ARROGANCE-the killer on the flight deck!
I am sure many of you have come across the P-Prune forum. Over many years I have watched with interest the antics of one character-BEAGLE! He is a highly intelligent, very experienced ex RAF pilot who finished on VC10s but appears to have chip on his shoulder about something or other because he does not seem to be able to express an opinion or disagree with anyone without a show of arrogance and rudeness.
The other interesting fact is that some of the others on this forum, a few who I know personally, always rush to his support. It reminds me very much of the playground bullyboy syndrome where the weak have to show allegiance to the bully at all costs, doesn’t matter what he says or does they will always be there to support the bully.
My point is however if you are thinking of becoming an instructor, or commercial pilot, this is not the way to talk to other people. As an aviation professional you will always hold some views and opinions different from your colleagues but the measure of a man is how he can voice these views without belittling or insulting anyone. Voicing your opinion in an arrogant or condescending manner can also completely stifle further debate with disastrous consequences-read the Tenerife accident if you need proof of this. The interesting fact is that it is because of these types of characters we have Crew Resource Management training. Arrogance on the flight deck is totally counter productive and a danger to safety.
You can certainly tell more about someone’s character by the way they disagree with someone else rather than the way they agree with them! Anyway have a read of the posts on this thread and see what you think. Could you make the same points but in a better way? I think most of you probably could. I find it at times difficult to believe that this man was an officer in what I respect as the best air force in the world-shame on you BEAGLE!