Semi-expert testimony

Jamie Beckett is a CFI and A&P mechanic who stepped into the political arena in an effort to promote and protect GA at his local airport.

Opportunities to represent the aviation community come from all over the map, and they’re almost always unexpected. More often than not, I agree to participate in the process when I’m asked. You see, I learned long ago that, “no comment,” is a weasel’s way out of getting into a conversation that might be uncomfortable, or potentially unflattering to the interviewee. Big deal, I say. If you’re going to be perceived as a representative of the cause – represent (as the kids say). So my personal policy has always been to accept any request that’s serious and reasonable, regardless if the request comes from a high school journalism student or a cable news company.

If you want to know what I think, just ask. I’m not shy about sharing my views. And I’m not the least bit reticent to point out the difference between my opinion and the facts of the matter. Because for someone who is on the listening (or reading) end of the relationship, it’s important that they know the difference between the two. Accuracy is important when you’re trying to shed light on a technical subject, or clear up the mud that’s been slung around on a topic that at least one participant doesn’t understand as well as they should. [Read more…]