Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:06 pm
Here is a slightly different view of golden rules.
I am not a pilot, over the years (starting in 1975) I've tried all manner of routes into professional flying but it never worked out. In later years I "got my fix" of aviation when I secured employment in "fueling systems" which has kindly seen me work at multiple locations around the world over the last 25 years
Being in the industry I've found myself close to a number of people who have achieved PPL status, and I've been happy to 'cost share' on numerous occassions. The most extreme example was working along side a (great) guy, much younger than me, who went from driving fuel trucks to right seat in J31's. He quickly moved up the ladder to left seat 146's. He eventually moved on to left seat widebody transatlantic.
I have many happy memories of cost sharing flights with a number of people I have worked with.
Not withstanding very many happy memeories I have one memory that takes it all away. I have to anonymise this for obvious reasons.
One particularly close fiend had a 50% share in a "very areobatic" two seat aircraft. my wife and I were invited to visit them (by road) for the weekend.
My wife and I arrived at the 'friends' house early on Friday evening, we were entertained by his wife who said he had "been detained" and didn't turn up.
Around 11am the following morning said friend fell out of a taxi and proceeded to tell all sorts of stories about the prvious ngihts goings on.
It was perfectly to clear to everyone that he was still half cut, but he insisted we drive to the airfield and take flight in his machine.
I was 5h1tting mtself and trying to work out how to say that we really didn;t need to go flying. He had an answer for everything .... luckily for me the sub zero February temperatures dtermined that the engine wouldn't even turn over. Luckily no one in the hangar had any advanced battery charging tech to hand.
So the present day reality for me is that I have a very good freind who was willing to take to the air in the most unfit state you could imagine.
Regrettably, however enticing the offer, I will never fly wth this guy again. He is accomplsied in many challeging disciplines (i'm sorry I have to bee deliberately vague), but he was quite happy to fly after at least two bottles of red in the previous 8 hours.
I will happily grab any minute possible with anyone who is willing to take me (west sussex) but that was simply a moment too far.
So my golden rule .... don't accept a ride from a pilot who is pi55ed from the night before.
I love flying ...but I love life even more ....