Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Gripping the Control

by Asim Jalis

Here's something I read which was interesting. Beginner pilots grip the controls too tight. Also they try to over-control the plane. They react to everything. More experienced pilots hold their controls loosely. They go with the flow. If the wind buffets the plane they let it. They focus instead on the trend. As the plane veers off the course they try to control it so that it's movements acquire a trend of moving back on course. Over-control is jarring and not-smooth. It is like the authoritarian government or parent or manager that tries to force compliance with complex rules that no one can really follow. Instead the good manager establishes good trends and discourages bad trends. Focus on the trends, on momentum, on the velocity, instead of on the absolute position.