posted on May, 11 2011 @ 11:53 AM
Originally posted by butcherguy
There are far fewer things to hit
up in air, just 100 feet above the ground. Birds, bats and other planes mostly.
Originally posted by TDawgRex
reply to post by AnteBellum
Spot on! People just think things through sometimes. (We're all guilty of that though, from time to time)
Try driving a car in a straight line for 20 miles, starting out from your driveway, no turns allowed.... I'm thinkin' you're going to hit
something. Thinking things through more.
There are more things to go wrong in an aircraft - if your engine stops in your car, you roll the car to the shoulder and stop, but if it stops when
you are 20,000ft up, you have to find a suitable airfield, pray that you have enough ability to make it, pray that nothing else goes wrong.
You also neglect to mention two big things that affect aircraft much greater than cars - weather and stupidity. Get a rainstorm in a car, and if its
worse enough you just pull over, but normally you can carry on - but in an aircraft, its easy for a rainstorm to obliterate your horizon, which puts
you on Instrument Flight Rules. There is a reason that IFR comes with its own certification requirements for pilots, its easy to get disorientated
under IFR and lose the aircraft even when all systems are working fine.
At night, the same thing occurs - IFR only, no headlights to light the road in front of you, disorientation is easily done and again you lose the
Descent rates, air temperatures, winds that change direction very suddenly (a 40mph wind from one direction completely flipping itself as you pass
through a 200ft window and all of a sudden you have to cope with a tail wind rather than a head wind, and you have just lost essentially an extra
80mph of assisted lift). There are plenty of very very serious hazards an aircraft pilot has to cope with that a car driver doesn't even think