How Does An Airplane Fly?
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There is no excuse for not taking short vacations here and there thorough the year besides the traditional ones in summer and winter; among those who fly aircraft for a living, this should be the norm aside all existing regulations.
There is a discipline called human factors, which studies human performance and human behaviour, as related mostly to safety and accidentology. This discipline is widely used in high-risk environments such as aeronautics and astronautics, and the goal of its study is to prevent serious human mistakes. From this discipline we know - this is a scientific fact, despite what your supervisor at you job may say - that after a certain number of hours - five, to be precise - human performance decreases, and after seven, working becomes counterproductive because the number of mistakes make coasts soar so high as to equal or surpass any profit.
This Luscombe suffered an accident due to lack of attention of its pilot.
And a similar thing happens if you work uninterruptedly for a number of days; so, corporate policies seeking to exploit workers with long hours during most days of the week are simply flawed. They will never work and this is as certain as the distance to the Moon. So, it is in the interest of everyone to keep people working happily and efficiently, and for you as a worker, life is also to be enjoyed. There is a world outside your cubicle or cockpit, you know.
This is not to promote laziness, but a better and more productive lifestyle. It would make no sense to work untill you drop to the floor. After three hours of being continuously in command, no pilot or aviator flies well and attention decreases; it is by no coincidence that most small, general aviation aircraft have been designed so that they have an autonomy of little more than three hours, plus reserves.
Long range or long duration flights must be made with a crew of at least two.
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