When you start learning a new hobby, there is usually a period of time when you are just…well, not really good at it. You’re just learning, so everything is awkward and new. When you start learning how to fly a plane, you take classes first. You learn about the dials and the knobs and the switches and the basics of flying. You know a lot about the airplane before you even get into the cockpit. But the first few hundreds of hours that you fly, you will be with a pilot who will teach you the ropes and make sure that you know everything that you possibly can before you go out there by yourself. For one student, the lesson got very dangerous…very quickly!
A young pilot is beginning flying lessons and is in a two-seater airplane with just the instructor pilot. He has a heart attack and dies. The frantic young pilot calls out a May Day – they hadn’t gotten to this part of the lessons yet!
“May Day! May Day! Help me! Help me! My instructor pilot had a heart attack and is dead, and I don’t know how to fly. I’m just learning to be a pilot. Help me! Please help me!
She hears a voice over the radio saying:
“This is Air Traffic Control and I have you loud and clear. I will talk you through this and get you back on the ground. I’ve had a lot of experience with this kind of problem. Now, just take a deep breath. Everything will be fine! Is the plane flying level? Is the instructor pilot strapped in his seat? Just give me your height and position.”
She says, “I’m 5’4″ and I’m in the front seat.”
(After a long pause)
“O.K.” says the voice on the radio.
“Now, repeat after me:”
“Our Father Who art in Heaven…”
This poor student! In the panic, she completely forgot everything that she had learned and couldn’t think past the terror of what was happening! She hadn’t had many hours yet and wasn’t as familiar with the plane as she had first thought! Hopefully air traffic control was just playing a joke on her! Yikes!
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