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 “

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” Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgement “

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” 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 “

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” 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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