Pilots: People who drive airplanes for other people who can’t fly.
Fighter Pilots: Cold, steely eyed, weapons systems managers who kill bad people and break things. However, they can also be very charming and personable. The average Fighter Pilot, despite sometimes having a swaggering exterior, is very much capable of such feelings as love, affection, intimacy and caring. These feelings generally just don’t involve anyone else.
Words of Wisdom From Aviators:
- Flying is a hard way to earn an easy living.
- Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the airplane; the pessimist, the parachute.
If helicopters are so safe, how come there are no vintage helicopter fly-ins?
Death is just nature’s way of telling you to watch your airspeed.
Real planes use only a single stick to fly. This is why bulldozers and helicopters—in that order—need two.
There are only three things the copilot should ever say:
- Nice landing, Sir.
- I’ll buy the first round.
- I’ll take the fat one.
As a pilot only two bad things can happen to you and one of them will be:
- One day you will walk out to the aircraft knowing that it is your last flight.
- One day you will walk out to the aircraft not knowing that it is your last flight.
Regarding aircraft, there are Rules and there are Laws. The Rules are made by men who think that they know better how to fly your airplane than you. Laws (of Physics) were ordained by God. You can, and sometimes should, suspend the Rules, but you can never suspend the Laws.
- The rules are a good place to hide if you don’t have a better idea and the talent to execute it.
- If you deviate from a rule, it must be a flawless performance. If you fly under a bridge, for example, don’t hit the bridge.
The ideal pilot is the perfect blend of discipline and aggressiveness.
The medical profession is the natural enemy of the aviation profession.
Ever notice that the only experts who decree the age that a pilot’s career is over are people who have never flown anything?
In spite of the intensity of some experts opinions that the era of the pilot is over, I know of none who has volunteered to be a passenger in a non-piloted aircraft.
Before each flight, make sure that your bladder is empty and your fuel tanks are full.
In the Alaskan bush I’d much rather have a two-hour bladder and three hours of gas than vice versa.
He who demands everything that his aircraft can give him is a pilot. He who demands one iota more is a fool.
There are certain aircraft sounds that can only be heard at night.
The aircraft limits are only there in case there is another flight by that particular aircraft. If subsequent flights do not appear likely, there are no limits.
“If the Wright brothers were alive today, Wilbur would have to fire Orville to reduce costs.” —President, DELTA Airlines.
It’s not that all airplane pilots are good-looking. It’s just that good-looking people seem more capable of flying airplanes.
An old pilot is one who can remember when flying was dangerous and sex was safe.
Airlines have really changed. Now a flight attendant can get a pilot pregnant.
I’ve flown in both pilot seats, and I don’t understand this. Can someone tell me why the other one is always occupied by an idiot?
There are only two types of aircraft – fighters and targets.
The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline baggage.
Flying is a great way of life for men who want to feel like boys, but not for those who still are.
The other side of that coin: “Son, you’re going to have to make up your mind about growing up and becoming a pilot. You can’t do both.”