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Rules Of The Air

Rules Of The Air

Frequent flyer? Travel by air for vacations? Pilot, or wannabe?

Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.

     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.

     Flying isn’t dangerous. Crashing is what’s dangerous.

     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 start sweating.

     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
     again.

     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 aircraft 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 take offs 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 of luck.

     Helicopters can’t fly; they’re just so ugly the earth
     repels them.

     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 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, the
     experience usually comes 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 the altitude
     above you, runway behind you, and a tenth of a second ago.