Preparedness Lessons From Helicopter Pilots

by Evan on May 17, 2010

This week we’re going to talk briefly about the difference between preppers who get paralized by fear and preppers who live rich lives. I’m also going to unveil the new forum & blog, and tell you how you can now buy individual lessons from the Urban Survival Course.

My father and brother are helicopter pilots…and if you know any serious helicopter pilots who have flown more than a few hundred hours, you know that they are a different breed. For some reason, they’re willing to repeatedly go hundreds of feet in the air in a craft that has slightly better aerodynamics than a rock with sticks tied to it.

There are hundreds of things that can go wrong when you’re flying a helicopter, and helicopter pilots have to be continually aware of these dangers, look out for them, prepare their responses for when one or several of them happen, and regularly practice their responses. As they’re going through their training, they learn about more and more potential problems and how to identify and react to them.

The sheer number of problems are overwhelming for some new pilots. By no fault of their own, they aren’t ever able to relax and enjoy flying…simply because they know all the dangers.

Amazingly enough, many keep flying. They don’t bury their heads and ignore the dangers around them. Happy thoughts don’t keep helicopters airborne…rather, seasoned pilots embrace the reality of the situation and learn to thrive in the potential for chaos. Their continual discipline of identifying, preparing for, and drilling to respond to risks makes an otherwise dangerous activity fun, enjoyable, and relatively safe.

Most importantly, they don’t dwell on the danger. And if they want to live very long, they don’t freeze up because of all of the potential problems that could happen.

In some ways, preparedness has a lot of similarities with flying a helicopter. We live in a fragile society that has a very thin veil separating order and complete chaos. Earthquakes, volcanos, terrorist attacks, viruses, economic collapse, cyber attacks, and more could easily plunge part or all of the country into civil breakdown at any time…any day of the year…without warning.

Preppers are naturally more aware of these threats, as well as everyday threats around them from criminals, accidents, and more.

None of this is new…man has always had uncontrollable threats to his existance…the threats just change slightly from generation to generation.

What’s important is to approach these threats pragmatically like a seasoned helicopter pilot. Just like with a helicopter pilot, baseless optimism can lead to surprise problems that you’re not prepared for. At the same time, dwelling on all of the potentially bad things that can happen causes people to freeze up, makes them depressing to be around, and needlessly robs their enjoyment of life.

If you find yourself either ignoring or becoming frozen by potential threats, try breaking them down into bite-sized pieces and find SOMETHING you can do to take positive action today. In other words, instead of trying to focus on EVERY disaster that could happen simultaneously, focus on one at a time. Then, instead of focusing on every aspect at once, focus on one aspect at a time, like shelter, then fire, then water, then food, etc.

One of my favorite quotes is by a clergyman from the early 1900s named Douglas Horton. He said, “Action cures fear, inaction creates terror.” I can’t agree more. It has proven itself valid for myself and thousands of others in business, athletics, hunting, and personal matters and it will work for you too.

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Until Next Week,

David Morris

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Vote -1 Vote +1Evan
May 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I enjoyed your analogy to pilots. As a pilot myself, making conservative and definitive decisions is just as important in life as it is in flying. I’ve trained horses now and again, and one of the first things I teach them is to ‘startle in place’. This basically means that if something surprises them, sure, they can be scared or startled, but they learn that not every scary event requires rearing up or bolting. They stay in place, they focus on the problem, and soon learn that most things are better handled without panic. If a horse can do it, so can we. When bad things happen, we have no control over it, but we do control how we respond. If we respond negatively, it just goes south from there. If we’re positive and begin looking for solutions immediately, we are that much further ahead. Most incidents beget other incidents. If you panic or act stupidly, the second wave may just get you because you’re not moving and thinking. While everyone else is waving their arms and flipping their lid, you have the advantage of seeing, formulating your plan, putting it into action, and evaluating the results. Oftentimes, as you see and adjust to things, you become aware of the causative factors in the incident and are better able to react if or when more bad things come down the pike. The added bonus is that action is a great anesthetic to fear and uncertainty. Just the act of doing something can have miraculous effects and turns us into solutions, not just greater parts of the problem.


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