The Beech Bonanza used to be called that, deserved or not, because there seemed to be so many doctors killed in them.
It was speculated that the reasons were that they could afford to buy a high performance airplane as their first one, and they were unrealistically confident of their skills. (After all, they were people who had achieved success after success their whole lives in areas where many others had failed, and perhaps thought they could quickly learn such a mundane task as flying an airplane. In the medical profession, the Â“See one, do one, teach oneÂ” approach to new procedures may have led them to think that flying skills were as easily mastered.)
All this led to some inexperienced and overconfident people getting into trouble in high performance airplanes.
What has this got to do with the SR20? IÂ’m worried that it might become the Â“Computer Tech Para-Glider.Â” Most of the posts IÂ’ve seen on this board that seem (to me) to indicate an attitude similar to the Bonanza-crashing physicians come from apparent computer types. (Posts regarding topics such as icing and the wisdom of carrying ELT’s are evidence of this.) Again a high-income group with the same ability to buy a high performance aircraft early on, and perhaps with the same sort of overconfidence born from succeeding in a field often viewed as mysterious to others.
Let me quickly add IÂ’m sure the vast majority of both physicians and techies are good, safe, and prudent pilots. ItÂ’s the few on the margin who get all the attention. Let me also say that foolhardiness in certainly not the exclusive preserve of any group! ANYONE with a more money than experience is vulnerable.
I know this is way off topic, but I think itÂ’s worth noting and perhaps food for thought.
“Flame shields up.”