The Knowledge of Flight

Some while back, a brother in Christ peaked my ever-growing interest in flying. I’ve ridden go-carts, water skis, and motorcycles, so I suppose the next logical progression in this downward spiral would be flying. However, there are certain rules of flight with which one must be familiar in order to be a successful flyer. Here are a few of them from the Australian Aviation Magazine.

  1. Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.
  2. A “good” landing is one from which you can walk away. A “great” landing is one after which they can use the plane again.
  3. Learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make all of them yourself.
  4. In the ongoing battle between objects made of aluminum going hundreds of miles per hour and the ground going zero miles per hour, the ground has yet to lose.
  5. Remember, gravity is not just a good idea; it’s the law, and it’s not subject to repeal.

Indeed, the seriousness of flight knowledge can mean the difference between life and death. When the flight begins, it is too late to be scrambling for the flight manual; one had better already know their stuff!

The psalmist understood the necessity of flight knowledge. In Psalm 90:10-12, he said, “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” The preparations for flight towards our eternal destiny are being made right now. When the flight begins, it will be too late to prepare; the outcome will be sealed. So, put your seats in the upright position and prepare for take off; we are now boarded for the final flight …smoking or non-smoking?