You can go on any internet or social media site, attend any EAA meeting or hang around any small airport, and without fail, people will present “Information” as if it was the data from a scientific test they were qualified to, and personally ran themselves.
Some of these people, perhaps the majority, are just repeating things they honestly believe to be ‘true’. This is the idea I was speaking of here: Thought for the Day: Opinions based solely on Opinions. This is considered ‘harmless’, but three decades of working in aviation trying to share actual data with builders has taught me that disinformation, even from well meaning people isn’t harmless.
You can’t do anything about this, it is now cooked into our national character. The country has been indoctrinated into an entitlement mentality, where the majority believe they are not obligated to read data or listen to logic which they emotionally don’t want to hear.
You can’t fix this, it was done by consumer forces of great power and insidious method. It works on the eternally effective principal of telling people what they want to hear. The only thing you can do is decide for yourself that you will not give in to it. As far as your aviation hours are concerned, It is my strongest suggestion that you seek out real information and the company of people who prefer it. At the same time, give a wide berth to the dispensers of old wives tales and situational truths. Aviation is too expensive, to risky and too important to engage in it, only armed with the observations of the blind and the logic of the clueless. Your life is worth more than that.
Remember this phrase of mine:
“Talk is cheap, testing costs money, and being ignorant costs a fortune.-ww.”
5 Replies to “Tests – vs – Talk”
Outstanding summary. You Nailed IT!
That’s why I like to read your comments. I know that your information is hard facts not passed down hearsay.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and I’m real dangerous.
Always pleasant and useful to absorb insightful knowledge. It should be obvious to practical people but the ‘practical’ is no longer a desired capacity it seems. Sentiment has taken over,,
Btw, I recommend trying Stoners first, the AR10. Less Forward Assist & cocking piece inside the handle it is chambered for a more powerful round (good for moose) but pleasant to shoot.
The dpms pattern rifles are easier/cheaper to buy quality magazines for. Magpul is even making a drum for them im told.