Over the last couple months I have noted a few folks, including myself,,,, slip up and head down the road that the general population seems to be heading. ie. acting as if we have no responsibility for our own actions.
Sometimes while sitting in the cockpit with our headsets it is easy to forget what is going on outside the aircraft.
Some things I saw this summer.
1. A float-plane pilot motoring right up to (and straight at) a dock with five or six small kids swimming and playing around it. All of whom had to dive under the plane or run like heck... Remember that that prop consist of two swords cutting up anything in their paths.
2. A student pilot pushed his plane out of a shared hangar and then fired it up with the hangar door still open behind him. One of the mechanics working inside ran over to tell him that he was blowing things all over the hangar with his prop-wash. But instead of shutting her down, he fire-walled the engine and taxied straight away. He actually blew tools off the shelf with that one... Now nobody wants to work on his plane.
3. A Stupper Cub driver decided to display his testosterone level at a fly-in by ground taxing into a group of people in lawn chairs who were watching the take-off and landings. Barely missing another pilots head with his wing-tip as he spun a 180 degree half-ground loop... I am still not sure how he avoided a butt kicking...
4. And don't even let me get started about the dyslectic guy who passed me during a pattern downwind,,, calling out that he was passing on my left, when he really passed on my right... which I saw just as I was breaking right to avoid whoever the heck it was..
Anyway, winter is a good time to reflect on safety...
When approaching a dock, beach or ramp, wait for folks to move away or wave them away... Kids do not understand how dangerous your propeller may be, and adults may mistakenly think you need help.
The same goes for ground taxi, and nobody will think you have a bigger yahoo than the next guy , just because you managed to spin your tail wheel around and side load your tail spring.
Prop wash can really mess up the insides of a hangar.
Passing other planes in the pattern might get you on the ground 60 seconds earlier... So what... So now you are a New York cab driver and not an Alaskan pilot...
Take your time, think things through and think of others, we pilots have to stick together.