Essay about Flying Is A Great Equalizer

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"Flying is a great equalizer. The plane doesn 't know or care about your gender as a pilot, nor do the ground troops who need your support. You just have to perform. That 's all anyone cares about when you 're up there - that you can do your job, and that you do it exceptionally well." This is one of my favorite quotes that explains what are expected of pilots from a passenger/civilian standpoint. And sometimes it could be said that passengers and/or civilians overlook how hard it is to be "perfect," or do an exceptional job as a pilot. We are all human and by nature, humans make mistakes and will continue to make mistakes until the end of time. Human/pilot error plays a huge role in aviation, and is something that is nearly impossible to eliminate. This is why it is so important to pay attention to all phases of flight, as a pilot, and attempt to eliminate pilot error. But what happens when a major mistake is made, caused by pilot/human error? Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 experienced the full aftermath of what truly happens when pilots/humans make major mistakes before the flight, and during the flight.

The 1972 Andes flight disaster is a major aviation accident that occurred in the Andes Mountains on 13 October, 1972. Uruguayan Flight 571 was a twin turboprop Fairchild FH-227D, carrying the Old Christians Club rugby team, that was headed from Montevideo, Uruguay to Santiago, Chile. The pilot on board was Captain Julio Cesar Ferradas who had logged 5117 hours. ("Andes…

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