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There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots.

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A superior pilot is one who combines his superior knowledge with his superior judgement to avoid having to use his superior skill.

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It's better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down here.

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If God had meant soldiers to fly, He would have painted the sky brown.

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To go up, pull back on the stick. To go down, pull back further.

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Aviate, Navigate, Communicate.

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Rule one: No matter what else happens, fly the airplane.

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Fly it until the last piece stops moving.

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Believe your instruments.

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I'd rather be lucky than good.

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The propeller is just a big fan in the front of the plane to keep the pilot cool. Want proof? Make it stop; then watch the pilot break out into a sweat.

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Engine power: Lots is good, more is better, and too much is just enough.

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A check flight ought to be like a skirt, short enough to be interesting but still be long enough to cover everything.

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Experience is the knowledge that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

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Experience is a hard teacher. First comes the test, then the lesson.

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There are some flight instructors where the student is important, and there are some instructors where the instructor is important. Pick carefully.

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Speed is life, altitude is life insurance.

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Always remember, you fly an aeroplane with your head, not your hands.

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Never let an aeroplane take you anywhere that your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.

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If it's red or dusty don't touch it.

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Don't drop the aircraft in order to fly the microphone.

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An airplane flies because of a principle discovered by Bernoulli, not Marconi.

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Cessna pilots are always found in the wreckage with their hand around the microphone.

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Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man....the first is landing.

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As everyone knows, any landing you can walk away from is a 'good' one.  A 'great' landing is one when you can use the aeroplane again.

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Definition of 'pilot': The first one to arrive at the scene of an aircraft accident.

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The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival.

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Time to spare, go by air.
(More time yet? Go by jet.)

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IFR: I Follow Roads.

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If you don't gear up your brain before takeoff, you'll probably gear up your aircraft on landing.

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Those who hoot with the owls by night, should not fly with the eagles by day.

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It only takes two things to fly, airspeed and money.

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Forget all that stuff about thrust and drag, lift and gravity, an airplane flies because of money.

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Do you see that propeller? Well, everything behind it revolves around money.

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What's the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots?
If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies.
If ATC screws up, the pilot dies.

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A helicopter is a collection of rotating parts going round and round and reciprocating parts going up and down - all of them trying to become random in motion.

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Helicopters can't really fly - they're just so ugly that the earth immediately repels them.

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Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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Helicopters donít fly, they just vibrate against the earth and the earth rejects them into the air.

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The future in aviation is the next 30 seconds. Long term planning is an hour and a half.

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Fly low and slow and don't tip on the turns.

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An accident investigation hearing is conducted by non-flying experts who need six months to itemize all the mistakes made by a crew in the six minutes it has to do anything.

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Things which do you no good in aviation:
Altitude above you.
Runway behind you.
Fuel in the truck.
Half a second ago.
The airspeed you don't have.

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CAUTION: Aviation may be hazardous to your wealth.

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It is far better to arrive late in this world than early in the next.

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To err is human, to forgive is divine; neither of which is Air Force policy.

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Flying is not dangerous; crashing is dangerous.

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You can land anywhere once.

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Flying is the perfect vocation for a man who wants to feel like a boy, but not for one who still is.

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I want to die like my grandfather did, peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming in terror like his passengers.

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Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.

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Why did God invent women when airplanes were so much fun?

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Remember when sex was safe and flying was dangerous?

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Modern air travel would be very enjoyable ... if I could only learn to enjoy boredom, discomfort and fatigue.

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You can always depend on twin engine aircraft. When the first engine quits the second will surely fly you to the scene of an accident.

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The real value of twin engine aircraft is that it doubles the chance of engine failure.

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If it ain't broke, don't fix it; if it ain't fixed, don't fly it.

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Airspeed, altitude, or brains; you always need at least two.

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It is said that two wrongs do not make a right, but two Wrights did make an aeroplane.

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When starting an aviation career it is not unusual to be overwhelmed, terrified, suffer from lack of confidence and be just plain scared. As experience grows, self confidence replaces fear . . . but after a time, when you think you have seen it all, you realize your initial reactions to flying were correct.

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Passengers prefer old captains and young flight attendants.

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If flying were the language of man, soaring would be its poetry.

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Gliding is to power flying as seduction is to rape.

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Any attempt to stretch fuel is guaranteed to increase headwinds.

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I give that landing a 9 . . . on the Richtor scale.

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It's easy to make a small fortune in aviation. You start with a large fortune.

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Aviation has created many millionaires, primarily from the ranks of multi-millionaires.

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Try to keep the number of your landings equal to the number of your takeoffs.

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Takeoff's are optional. Landings are mandatory.

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If you must make a mistake, make it a new one.

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One problem is a problem, two problems are a hazard; three problems create accidents.

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Trusting to luck alone is not conducive to an extended flying career.

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We progress through repeated success; we learn through our mistakes.

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Basic Flying: Try to stay in the middle of the air, do not go near the edges of it.
 

Last Updated:

20 February 2008