Maybe a more accurate measurement would be "number of years driving." Like USPA routinely mentioning "number of years in sport" when they publish accident reports.
To EricaH: the age at which you start learning a new skill is also a major factor. Older people learn slower, partly because they no longer believe thay are immortal and that fear forces them to take fewer risks. The other age-related issue is that nerves adapt slower as we grow older. For example, a neighborhood taildragger pilot gave me a lengthy lecture about how flying tail draggers is best learned as a young man. Flying taildraggers is one of those skills where a younger man's quicker reflexes can salvage a bad landing. Old tail dragger pilots may have slower reflexes, but they are conditioned reflexes, furthermore, old tail dragger pilots can think farther ahead of their airplanes, anticipating more problems. In other words, young pilots depend upon lightning fast reflexes to pull them out of dangerous corners, while old pilots try to keep their brains far enough ahead of their airplanes that they ever enter dangerous corners. Flying fast canopies requires similar thought processes.
(This post was edited by riggerrob on Jan 24, 2005, 6:02 AM)
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