Thanks for your post. I appreciate the thoughtful comments which are made on the forum.
I didn’t miss the point. To the contrary, as a low time pilot (135 hours with 25 in SR20), I may be far more cognizant of the point than many of my more experienced bretheren may be. I know that I have much yet to experience, and I plan to experience it in the most careful way possible. That would be my plan whether I was in a 172 or in an SR 22. To date, I can think of several instances flying here is South Florida with its ever changing weather when conservative decision-making kept me from having to explore new limits which could have proven unreasonable. While my logbook may be thin on total time, my life experience in pressurized decision-making is substantial. Hopefully, I will continue to expand my personal envelope in a series of carefully considered baby steps, and stay away from situations which I may be able to handle but which it would be unwise to intentionally undertake.
At the end of the day (has anyone ever really gotten there??), the world is full of stupid ways for people to kill themselves and those around them, and if someone is not sufficiently aware of their surroundings, their real capabilities and the great uncertainty that always lies out there, they stand an excellent chance of finding one of them. Take for instance the guy down here in South Florida who was out on a lake on his jet ski some months ago, was tooling along at about 60 m.p.h. and experienced a controlled flight of his head into a duck. Both duck and jet skier died.
Hopefully, all of us will constantly examine our situations in light of our abilities, the abilities of the aircraft, the benefits of pushing the outside of our personal envelopes and the consequence of being wrong in our decision-making. Discussions like we have had over the last few days are helpful, but let’s move on to something else. I’m sure we’ll get back to this subject many times in the future.