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Features January 2014 Issue

Stupid Pilot Tricks

The ill-fated outcome of any aviation mishap isn’t funny, but the process that leads up to that mishap can be instructive—and make us laugh at seemingly mindless antics.

Why do holiday newsletters begin with, “It’s hard to believe another year has passed”? Have we not yet accepted the earth’s orbit around the sun? Or is it truly unfathomable that no matter what reality dictates we’re doomed to repeat the same dumb things year after year? And I’m not just addressing you folks in Washington, DC. It’s easy to ignore signs of catastrophe while hoping for positive results. The Chicago Cubs could win the…

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