Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is
If you push the stick forward, the houses get
bigger. If you pull the stick back, they get smaller. That is, unless you keep
pulling the stick back - then they get bigger again.
Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's
It's always better to be down here wishing you
were up there, than up there wishing you were down here.
The only time you have too much fuel is when
you're on fire.
The propeller is just a big fan in front of the
plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot
When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No
one has ever collided with the sky.
A "good" landing is one from which you
can walk away. A "great" landing is one after which they can use the plane
Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't
live long enough to make all of them yourself.
You know you've landed with the wheels up if it
takes full power to taxi to the ramp.
The probability of survival is inversely
proportional to the angle of arrival. Large angle of arrival, small probability of
survival - and vice versa.
Never let an airplane take you somewhere your
brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.
Stay out of clouds. The silver lining
everyone keeps talking about might be another airplane going in the opposite direction.
Reliable sources also report that mountains have
been known to hide out in clouds.
Always try to keep the number of landings you make
equal to the number of takeoffs you've made.
There are three simple rules for making a smooth
landing. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag
of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag
Helicopters can't fly; they're just so ugly the
earth repels them.
If all you can see out of the windscreen is ground
that's going round and round and all you can hear is commotion coming from the passenger
compartment, things are not at all as they should be.
In the ongoing battle between objects made of
aluminum going hundreds of miles per hour and the ground going zero miles per hour, the
ground has yet to lose.
Good judgment comes from experience.
Unfortunately, experience usually come from bad judgment.
It's always a good idea to keep the pointy end
going forward as much as possible.
Keep looking around. There's always
something you've missed.
Remember, gravity is not just a good idea.
It's the law. And it's not subject to repeal.
The three most useless things to a pilot are
altitude above you, runway behind you, and a tenth of a second ago
There are old pilots and there are bold pilots.
There are, however, no old, bold pilots.