Tragedy at Local SD Airport

Sad times up there at Palomar. It's always saddening to know when an fatal accident occurs, but more so when it involves an aircraft. Perhaps it is the thought of me in their position and or the reality that pilots deal with everyday situations such as these. I like to think that we are one great family. I pray for the continued safety for all those that are up in the air to know when to go around and try again for another approach. Going around is definitely one of the hardest things to do with fuel and time knocking at your door. Condolences to the families of all those onboard.

RANT: Of course, there are people out there who still think that we get paid "too much" and don't realize the continued training that we go through nor the responsibilities that we carry every time we are planning and are at the controls. There is the other reality of first year pilots only making ~$18K to ~$22K varying on airline. Wage increases don't happen that frequently or abruptly either. But that's all knowledge that the common travelers don't care about really. They don't realize that the cheaper they want their fares, that maintenance is cut and so is safety. Just remember to say hello to your flight crew and be nice to them.