CFIT; Controlled Flight into Terrain - a classic Oxymoron
C172 — N54538 — Santa Ana > (practice area) — Performance T/O, Stalls, MCA, Dutch Rolls, Landing — 1.1hrs
Studying stalls, I read about a term CFIT; Controlled Flight into Terrain.
Meaning? It's a nice way of saying crash and burn.
But “accidents” do happen, right?
So which is it??
"CFIT describes an accident in which an airworthy aircraft, under pilot control, is unintentionally flown into the ground, a mountain, water, or an obstacle. The pilot is generally unaware of the danger until it is too late."
However, seems a classic oxymoron to me.
Because the simplicity of it is, that if his plane is airworthy and under pilot control, and he STILL flies into terrain, he's either a suicide, or a terrorist.
If there were factors that were OUT of pilot control, then clearly it was an unintentional ACCIDENT, be it natural or human error.
Perhaps wind shear hit, mechanical failure, etc., etc. All valid. I believe unexpected factors are NOT under the pilot’s control in the first place. And that's one thing.
Now, if the pilot is unaware of the danger, was he really in control??
Preplanning, weather prediction, fuel, mechanical checks, etc., **ARE** of course part of controlling the flight. And that includes knowing the terrain under the flight path, bodies of water---where they are, and if you can make it across them---obstacles along your course---their height, and prediction to avoid them, pre-flight, run-up, monitoring your gauges. All that.
Well I ask, why call it “Controlled” flight at all?? If not suicide or terrorist, it was either an oversight, error, or a natural accident, and it was out of his control.
Simply call it an accident, and list the real cause, whatever it was. But please don’t call it “Controlled” flight.
It’s controlled or an ACCIDENT.
Just more shit that doesn't make sense, as I see it.
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Ever see the film Air America? It's very fun, and very revealing of pilot ops in certain areas.
Air America (1990), Action, Comedy, with Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis, directed by Roger Spottiswoode. The story of a bunch of lunatic pilots, gun-running and opium smuggling.
I watch it again and again.