblood of this country's economy. Calling for more restrictions on the freedom to fly simply makes no sense.
People fear what they do not know, and the inner workings of aviation certainly are mysterious to all but pilots. So a terrible event like what happened in Austin brings forth fearful cries to restrict personal flying, known broadly as "general aviation" or "GA" for short. That initial response is understandable, but terribly misguided. The best way to counter the many misperceptions about flying is to bring to light the true benefits of general aviation, which should help dampen any future impulse to place restrictions on private and corporate airplanes.
If you believe that airplane use should be subject to further security measures, ask yourself the following question. After a car bomb goes off, do you immediately call for restricting the use of automobiles and trucks? Of course not because that would make no sense. Nor does the call to restrict private aviation, for the very same reasons.
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Saturday, February 20, 2010
This is such a rational response to the tragic, suicidal plane crash in Texas that I have to share it on here. I hope that at least one person visiting this blog who is unfamiliar with GA reads this. Hopefully, they will gain insight into just how terrible of an effect knee-jerk reactions can have on our ability to fly.