Human Factor wrote:Without getting into a loafers or no loafers debate, I’ve witnessed a crash where the nomex grobag saved a life (homebuilt). I have also met an individual who wasn’t wearing one and subsequently regretted it (C of A type).
I’m the cautious sort and I probably overdress most of the time. I wish I could see the future, like some here seem to be able to, and I may not have to.
You pays your money I suppose.
Indeed. On a subjective level it depends which risks you want to focus on and try to mitigate. On an objective level it's a question of how likely those things are to happen coupled with the severity of the consequences if they do.
I've always been astounded at the willingness of folks to get into the left seat of a PA28 with someone sat next to them who is overweight, of advancing years, and very definitely not going anywhere quickly in the event of an emergency.
Once on an IR(R) revalidation I had an examiner chew me out for electing to wear shorts in the aeroplane. I didn't react - I let him say his piece about fire risk while I reflected on (a) his enormous immobile bulk between me and the door, and (b) his polyester uniform shirt.
Schrödinger's cat walks into a bar. And doesn't.