We pilots of a certain age were taught in school that George Washington never told a lie. Teachers drove the point home with a story about America’s first president and a certain felled cherry tree. I’m not sure why a lesson about being honest had to involve George Washington. Maybe it was to make the point that people who don’t lie are destined for great things.
That’s why a report to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System I summarized at the end of last month’s column troubled me. In it a pilot admitted to fabricating a fantastical story to emphasize the importance of pilot courtesy. The lie was so huge and so unbelievable, it got me thinking about why we lie.
Are the reasons behind why we lie enough for a CFI to tell such a whopper? [Read more…]