Words of Wisdom 2 – About Threat Management


Compiled by Michel TREMAUD  ( Retired, Airbus / Aerotour / Air Martinique / Bureau Veritas )

I. Introduction

Quotes always are inspiring sentences that reflect the vision and wisdom of their authors; often, quotes encapsulate all the leading fundamentals of the subject matter and, hence, offer precious information on how we can adopt and adapt these fundamentals

Here are a few quotes, from great aviation safety leaders, about incident / accident prevention and about Threat Management

About Threat Management

 » The awareness of threats and risks naturally erodes with time, in the absence of incidents and accidents ; one should not put the guard down and should maintain a reasnonable level of awareness and worry, with respect to main threats, in order to maintain the required performance level, detect potential threats and report any experience and relevant information « 

Captain Bertrand de Courville – Air France Safety Officer

 » Man must rise above the Earth – to the top of the atmosphere and beyond – for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives « 


 » You haven’t seen a tree until you have seen its shadow from the sky « 

Amelia Earhart

 » What is the cause of most aviation accidents ? Usually it is because someone does too much too soon, followed very quickly by too little
too late « 

Steve Wilson – NTSB Investigator – Oshkosh, 1996

 » The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators « 

Edward Gibbon

 » And let’s get one thing straight ; there is a big difference between a pilot and an aviator, one is a technician, the other is an artist in love with flight « 

E.B. Jeppesen

 » Don’t ever let an airplane take you someplace where your brain hasn’t arrived at least a couple of minutes earlier « 

Andy Anderson

 » Do not let yourself be forced into doing something before you are ready « 

Wilbur Wright

 » Always remenber to fly an airplane with your head, not your hands « 

Unknown author

 » Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgement « 

Unknown author

 » Keep looking around ; there is always something you have missed « 

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 » What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots ? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies ; if the ATCO screws up the pilot dies « 

Unknown author

 » The man who flies an airplane must believe in the unseen « 

Richard bach

 » It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations « 

Sir Winston Churchill,  » My Early Life « , 1930

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