Saturday, January 10, 2015

Not all learning comes from books

The big failure in our industry is the Faa confusing the symbolic world of the written word with reality. Tradesmen deal with reality.  They are show-me and hands-on of the real world.

Attorney and bureaucrats, however, work in the abstract world of symbols and words. When the Faa regulations force a symbolic process onto the tradesman you get unknown results. How many chefs do you see using checklists and cookbooks and calibrated stoves each time they melt butter?

And the biggest abstraction of them all is "airworthiness." There is no such thing; you cannot touch it. You cannot see it. But the mechanic is suppose to inspect for it. Airworthiness is a philosophical construct codified into law. The mechanic should not be told to practice law.

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