Pilots, by nature, tend to skew toward the paranoid parameter of the bell curve when tested by psychologists, and that’s actually a good trait. It means they double-check things like the weather and fuel load with their own eyes. Pilots keep an ace up their sleeve, a Plan B, because experience has taught them that instruments fail, engines quit, wings stall and weather goes down the tubes. An overly doe-eyed trusting disposition could easily slide toward the edge of liability — if not ...

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