* Takeoff's are optional. Landings are mandatory. * If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger, if you pull the stick back they get smaller. (Unless you keep pulling the stick back -- then they get bigger again) * Flying is not dangerous; crashing is dangerous. * It's better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down here. * 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. * Speed is life, altitude is life insurance. * No one has ever collided with the sky. * It's best to keep the pointed end going forward as much as possible. * The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire. * Every one already knows the definition of a "good" landing is one from which you can walk away. But very few know the definition of a "great landing." It's one after which you can use the airplane another time. * The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival. * Always remember you fly an airplane with your head, not your hands. Never let an airplane take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier. * You know you've landed with the wheels up when it takes full power to taxi. * Those who hoot with the owls by night should not fly with the eagles by day. * 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. Helicopters can't really fly - they're just so ugly that the earth immediately repels them. * Young man, was that a landing or were we shot down? * Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself. * Trust your captain .... but keep your seat belt securely fastened. * Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment. * Aviation is not so much a profession as it is a disease. * There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing: Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. * The only thing worse than a captain who never flew as copilot is a copilot who once was a captain. * Be nice to your first officer, he may be your captain at your next airline. * It's easy to make a small fortune in aviation. You start with a large fortune. * A fool and his money are soon flying more airplane than he can handle. * Remember, you're always a student in an airplane. * Keep looking around; there's always something you've missed. * Try to keep the number of your landings equal to the number of your takeoffs. * You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back. * There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold, pilots! * Gravity never loses -- the best you can hope for is a draw!
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