We learn from every pilot we fly with, every pilot we talk to. Sometimes we learn a lot. This collection of interviews and essays, from some pilots I’ve been lucky to talk with, gives a peek behind the curtain. They’ve flown fantastic airplanes, for wildly different organizations all over the world. But what’s interesting is seeing common connections, the core inner airmanship that holds true for all types of flying.
A huge thank you to all the pilots who’ve been generous with sharing their knowledge:
To me airmanship is all about the big picture and situational awareness. It is very much about being one step ahead of events, acting proactively rather than reactively. Read more …
The needles would never move. You would swear the instruments had to be inoperative. When I asked him about it, he looked astonished and said “It's a lot easier to keep them steady than it is to make corrections”. …
Many have written about this and I believe there can be little doubt that there are aerial artists. Having done some painting, I was surprised to find how much science and how many disciplines are involved in putting paint on canvas. It is more than just slopping color onto a surface. The really good painters are also very disciplined and learned. And, in many cases, they continually seek to improve their efforts. They are not satisfied with maintaining a skill. They want to enhance and broaden it …
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.
A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject.
Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.
Henry David Thoreau
We’re just focusing on skiing and improving. We’re not talking about statistics or wins or even medals.