I would be fascinated to read any comments you all may have on this. I’ve noticed that a lot of pilots have a personality trait or a state of mind that allows them to become calmer, more logical and more focused when under duress or in emergency circumstances, whereas others might panic. The worse the situation, the calmer they get. I also see this in firemen, police officers and physicians, but it’s very prevalent in pilots. I have this trait to an extent, in my field (which isn’t aviation) and I think I acquired it from experience and gaining confidence in skills. Obviously, this is a good trait to have in aviation but I was wondering what the process actually entails. Of course, the calmer one is, the more control one has, which is needed for survival in some cases, but…
- What goes through one’s mind while this is occurring? (I realize this depends on the circumstances but there must be something similar across the board.)
- Is it a natural ability or is it acquired?
- Can it be taught? How?
- What is that little Magnum P.I. voice in your head actually saying?