Sunday, September 25, 2005

When bad things happen to good planes.

Sometimes, great flying planes come to a bad end due to unforeseen acts of nature or human failure. If it was avoidable, then you can learn a lesson and, hopefully, never repeat it. If it was simply an "act of God" then you pick up the pieces and move on.

What is harder to loose, an expensive plane that is a so-so flyer or an inexpensive on that flies fantastic? I think it depends on the emotional investment along with the emotional reward. A plane that you bought as a kit, built yourself, flies great and has given you many great flights - well it's a drag to see it implode on impact with the ground. You invested time and it rewarded you with great moments. Kit builders know the fullness of the "Risk/Reward" thrill of the maiden flight of a new bird. Then, as they rack up each successful flight and return home, appreciation grows too. Bottom line is the bigger the investment, whether money, time, or emotion, the bigger the loss.

Mind you, no one sheds a tear - they're just toys after all. But if you are at the field with your family and a grown man plants his scale DG1000 sailplane into the ground, cover the little one's ears!


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