I’m wondering where the line between safety and discrimination sits in our society?
We’ve got this kind of ‘special’ guy in our aviation class this year. While heâ€™s a new face to most of us, many of the staff or fellow students can bang off amusing stories of past experiences with the guy. I can chat with him and such, while he looks kind of funny and has what I can only describe as a â€˜bizarre intellectâ€™, he’s just your average super friendly, 30-year old first nations guy, who’s got to be suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome, or something of that nature. It really isn’t any of my buisiness and he’s a nice enough guy, but truthfully isn’t the brightest bulb on the tree, and let me leave it at that. Alright, fine! Lots of people are different, and we do the best we can to include them in everything, trying not to discriminate against them in anyway, especially when it comes to their decision of what they want to do for a career. So this particular fellow wants to be a professional pilot. That might seem fine to most of you, but when Iâ€™m bombing around the countryside and this guy is within reception distance, I canâ€™t help but to stay the fuck away from wherever heâ€™s flying. Why? Well, from word of mouth of others involved, earlier in the year, he apparently was on the wrong frequency at the wrong time on the wrong side of the valley, at the wrong altitude and almost took out a company plane that he never even sawâ€¦ right, and so Iâ€™ll just keep my distance for now. YESTERDAY, driving to my exam, (you have read this form yesterday, maybe?), there was a warning on the radio about a reckless driver who was followed by police until he pulled into the flight centre parking lot, the same parking lot I was about 5 minutes away from. I didnâ€™t bother to ask anyone what happened. The cops were just about to leave to scene when I arrived. It wasnâ€™t until just now that the full story came to my attention, and frankly I can hardy believe it. So this guy… this weird guyâ€¦ this weird guy that flies airplanes! Apparently cut his tire off of his rim last night, and proceeded to DRIVE to school from Westbank on his rimâ€¦ Intentionally. In his mind, this was fine, safe and probably just one of the everyday kind of activities he indulges in. Obviously, If someone thinks for a moment that driving your car, ~50km to school, through the centre of Kelowna out to the airport on a rim, is a good idea, they shouldnâ€™t be driving at all, let alone fly! What do you think? I honestly find somewhat improper of the flight school to allow someone witha condition like this to spend this amount of money on training that will probably never benefit them. Weâ€™re talking tens of thousands of dollars here, wasted. What’s worse, cutting him off or letting him continue? Is it safe to let him continue? I feel I shoud also point out that he has been passing all of his courses, and from an admisitrative point of view he probably appears as an average student.