It has been a while since I attended any kind of presentation or event to refresh myself on aviation, however last night I did. I attended an AOPA seminar with the Flight Deck community at EKU. If you are unaware of what the AOPA In-Person seminars are, it includes an experienced representative from the AOPA who comes and presents scenarios and gives generally great advice to local pilots.
The theme for last night was a questionable cross country and the many errors that could exist along the way. The presenter was great at what he did, and helped us analyze a man’s cross country to Denver to buy a used car. Being in a hurry, he made plenty of mistakes but was lucky to walk away without anything abnormal happening. What the presenter said after that was what I really pulled from the night. He said the pilot would be more dangerous the next flight since he hadn’t learned a lesson from the poor choices he made. He will continue to make the mistakes, but think he is invincible to the related consequences and become more cocky.
I like this because I believe in every flight us pilots either forget to do something or willingly perform a procedure incorrectly. Just because we do not experience negative consequences for doing this, it doesn’t mean it can’t happen the next time, so it’s important to stay humble.
I also fell in love with the airport it was hosted at. It was Lake Cumberland Regional Airport (KSME) in Somerset, KY. It has everything a nice, huge airport would have proportional to a regional airport. It had a terminal building, baggage areas, and a boarding room-not to mention an executive style general aviation area. It had a beautiful backdrop and the people there are very friendly. It’s definitely on my list to fly to later, either on my own or with EKU.