It is hard to be funny on a day like this. Our heart goes out to all the victims of yesterday’s crash at Reno and their families and friends.
I’ve seen some comments underneath the various newspaper articles I read today that go along the lines of “I’m not surprised, airhows should be banned, it’s a waste of ressources, etc.”. To those people I would like to say a heartfelt shut up! I dread the coming discussions about how to make our lifes 99.96% instead of 99.95% safe.
From my observation, aviators are probably the most attentive, watchful and knowledgable bunch of people I know when it comes to safety. That probably comes from the fact that they’re used to having the lifes of others as well as their own life in their hands. On the other hand, aviation will never be 100% safe. No human activity will ever be.
So we raise our flag to half mast today. We salute Jimmy Leeward and the other dead and our hearts and minds are with the ones left behind and also, especially, with those that were injured. We wish you a speedy and complete recovery!