By LORAN MALONEY
A pilot I knew owned a Cessna 150. Every time he would see a plane fancier or more expensive than his, he would act like it was somehow the key to happiness. When he was around someone of wealth or power, he would constantly praise their money, accomplishments, or powerful position.
Fuselage envy is normal human behavior and is simply the desire to have the best of everything, including airplanes.
A great example of Fuselage Envy occurs at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, every summer (except, of course, in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic). But in past years, you’d see the look on each pilot’s face as they wandered the many planes and exhibits on the grounds.
“If only I had this or that, how happy I would be,” I said to myself the last time I was there.
Fuselage Envy is usually harmless. It provides a general incentive to upgrade or buy newer equipment.
If it is taken to the extreme, however, it can lead to false assumptions and disappointment.
Using myself as an example, if someone gave me a plane that was twice as fancy and twice as expensive as my current plane, do you think I would be twice as happy the next day?
Of course not.
If Fuselage Envy is taken to the extreme, it can lead to a situation in which you can’t enjoy flying what you do have because it is not as slick, fancy, or expensive as the next guy’s.
In my book it’s not what you fly, but how happy you are flying, no matter what you have. You can have a bigger, fancier, faster or more expensive plane, but you cannot have more fun than I have in my plane.