with Karl Faase

Spatial disorientation

cockpit view

The term "spatial disorientation" refers to the effect on pilots when they can't see the horizon. In aviation the term means the inability to correctly interpret the aircraft's altitude or airspeed. Without training to fly by their instruments, pilots, without the help of a clear horizon due to darkness or fog, quickly lose spatial orientation and tragically fly their planes into the ground.

This also occurs quickly. Research shows that 19 out of 20 untrained pilots went into a death turn in a simulator, and this occurs in less than 3 minutes.

All of us need exactly what pilots require - a fixed point of reference. When we don't see a fixed point of reference, when we trust our feelings about what seems right, we quickly lose perspective and sometimes crash out of life. The Bible gives us that fixed point of reference.

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