“If I’d have let you keep going for five seconds more, you’d be dead.”
Sigh. I was turning on final, I’d unknowingly put in too many degrees of flaps, taken my eyes off my airspeed, and when I realized something was going wrong, instead of taking action to correct it, I just asked, out loud, “What happened?”
Returning to flying after nearly four years off has been a frustrating, embarrassing, and humbling experience.
That said, it’s also been the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
Because not only am I, duh, flying again(!), but every frustrating, embarrassing, humbling moment is a learning opportunity. And thankfully, experience is not my only teacher. Because experience sometimes teaches some very costly lessons. Better to have teachers who can stop you on the path you’re on, the one that would lead you to stall/spin induced death in five short seconds, and put you on another path, the one that lets you live to fly another day.
“Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.”. – Proverbs 13:13