Is Aviation Safe??

Aviation is a great field to work in. I was an Army Air Traffic Controller for 17 years, and loved the work. The Aviation community is the best educated and most dynamic group of individuals in the entire transportation system. I have collected some Youtube shots I thought I’d share. With a bit of commentary of my own.

Given these trying times in the Aviation field what with underwear Bomber, Shoe Bombers, etc. Maybe this pre-flight briefing is one of the answers to the problem...

Ever wonder how those pilots get so good at what hey do? Well it's training, lots and lots of simulator training, here is a unique look in to the hard work that goes in to being one of the best!

On the more serious side. Bird Strikes have been in the news over this last year. If you'd like to know just how serious this can be check out this video.. Both Pilots Ejected and made it ok. Plane was a total loss.

So when you're having a slow day, just swing by this video and think of what it would be like to have this kind of day at the Office!! Go on admit it, it would be sooooo Coool!!

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carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Yow..... look at that F-18 go!!!

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amulets 7 years ago from Singapore

Nice video on hub. I do believe it should be safe with all the guidelines of checks. But nevertheless, life is sometimes hard to predict though.

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Pamela99 7 years ago from United States

Great videos. I like your hub. My brother was an air traffic controller for many years until he suffered a major back injury from getting rear ended in an auto accident. He always loved the job, even with the tension and stress. Keep up the great hubs!

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Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


Great hub. My Aunt Eva had a brother who flew jets in the Air Force. He used to buzz our neighborhood and it was very loud.

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breakfastpop 7 years ago

Dear Hmrjmr,

Fantastic hub with awesome videos. I love the music! You seem so calm after 17 years in air traffic control! You are really amazing.

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Flightkeeper 7 years ago from The East Coast

It's so exciting. I do wish there was a way to prevent bird strikes.

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

CM - Those puppies really honk!

Amulets - Aviation is still the safest way to travel, Fewer Accidents per passenger mile than Cars, Buses, or Trains.

Pam - It is a great Job! When it goes good it's like conducting a symphony, when you have a bad day you go home wrap a baby bottle nipple on a bottle of Vodka and suck yourself to sleep. Either way, you get up the next day and do it all again..

BPOP - Not sure if you'd have said that when I was Tower Chief, Radar Chief, or Training Supervisor, although I was a Butt hole you are right I was always a pretty calm butt hole. Goes with the territory..LOL LOL :D

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Flightkeeper - That would be a wonderful thing! I know the FAA is working on it, but I would suspect it will be a part of Aviation so long as both birds and people fly..

To all that have commented, I have been remiss - Thanks so much to each of you for stopping by glad you enjoyed the nub!!

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Dame Scribe 7 years ago from Canada

Definitely a fascinating and exciting life you lead! :)

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Dame Scribe - Just part of the Been there done that got the T Shirt History!! Life is much quieter now. LOL Thanks for stopping by!

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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

So was that part of the sound barrier displaced with water that we could see on the F-18?

Keep on hubbing

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

eovery - That's what they claim but to be honest I'm not so sure,,, Though it is a neat effect that you see in humid air. Thanks for stopping by!!

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50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

Hammer, the air wing was the place to be in the USMC I was 3rd MAW and a hub to explain it all, I went in on a "aviation guarantee" from the recruiter to get air traffic control, and you know how recruiters lie. I ended up in the door on a gun after NAS Memphis mechanics school and later a NAPs Silver Wing pilot when they still did the senior NCO's to flight school. Fun hub!

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

50 Cal - You must a started out in H-3's then, Hooah! I'd bet though that if any one had come to you after the first hot LZ as the DG and offered you something else to do you'd a said "What and give up Flyin!?" HooorrrraHHH! Eh? SF my Friend!

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50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

Hammer, it was 6.5 second life expectancy with in 300 ft of the ground, if I remember right, as the figure they taught. You are right, there is no way I'd have traded the sky's for a permanent ground pounder. I still had my share of patrol around Marble Mountain on my 1st tour. That second rocker ended that as well as opened the door to NAPs, and my Silver Wings, that civilian side the A&P license and the hours in the seat of medium and light single and dual rotor craft made me a way better than average living letting me be where I am today.

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

50 cal - So cool man! I'm working on a hub of my first Hot LZ as a grunt should be out in Feb...Thanks and GBY!

khushnood 6 years ago

its real institu

raj 6 years ago

wich tipe i belive

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Derek1 6 years ago

Bird Strikes can be pretty nasty. I'm a Cessna 172 pilot and have almost hit a few of them myself. During the approach of one of my first flights, a flock of a hundred or so birds flew right in front of us. To this day, I still can't believe we didn't hit any of them.

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