The job requirements for a professional pilot are 5% stick and rudder skills and 94% mental kills. That is why you will see no smiles on the faces of these acrobatic pilots although they are enjoying the times of their lives. The concentration is intense; the faces are stone. Well, one can hardly call Patty Wagstaff’s face “stone”. Let’s say jewel.

In case you are wondering about that other 1%, it is the ability to stay calm and use good judgment when sheer terror strikes. “Sully” Sullenberger had it when he chose to land in the Hudson River and not try to make it to Teterboro, New Jersey.

Bye the way, Sully is retired now and enjoying the freedom of flying “little” planes wherever and whenever he wants.

Bob B

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