Sunday, June 3, 2018

Rules Of Flying

Fighter pilots don't like rules.  
It's all they can do to remember a few of these:

        Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is dangerous.
        Takeoff is optional. Landing is mandatory.
        If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger. If you pull the stick back, they get smaller. If you keep pulling the stick back, they get bigger again.
        It's 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 motor runs the air conditioning. If it stops, expect to start sweating.
        When in doubt, hold your altitude. No one has yet collided with the sky.
        A good landing is one you can walk away from. A great landing is one where the aircraft is still useable.
        If it takes full power to taxi in you've landed gear up.
        The probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival. Small angle of arrival, large probability of survival, and vice versa.
        Try to make your number of landings equal your number of takeoffs.
        You start with a full bag of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.
        In skirmishes between objects made of titanium 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. Experience comes from bad judgment.
        Gravity is not just a good idea. It's the law.
        The three most useless things to a pilot are the altitude above you, the runway behind you, and a tenth of a second ago.
        And a couple contributed by Crusader pilot extraordinaire 
Andy Hill:

        As a pilot only two bad things can happen to you (and one of them will):
        a. One day you will walk out to the aircraft, knowing it is your last flight.
        b. One day you will walk out to the aircraft, not knowing it is your last flight.
        You have to make up your mind about growing up and becoming a pilot. You can't do both.

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