Here is another strip that is not invented. It comes with a great little story, maybe even a moral to the story:

A few years back I was supposed to fly a helicopter back to its base in LA after it had been an exhibit in Las Vegas at Heli Expo. We had flown the helicopters out of the convention center and to an airport nearby the night before. The weather was really bad all around us and many pilots chose not to go any further than that, including me. The next morning the weather was still less than ideal on my route but the forecast looked like it was clearing up. Knowing the route like the back of my hand and the local area I kept an eye on the dark cloud south of my house. I could see the pass I needed to make it through right from the house so there was no sense in me heading to the airport and sit there for hours waiting for the weather. When the clouds started to break up and I saw a bunch of holes I could make it through near the mountains south of the valley I started heading to the airport. I knew that by the time I was done with my preflight and fueling, the visibility and cloud cover would be even better.

When I got to the airport and was waiting for fuel I went into the pilots lounge to check the weather one more time on the computers there. I was one of the few guys who hadn’t downloaded the brand new Foreflight app back then. I think as a utility guy I am usually one of the last ones to receive any new technology in the aircraft and I believe most of us are somewhat resistant to new technology. Otherwise we wouldn’t be flying 50+ year old aircraft, right?!

But in the pilots lounge there were a bunch of corporate guys flying fancy new twin engine helicopters. We were chatting and discovered we were pretty much all headed in the same direction this afternoon. I said “Well, gentlemen, I’ll see you all on the next convention. I’m off.” They asked me where I was going. I responded that I was taking off now to fly to LA. Three of them jumped up with their iPad in hand and said “Wait! You can’t go yet! Look at the weather! It’s still pretty marginal!” I looked at their iPad and it showed all the fancy clouds and rain drops and all the stuff we’re so used to looking at nowadays. “That’s neat, thanks! I’m still gonna go.” “What makes you think you can make it through there?” the question came with a finger pointed at the dark green blotches. I looked out the window and pointed at the huge break in the clouds and said “It’s clearing up. Check out this huge break in the clouds south of us. I know the terrain. If I follow the freeway I’ll be way clear of any weather and further south it gets better according to your maps.”

It turned out that literally nobody in this room thought of looking out the window. Everybody was sitting around, staring at their apps watching for a change in the weather. It was an eye opener for everyone. Sometimes we rely on technology so much, we forget the very basics …