Rules of piloting:
1. Every take-off is optional, every landing is mandatory.
2. 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
all the way back, then they get bigger again.
3. Flying is not dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous!
4. High speeds are not dangerous. Coming to a sudden stop is dangerous!
5. It is always better to be down here, wishing you were up there, than
up there wishing to be down here!
6. The only time you have too much fuel on board, is when you are on fire.
7. The propeller is just a big fan in front of the airplane, used to
keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot
8. When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No one has ever collided
with the sky.
9. A 'good' landing is one from which you can walk away. A 'great'
landing is one after which they can use the airplane again.
10. Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to
make all of them yourself. (NB This applies also to novice car drivers!)
11. You know you have landed with the wheels up if it takes full power
to taxi to the ramp.
12. The probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle
of arrival. Large angle of arrival, small probability of survival and
13. Never let an aircraft get you somewhere your brain didn't get five
14. Stay out of the clouds. The silver lining everybody keeps talking
about, might be another airplane going in the opposite direction.
Reliable sources also report that mountains have been known to hide out
15. Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal to the
number of take-offs you have made.
16. There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing.
Unfortunately no one knows what they are.
17. 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 your bag of
luck. (NB Another one for the novice car drivers!)
18. Helicopters can't fly. They are just so ugly the earth repels them.
19. If all you can see out of the window is ground that's going round
and round, and all you can hear is commotion coming from the passenger
compartment, things are not as they should be.
20. In the ongoing battle between airplanes going hundreds of miles per
hour and the ground going zero miles per hour, the ground has yet to lose.
21. Good judgement comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience
usually comes from bad judgement.
22. It is always a good idea to keep the pointed end going forward as
much as possible.
23. Keep looking around. There is always something you've missed.
24. Remember, gravity is not just a good idea. It is the law. And it's
not subject to repeal.
25. The four most useless things to a pilot are altitude above you,
runway behind you, air in the fuel tank and a tenth of a second ago.
26. Lastly, always check the runway number; then double check!
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