Don Pablo Edronkin

A brief in-flight comment about risks.

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"I have just taken off from Narvik Framnes. My DME indicates now 88,2 nautical miles to Bodo, my next destination. At 11.000 ft. my climb is not finished yet.

This is a short stroll - so to speak - over some lovely fjords. Not much turbulence, although visibility is somewhat lacking.

It just occurred to me that it is perhaps time to think a little. The view of the cockpit, the instruments - which are little marvels even for pilots -, sunlight coming from the outside and the certainty of a chilling temperature outside are, indeed, inspiring.

Actually, safety rules and fight discipline are impeding me from taking this bird down to 20 feet over the water on inverted flight (don't do this!), so perhaps the topic should be temptation versus safety.

Why do we feel tempted to risk our lives climbing mountains, flying on negative or rafting down a river?

Is it bad? Should be always strive for safety, or should be bold, brave, and suicidal?

If you are a climber, a pilot, an explorer, or somebody who takes some risks from time to time, you certainly know that you need both attitudes at different times.

You need to become two persons: one sensible and prudent, and the other, like a buccaneer with a cutlass on his (or her) mouth jumping on a ship. Combat pilots are not Top-Gun Maverick-like guys. Do you think that anybody would give them that pretty destructive, multimillion dollar hardware to fool around? Instead, they are mature, cool-headed people equally capable of smiling and dropping a bomb, whatever it takes, according to circumstances. They take risks, and they know when not to take them at all. They are responsible.

Risking is not - by itself -a bad thing. The problem is always the context, but not the fact. Risk is the mother of advancement, of progress, and so, we should always know when to dare, and when not to.

Oh, well... Here comes Bodo, so have a nice day!"

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