a reply to: Zaphod58
That is outrageous!
Look, I am learning to drive a car at the moment. When I get into the car, there are several things I check before we even think about moving. Mirror
angles, seat angle, height, distance from wheel and pedals, weather conditions, seat belt, and so on and so forth.
After the engine is activated, another series of checks need to be completed and others repeated, before actually moving the vehicle. Road ahead,
both side and rear view mirrors, blindspot. Indicator goes on, handbrake released, check the mirrors, road ahead and blindspot again, then back to the
road ahead, all while measuring my exit from the parking space to ensure there is no risk of scraping the car parked ahead with the front bumper (or
"fender"). You get the picture. And every time I perform any kind of manoeuvre whilst in motion, I must perform yet more checks, to ensure that my
situational awareness, spatial awareness and other observational elements are all accounted for, so that I pose as small a risk as possible to the car
itself, but more importantly to other road users, pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
These checks are constant, throughout the drive. This is only a small car, with a maximum passenger capacity of four, plus the driver. If it crashes,
it could be potentially deadly, but on a relatively small scale. But a plane? The fuel on board an aircraft alone, its volatility, makes them
INCREDIBLY dangerous things by comparison. Then you have the speed at which aircraft generally move, which adds a whole other level to the potential
danger they pose, not just to the occupants, but to everything under the flight path of the aircraft.
Not performing the pre-flight check to ensure that critical systems are reading as operable and in the correct configuration for take off, seems
therefore to be a singularly foolish thing to allow to happen. Given the potential threat posed by a driver just pulling out, having given no thought
to the possibility that a cyclist or a pedestrian might be in their blindspot, it makes absolutely no sense to play fast and loose with the safety of
an aircraft. I am appalled, stunned... shocked to be honest.