I thought the following response to Information Overload was insightful.
I am an airline pilot and also work in our standards and training departments. I have watched literally thousands of crews go through the motions in our simulators while I am training or checking them. Over the years our airplanes have become much more complicated and our procedures as well. The procedures must keep up with technology. While working with new hires I often feel sorry for them as they spend countless hours trying to understand the computers and precious few hours thinking about flying. A funny thing can, and does, happen. The procedures become the goal and system knowledge the mark of a good pilot. If you can answer the questions well and type pretty fast you can remain in good stead and be respected. The problem is… Can you fly?
Statistically, the answer is yes. In America we are enjoying a very safe airline industry. However, what I am seeing is a deterioration of basic flying ability. It’s always interesting to see a mature pilot working with a new one. The new one is usually headstrong and book smart. The older one is a little tired of all the change and is maybe not up on the latest buzz. Sometimes the younger pilot will even begin to think he is better than the older one because he can answer quicker and knows the page numbers. Invariably this will go on for a few days until the younger pilot pushes up against his limited experience and loses the big picture. Then the older pilot will make a simple statement like “would you like to climb now? I think there is a big rock in front of us!” It gets real quiet, and sometimes the younger pilot is so overloaded in procedures that he can’t even speak, and the older one will take over and save the day. That’s when we have “the talk”.
I explain that being a good pilot is not in knowing the procedures. Sure, this knowledge is important and you need a certain amount of it, but it is not the goal. You learn these as a foundation so you have the ability to grow. The goal is to rise above the procedures with understanding so you can be free to engage the act of flying. This is a real eye opener for a young pilot and the beginning of the road to maturity. In my walk with Father, the knowledge is important and welcome, but in no way the goal. It is part of the foundation so I can focus on being with him. When I meet truly mature believers I often find that they are not up on the latest buzz or book and might not have every address for every scripture memorized, but when real life happens, they are able to move forward with a grace and ease (without much fanfare) and not run into the big rock in front of them. __ Marv