Last week, AVweb asked pilots about their relationship with ATC. Is the controller always right, or do you have to supersede their judgement with your own? Most of you (45% of respondents) admit to having refused a controller's directions but you consider it a rare event. Another 21% of those who participated agree that controllers know best (for the most part) and that their decisions should always be heeded. A relatively small percentage (13%) disagreed, reminding us that ATC works for pilots and isn't a voice of indisputable authority. Most telling, perhaps, is that 20% of respondents think the "my way or the highway" attitude of controllers is a counterproductive bit of pilot culture that needs to change.
Flying can be a dangerous business. Sometimes recognition of that notion heightens our vigilance and helps keep us safe. This week, AVweb would like to know how many friends you've lost to flying. Click here to share your opinion.
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