You have the airplane

I was working remotely on a server the other day, and we were modifying data in the dbms. This was the whole ‘all hands on deck’ situation where data issues needed to be ferreted out and solved quickly. I was finding and modifying data through the command line and a buddy of mine was modifying it through a HMI. There was a bit of confusion on who was editing what. I said…

“you have the airplane”

In my previous life I was a pilot. Well Ok I learned to fly, got my pilots license,  and meet two boards to try to become a pilot in the USAF. During that process I got a chance to do some aerobatic flight in a RV4 that my flight instructor Bill Gunn owned. That life did not work out for me, however I have tasted flight.

Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return. - ! Leonardo da Vinci

Sorry Goose, but its time to buzz the tower

These things are now stitched into my DNA. Anyway, ah-hum.. bringing this back into software development. There is a valuable lesson to be learned from this type of communication. The theory in the pilot/co-pilot community is that you say this out loud in the cockpit ‘I have the airplane’ or ‘you have the airplane’ this is acknowledged by the other pilot. Its a ‘positive’ hand off of the aircraft’s flying responsibilities. So you don’t both sit there and say I thought the other person was flying the plane. While you come in way to ‘hot’ on a landing.

Now whenever I use this little quote I can just point to this entry for anyone that does not get it. Also I needed a place to store some of my cool aviation links and photos.

In this video is Falcon Flight . The red RV4 on the left is my flight-instructor’s airplane. I have been in the back-seat of that aircraft doing some formation flying and its a heck of a rush.

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