Flying is a privilege, and while we all fall short of perfection, we try. We read and talk and practice. We try to keep abreast of the latest in weather, technologies, communications procedures, airport signage, regulations and airspace. We practice approaches and short-field landings and steep turns and simulated forced landings and navigation. We critique our flights mercilessly, and we’re our own worst critics. And if we’re lucky enough to own an airplane, we damned well know how to use what’s installed, whether it’s a Superhomer or a G1000.