Wednesday, April 10, 2013

This Is Why We Really DON'T Want Flying Cars...

Imagine this on a large scale...

Pilot texting a factor in deadly copter crash
Washington (CNN) -- James Freudenberg had a reputation as a safety-conscious helicopter pilot.
But when he prepared for a medical flight in August of 2011 -- while simultaneously engaging in a private text conversation -- he set into motion events that led to the deaths of four people, including himself.
It appears that the texting itself didn't actually contribute to the crash. However, it interfered with his pre-flight check of the aircraft, causing the pilot to misjudge the amount of fuel needed for the flight. Oddly, he discovered that the helicopter was low on fuel before he made his pickup, but didn't alter the flight plan to re-fuel and wound up crashing just short of the airport on his return flight.

This is a trained pilot, someone who flew helicopters in combat. This wasn't a student pilot making a rookie error, this is someone that certainly knew better but allowed himself to be distracted at a critical time. Now, just imagine if you will, what our streets, backyards, and businesses would look like if every chucklenut out on the road was suddenly transferred to three dimensions instead of the standard two. Yeah, the guy I got behind who was SHAVING while driving? Imagine him flying. Ditto the soccer mom turned around to yell at her kids while talking on the phone. The teen driving with his knees while texting pictures of his junk to his girlfriend? Yeah. Imagine all of them flying over your house day after day...

No, thank you, I'll skip the flying cars for now...

That is all.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Or the chucklehead I was behind who was rooting around in her purse for a good 10 minutes (couldn't stay in her lane, slow and fast spurts, getting too close, etc.).

Put her in 3D and hello poor sap living on the 5th floor.

Joseph in IL

Dave H said...

I don't mind the idea of flying cars. It's just that I should have the only one.

The rest of you may disagree though.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure that BOTH Popular Mechanics and Popular Science promised that by now we would all have one. This time I really am going to cancel my subscription.


........ Oh. Wait

In any case, I still want one. And Darwin can sort the good flyers from the bad

NotDilbert

Chris said...

I've seen a guy brushing his teeth, another playing a violin (I think, can't tell a violin from a viola at 60+ mph on an interstate), and twice a male driver being *very* distracted by his passenger. All on limited-access highways at 50 mph or more, in medium to heavy traffic. We're not even counting the numerous book or newspaper readers, makeup appliers, and those obviously deep in conversation with passengers to the point where no attention remained for actually driving!

I've been a salesman for over 35 years, putting in serious local area mileage, and I can definitely say it's getting worse. A large part of that is due to cell phones, but the distractions were there before. The real problem is that too many Americans don't understand that, when you are driving a vehicle, your only job should be driving that vehicle. Yes, I have talked on my phone while driving, when I was physically unable to pull over. And quite a few times while doing that, I missed a turn or exit. Pass the clue bat, please. I have a lot more hours driving that most (non-professional) drivers, and I can get distracted, too. Others seem to belong to the mass of folks that need to spit out their gum before perambulation.

Andie said...

+1 to Chris. My favorite was a woman feeding her toddler baby food from the driver's seat to the middle of the back seat in her Expedition. She blew through a red light and we were all fortunate the 18-wheeler was paying attention before turning across her driving lane...