As you'd expect I look around other fear of flying sites to see what's going on. Quite often chunks of my website or book contents appear on other sites so I have to keep an eye on copyright issues.
One person I contested said that he thought I was arrogant and unfriendly because I asked him to remove an entire page of my book from his site. After all he said "I was only trying to help people, what's so wrong in that?" The only helping that was going on was his helping himself to my work.
This is a site that 'highly recommends' a particular course because...I'll leave you to work out why it's recommended.
Phrases like 'turbulence is uncomfortable but that's not the same as dangerous', 'not even a madman could open a door in flight' have all been copied from my original content. There is no infringement of copyright but...
I've learnt to live with flattery.
Well today I saw the comment 'When pilots are sure that all is well for take-off,'
Although this is a normal conversational comment it totally misrepresents the safety and operational culture in aviation.
Sureness of wellness is a take off procedure unknown to me in all my years of flying and training.
The satement reinforces the notion that many fearful flyers have, that flying is all a bit, maybe, maybe not, perhaps we can, perhaps we can't. It doesn't represent the reality of flying. It is vital to use words to good effect and use them accurately so that they develop confidence, not doubt.
I may seem like a grumpy old man chasing after a dream and getting irritated when I'm at odds with the world, maybe, maybe not, it doesn't matter. What does matter is helping people to overcome their fear of flying. And a site that peddles inaccuracy in descriptions does not help anyone, especially peope who are sensitive about the subject.
However the site I refer to is another that is a 'shop' selling other peoples' cures via google."When all pre take off checks have been completed"
is the only way that the particular event could have been described. That statement is accurate, beyond dispute, and unambiguous. Anything else is emotive and misleading.
'A ship will sink with a little leak as well as a big one.'
Best wishes and if you want to call me I'm on 01420 588 628.
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