Our Core Values
Practice does not make perfect.
Perfect practice makes perfect.
Selected pilots must fly more than 1200 tactical jet hours to qualify as a Blue Angel. At speeds of up to 700 mph – nearly the speed of sound - The margin for error is slim. In the “diamond formation” the jets are 18 inches apart at 400 mph. Pilots must be able to trust that their teammates know exactly what to do and exactly when to do it.
Blue Angel standards are not arbitrary. Neither are ours.
Taking pride in our work.
It is said that as the great Michelangelo painted the magnificent frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel -- lying on his back for endless hours to finish every detail with great care -- a friend asked him why he took such pains with figures that would be viewed from 68 feet away. "After all," the friend said, "Who will notice whether it is perfect or not?"
"I will," replied the artist.
Nothing that is valuable
is achieved without effort.
Fritz Kreisler, the famous violinist, testified to this point when he said, "Narrow is the road that leads to the life of a violinist. Hour after hour, day after day and week after week, for years, I lived with my violin. There were so many things that I wanted to do that I had to leave undone; there were so many places I wanted to go that I had to miss if I was to master the violin. The road that I traveled was a narrow road and the way was hard."
One of the largest, strongest horses in the world is the Belgian draft horse. Competitions are held to see which horse can pull the most and one Belgian can pull 8,000 pounds. The weird thing is, if you put two Belgian horses in the harness who are strangers to each other, together they can pull 20,000 – 24,000 pounds. Two can pull not twice as much as one, but three times as much as one. This example represents the power of synergy. However, if the two horses are raised and trained together they learn to pull and think as one. The trained, and therefore unified, pair can pull 30,000 – 32,000 pounds, almost four times as much as a single horse.