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I Have the Aircraft! – Where Accountability Meets Action

You’re at 20,000 feet and 550 knots in your F-16 and your instructor pilot (IP) just demonstrated a perfect offensive BFM (Basic Fighter Maneuver) engagement. Now, it’s your turn to show him what you’ve learned.

He yells out on the radio, ‘You have the aircraft!

You respond, “Roger Sir, I have the aircraft!” and waits for you to shake the stick (meaning you’re now in control.)


Are you really ready to fly that $30 million piece of machinery? Are you prepared, focused, and confident? Are you mission ready? Well, let’s hope so. Because when you say “I have the aircraft,” you better be!

Everyday at work you’re given the aircraft to fly. RFP’s, contract reviews, sales meetings, marketing strategy, cold calls, etc…Are you ready to step up and fly?

“I have the aircraft” means:

  • You’re prepared – you’ve taken the time to study, chair-fly, and contingency plan
  • You’ll follow the mission through to completion – you’re committed
  • You’re willing to relinquish control if/when you need to – you know you’re wingmen and can ask for help
  • You’ll admit when you’re wrong – you have integrity and understand the mission comes first…not your ego!

Saying “I have the aircraft” means YOU OWN THE RESULTS and are ultimately responsible for the success or failure of the mission. It’s all about accountability.

Successful companies have dedicated wingmen who want to fly the toughest missions. They seek responsibility rather than shirk it. Why? Because they have paid the price in training and have the discipline and focus to win. More importantly, they are committed to the mission and to results.

Are you one of these wingmen? Hmmm…That’s what I thought

Ok…”You have the aircraft!

I’ll see you at 20,000 feet.


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