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I was just wondering how many of you out there have experienced the same thing I have.
Every time I tell my family or friends that I'm building an airplane they all get this horrified look on their face and tell me they know all kinds of people that have died in homebuilt aircraft and they're sure I will be the next one if I go ahead with this insanity. When pressed they can never give me any names or specifics though.
So I was just wondering what everyone else's response is when they get this from family and friends.
I have rigged up several 2 x 4's and some bed sheets, took a picture of it, this is what I show them when they ask what my airplane looks like. At that point they just turn several shades of white and don't have much more to say about it. Usually it's all I can do to not burst out laughing..
So what is a good answer or comeback to people like this.
Take care and appreciate the joy of building.... there's nothing better in life.
Remember Gordon, experience is obtained by surviving bad judgement! :-)
I tell people that "flying is all about risk management. It's like driving a car. You put on your seat belt. You obey the traffic lights and laws. You watch out for other cars. Don't be stupid and run out of gas. If a warning light comes on on the dash board, deal with it right away. Just like a car. There are a few more things, but that's mostly it." -- And then I go on to address what recent incident is really at the base of their concern.
I think the important thing for us to understand is that our friends are not 'being negative'. They are genuinely concerned, and often because they do not have a comparable frame of reference. A positive parallel with driving may not end the discussion, but it gets the discussion over the "What are you, crazy?" hump.
Most of the time when I say I am building my plane they immediately turn to my wife and say, "Are you going to fly with him?"
When i was building my 601 mostly the response was "are you really going to get in it?" Best/funniest response was local city inspector for my new gas line. Walking in my garage he asks what's this. After I told him I'm building an airplane. His response was damn, yours must be dragging the ground! Took me a few seconds to realize what he was saying,.