You forgot something
Poor Chuck. He actually tried to do everything right and still didn’t win. Attention to detail is quite important in aviation, and Chuck only missed one this time. Sometimes, missing that one detail might be the one that “gets you”.
I recently learned that it was the B-17 that prompted the invention of the checklist after airplanes were getting more and more complex and the “details” to pay attention to were piling up. On the first flight of the B-17, the detail of having left the elevator lock on was missed, which led to the aircraft stalling on take-off and crashing, nearly cancelling the entire project. After the implementation of the checklist, Boeing was able to prove the aircraft was safe after all and eventually 13,000 of these were built.
A Cessna 172 might not be as complex as a B-17, but attention to detail is important in all areas of aviation. Another example about detail is a story about one of my friends. He always puts “attention to detail” on his resume, but wonders why he seldom gets a call back. The one time I looked at it, it was full of spelling errors and half sentences. I couldn’t help but wonder if this might have something to do with it. He still hasn’t seen the irony in it yet. But maybe that’s because he is not a cartoon guy looking for the irony…