Flying a plane solo is just about one of the most dangerous transportation adventures you can undertake. If you crash, the chances of emerging without a serious injury are extremely slim.
What are the main dangers of flying a plane solo?
A common saying in the aviation industry states:
“The best pilots possess the superior judgement to avoid situations requiring their superior skills to survive.”
This is absolutely true. The best, most experienced pilots have the ability to cope with a number of potentially catastrophic situations. They also have the wisdom to do everything in their power to ensure these situations never arise.
Of course, the main danger of flying a plane solo is simply that there is no one else on hand to help. If disaster strikes, your safety is entirely dependent on your own skill and decisions.
This is dangerous for a number of reasons.
- Sometimes, you need a helping hand to carry out the evasive action. Whether you need someone to keep an eye out for a signal, take over the controls or a myriad of other reasons, two heads are better than one.
- Panicked minds can make rushed, incorrect decisions. Even with all the experience in the world, pilots can struggle to stay calm and are susceptible to making mistakes. Having another pilot there to suggest ideas, or give warnings, can be invaluable.
When it comes to safety at work, pilots need it more than most. There is a very good reason planes are subject to rigorous safety inspections. If you have an accident at work, the chances are you will only injure yourself. Whilst this can be inconvenient, not to mention painful, it pales into insignificance compared to a pilot who suffers the same fate.
Making a claim
An accident thousands of feet up in the air will rarely pass off without significant consequences. If a pilot is injured at work because of defective aviation equipment, they may be due injury compensation. Whether you’re flying a plane solo or not, you have the right to expect everything has been done to ensure the safety of the plane. Otherwise, aviation employers are liable for work injury compensation. A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can get your injury compensation claim off the ground. Our expert advisors are on hand for a no-obligation chat before leaving you to decide to press ahead. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 to speak to them.
Date Published: March 13, 2017
Author: Accident Advice