What makes a pilot “street smart” about flying? By “street smart” we mean: awareness of the essential aspects of flying; ability to know where and when to find critical information; ability to detect and compensate for the mistakes of others; ability to avoid the subtle traps and pitfalls found in the flying environment; and ability to complete a 30-year career without any accidents or serious incidents. Thousands of pilots do this each year – complete a very successful 30-year career without a single incident or accident. Is this just luck, or are there specific identifiable reasons for these superb records?
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