I Made a Mistake that Almost Killed Someone - So I Told EVERYONE About It
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Back in 2013, when flying Hawk T2s at RAF Valley, I had to put a flight safety report in: 'Failure to apply parking brake resulting in un-commanded aircraft movement.'


This made the Station Commander and my boss VERY unhappy because I was saying that, in sorting out the many number of problems that were part of everyday life under a poorly performing UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS), I was not safe to operate.


That wouldn't normally have been an issue except...


...I was the most senior flying instructor on the base.


If I was struggling, then so was everyone else.


When you make an error - tell people about it, it does two things - it makes everyone else safer AND it disarms those who wish to criticise you.

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