Not trolling, but thanks for your response. I assume that you got out of military aviation the 1st chance that you had? Otherwise you would seem to confirm my general idea that taking meaningful risk is a worthwhile endeavor, there are definately safer things you could have done but you chose to stick with aviation.
That is actually what I find interesting, so many seem to say safety is the most important thing in life yet the choose to stay in a dangerous profession. If you are so afraid of an adventure in a helicopter why not move to a different career with even less risk than the safest helicopter operation. If not an adventurous life, what is it that you find satisfying about your career, is it just a way to get a paycheck and you look forward to a time when your life has little to no risk.
I don't think I ever equated adventure with careless, reckless, or doing risks for just the rush. Yet that seems to be what I've stirred, lots of folks who seem to live in fear and can't imagine that satisfaction in life comes from more than just seeking safety.
Rather, I'm only saying that I've stayed in this industry just like everybody that's been here for a while, even though I've lost friends who were trying to do good work. We learned from their mistakes. Yet there used to more of a sense of pushing the envelope to try to find new, effective, and better ways to get the work done. Now it seems like the highest ideal is safety and not innovation, trying things, expirmenting and tinker with new ways of doing things.
BTW, you seem to not be able to get this, but my discussion why talking about how I wish the industry still valued adventure not about my ability to get the job done. I'm a professional, that means I fly my helicopter the way my bosses want me to fly it, it is pretty easy to compartmentalize. SMS, RAs, SOPs, best practices, I'm all in and whenever I have passengers my sole goal is to get them back on the ground safely. I just no longer consider it adventurous and some days I miss that aspect. Thanks for biting though.