As we continue our discussion on trading as a form of combat I want to take a look at a subject that many of you might find odd coming from a fighter pilot -- managing risk. Yeah right Whiz, risk is your middle name. Not true. Fighter pilots are probably the most risk-averse people you will ever meet. Hollywood hasn't helped us out much, so let me eliminate the Hollywood Top Gun stereotype once and for all. If a Naval aviator pulled a stunt similar to any of those portrayed in that movie, it would be his or her last flight. They'd lose the gold wings on their chest, and maybe even their lives. Those stunts in the movie were dangerous; they were risky. Actually, they were stupid too. But believe me when I tell you that flying fighters is not that dangerous, it's not that risky. It's actually quite safe, if you're professional and have the required discipline to execute. If you don't believe me, see for yourself. Let's take a look at a typical work day in my old office as I fight one of my squadronmates over the Republic of Texas. Check it out here: Whiz Dogfight . Just another day at the office right? Did that look dangerous to you? Here are some of the reasons why it wasn't. The preparation for this flight started the moment I saw my name on the flight schedule the day before. I hit the gym for the required night before pump, then home for good chow. Hit the rack early and then work up early to head into the squadron. For an hour and a half before the flight, my wingman and I briefed for this mission. We covered everything from the weather to potential emergencies. We covered the rules of engagement, or ROE, which outline what we could and could not do during the fight. The aircraft was readied for the mission by expert maintenance personnel, utilizing comprehensive checklists and procedures. As you watched the clip, you probably heard a bunch of beeps and radio calls. Most of the radio calls were my wingman and I conflict on our flight paths over the radio. At one point, I called "high" and he called "low," indicating where our jets were going because while the engagement started at a high air speed, you could tell that we were maneuvering the jets as hard as we could and when jets get slow they sometimes don't go where you want them to. We were warning each other -- hitting each other is on the bad side of the good/bad scale.