Aviation Safety and Murphy’s Law

March 29th, 2009

The following was extracted from an article on Aviation Safety, it really appeals to the “If something can go wrong it will go wrong” theory of aviation safety, a philosophy which Go Numbers supports whole heartedly.

Ten Commandments of Aviation Safety, The
Mobility Forum , Sep/Oct 2004 by Komich, J Norman


VI The Amount You Rely on a Situation Improving is Directly Proportional to the Possibility of the Situation Deteriorating: This is a corollary of Murphy’s Law, where if something can go wrong, it eventually will. Just like when you are five minutes late for check in, every traffic light is red and you get stuck behind a school bus making multiple stops. The more desperate you are for the weather to improve, the more likely it is that it will deteriorate. Or if you are low on fuel and praying for a straight in, that is exactly when ATC starts vectoring you all over the place. Your game plan should always avoid such reliance.

VII When You are Down to Just One Option, You Have Lost Your Status as a Professional Aviator and You Have Joined the Ranks of the Amateurs: This is a corollary to “Stay ahead of the aircraft.” When you establish your game plan you should ALWAYS give yourself at least two (three or more is preferable) outs so when one does not work, you have a backup plan. I am not advocating paranoia here, but the reality of flying is that things do not always go as planned, and you need to have at least one back up plan. Put another way, “IT” doesn’t just happen to the other guy; “IT” can (and just might) happen to YOU!

VIII Judgment and Decision Making Should Always Be Treated as if You had a Flight Examiner on Your Jump Seat: Put another way, justification for pushing the envelope never sounds quite as good at the hearing as it did just before you committed the offense. Unless there is a life at stake or we are at war, there are no medals for those who push the envelope. You’d be surprised how the simple self assessment of “How will this sound at the hearing?” can help you make the right decision.

The only question we have is why do some pilots out their still gamble with their passengers (and their own) lives???

Cessna Training Manuals

10 Commandments of Aviation

March 29th, 2009

Different versions of the famous 10 commandments of aviation (modified by gonumbers):


A special thanks, goes out to: Chuck Miller for the 10 commandments

1. Thou shalt abstain from the intersection takeoff for, verily, the runway behind thee, as the altitude above thee, cometh not to thine aid when thou needest them.

2. Thou shalt not linger on active runways lest thou become like unto ground sirloin.

3. Ignorest thou not thy checklists for many are the switches, handles, gauges and other demons awaiting to take cruel vengeance upon thee.

4. Thou shalt cast thine eyes to thy right and also to thy left as thou passeth through the air lest thy fellow pilots bring flowers to thy widow and comfort her in other ways.

5. Buzzeth not, for this shall surely incur the wrath of thy neighbors and the fury of the FAA shall be called down upon thy head.

6. Thou shalt be ever mindful of thy fuel lest there be nothing in thy tank to sustain thee upon the air and thy days be made short.

7. Trust not thine eyes to lead thee through the cloud lest the Archangel Gabriel await thee therein.

8. Thou shalt not trespass into the thunderstorm lest the tempest rend the wings from thy chariot and cast thee naked into the air.

9. Put not thy trust in weather prophets, for when the truth is not in, then they shall not accompany thee among thy ancestors.

10. Often shalt thou confirm thine airspeed on final lest the earth rise up and smite thee.


1. I am the plane that brought you out of the clouds and storms. You shall have no other plane but me.
2. Thou shalt not idolize any plane with the “wings on top.”
3. Remember the EAA breakfast and keep it holy.
4. Honor thy flight instructor.
5. Thou shalt not take the FAA in vain.
6. Thou shalt not use the plane a a weapon of mass destruction.
7. Thou shalt not buzz the tower.
8. Thou shalt not siphon thy neighbor’s fuel.
9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s airplane.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s hanger.

A Variation on the Microsoft Joke – from Aussie ATC’s

March 22nd, 2009

Another Post From http://airtrafficcontroller.blogspot.com/

One for Airservices Australia Management

A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised my friend I would meet him half an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

The man below says: “Yes. You are in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately 30 feet above this field. You are between 40 and 42 degrees N. latitude, and between 58 and 60 degrees W. longitude.”

“You must be an ATC,” says the balloonist.

“I am,” replies the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” says the balloonist, “everything you have told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I am still lost.

“The man below says, “You must be a manager.”

“I am,” replies the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

“Well,” says the man, “you don’t know where you are, or where you are going. You have made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. The fact is you are in the exact same position you were in before we met, but now it is somehow my fault.”

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