By THOMAS P. TURNER
The time has come for us to stop thinking about flying safety. Only a minority of the pilot population wants to hear about it.
Tell a pilot you think something is unsafe, and he or she will counter that they feel it’s an acceptable risk. Nothing about flying is perfectly safe, except not flying at all.
Safety is a very subjective standard. No one thinks they are unsafe. But rarely are they making that judgment objectively.
We define safety as the absence of accidents — but is “not crashing the airplane” really the best we can do? [Read more…]