Autistic Philosophy 26, Avoid!

Sorry that I have left you hanging for further adventures of a philosophical sort, I now return to writing blogs. I had not writ in some length of time because I have been sufficiently occupied with real world activities that I have had little energy remaining with which to create a good blog entry. I have not writ this entry also because although I knew where I wanted to go, I had no clear idea where to begin this sojourn. I actually began it a few times and then stopped in disgust. Well, I think I have an idea where to begin, and I have this idea precisely because of my inability to write creative prose for a while. This episode fits very nicely into the theme being explored.
Now, being autistic can grant a person some wonderful powers. I will get to these positive aspects of autism shortly, I promise! At this moment I am concerned mainly with avoiding some autism specific problems. This only makes sense. I have been using flying machines as analogy to people and will at this moment continue with this useful methodology.
A person can learn to do many useful and even enjoyable things with an aircraft. However, the person wanting to fly one does not begin actual education and training with all the aerial fun and wonder offered by mechanical flight. The candidate for pilot begins with learning of all the terrible and frightening things that wait there, lurking in the shadows, to destroy aircraft and kill pilots. Usefulness and fun can come later; let us first figure how not to get ourselves all kilt up!
In aviation one important phrase is, ”The Envelope”. The envelope of which I write is that multi dimensioned space wherein lies all that the aircraft can safely do. There are definitions to this envelope in terms of speeds, and altitudes, and G loadings and other factors. Within the flight envelope the airplane will probably be reasonably docile and safe. Outside the envelope lies danger.
People have operational envelopes as well. Autistic people’s envelopes are different from those of most people whom we might term ”neurotypical”, or as I put it, ”entee”. If a person, autistic or not, is to operate safely; that person must stay within that envelope. Well, most of the time. . .
Consider the previously mentioned H V Curves of helicopters. These curves are developed with respect to falls following total engine failure, ability to transition to auto rotation, maximum landing speeds. . . One must stay out of the usually grey H V Avoid areas of operation. Yeah, except that I would bet that nearly every helicopter takeoff and transition to forward translational flight nips into that Avoid area! Lesson: going into a region of dangerous operation is just that: dangerous, it does not automatically mean sudden death!
More to come.


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