I vividly remember a moment when you and I were standing at the edge of your floating dock before I went up. As I was (and still consider myself) newly certified SES pilot, you said something to the effect of, the VERY first thing you want to do, before preflight, is to know the wind. Direction, speed and the way it will move in relation to your environment. I'm happy to say that I ask myself that regardless of what I am flying and where.
The recent Cirrus incident was another tragedy which struck close to home. It is unfortunate to hear of all these preventable tragedies which occur much too often. I appreciate all the valuable lessons learned at Alaska Float Ratings.
Keep up the great work and much success to all of you.
Best regards and blue skies,