Life and Flying are About Options

Written by Tim Hilley
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January 2005

I have been fortunate to have had the privilege to fly all my life. From a youngster, through my teen years, and then in the military, I have enjoyed the thrill of flying both General Aviation aircraft, fighters and training aircraft.

Throughout my life different folks, agencies, departments, and my wife taught me to keep as many options open as possible. I have learned the lesson well. During years of flying, I have applied this rule very routinely… not ever giving it much thought; it was just a matter of course.

When my flight plan and the weather is a bit iffy, I look for suitable airfields to land at along my course. Well, that’s just good old common sense. When flying, you clear for other aircraft and always try to have an “out”… yet more common sense.

Keeping your options open is something we try to do in all aspects of life but in some realms, it is more important than in others. Holding a TV remote is about options—but most will agree it is not very important. Being stuck over an undercast without an instrument rating is quite a different matter.

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