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General Use Aviation Quotes

Rule one: No matter what else happens, fly the airplane.

Truly superior pilots are those who use their superior judgment to avoid those situations where they might have to use their superior skills.

Forget all that stuff about thrust and drag, lift and gravity; an airplane flies because of money.

It's better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down here.

An airplane will probably fly a little bit over gross but it sure won't fly without fuel.

Think ahead of your airplane.

I'd rather be lucky than good.

The propeller is just a big fan in the front of the plane to keep the pilot cool. Want proof? Make it stop; then watch the pilot break out in to a sweat.

If you're ever faced with a forced landing at night, turn on the landing lights to see the landing area. If you don't like what you see, turn 'em back off.

A check ride ought to be like a skirt, short enough to be interesting but still be long enough to cover everything.

Speed is life, altitude is life insurance. No one has ever collided with the sky.

Always remember you fly an airplane with your head, not your hands.

Never let an airplane take you somewhere you brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.

Don't drop the aircraft in order to fly the microphone.

An airplane flies because of a principle discovered by Bernoulli, not Marconi.

Cessna pilots are always found in the wreckage with their hand around the microphone.

If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger, if you pull the stick back they get smaller.

Hovering is for pilots who love to fly but have no place to go.

The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.

Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man.... Landing is the first!

Every one already knows the definition of a 'good' landing is one from which you can walk away. But very few know the definition of a 'great landing.' It's one after which you can use the airplane another time.

The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival.

IFR: I Follow Roads.

You know you've landed with the wheels up when it takes full power to taxi.

I had a fighter pilot's breakfast - two aspirin, a cup of coffee and puke.

Those who hoot with the owls by night, should not fly with the eagles by day.

A smooth touchdown in a simulator is as exciting as kissing your sister.

A helicopter is a collection of rotating parts going round and round and reciprocating parts going up and down - all of them trying to become random in motion.

Helicopters can't really fly - they're just so ugly that the earth repels them.

Young man, was that a landing or were we shot down?

Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.

Pilots believe in clean living. They never drink whiskey from a dirty glass.

Things which do you no good in aviation: Altitude above you... Runway behind you... Fuel in the truck... A navigator... Half a second ago... Approach plates in the car... The airspeed you don't have...

If God meant man to fly, He'd have given him more money.

What's the difference between God and pilots? God doesn't think he's a pilot.

Flying is not dangerous; crashing is dangerous.

Flying is the perfect vocation for a man who wants to feel like a boy, but not for one who still is.

There are four ways to fly: the right way, the wrong way, the company way and the captain's way. Only one counts.

A good simulator check ride is like successful surgery on a cadaver.

Asking what a pilot thinks about the FAA is like asking a fireplug what it thinks about dogs.

Trust your captain .... but keep your seat belt securely fastened.

An airplane may disappoint a good pilot, but it won't surprise him.

Any pilot who relies on a terminal forecast can be sold the Brooklyn Bridge. If he relies on winds- aloft reports he can be sold Niagara Falls.

The friendliest stewardesses are those on the trip home.

Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.

Being an airline pilot would be great if you didn't have to go on all those trips.

Aviation is not so much a profession as it is a disease.

The nicer an airplane looks, the better it flies.

There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing: Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

It's a good landing if you can still get the doors open.

Passengers prefer old captains and young stewardesses.

The only thing worse than a captain who never flew as copilot is a copilot who once was a captain.

Be nice to your first officer, he may be your captain at your next airline.

Any pilot who does not privately consider himself the best in the game is in the wrong game.

It's best to keep the pointed end going forward as much as possible.

If God had intended man to fly he would have given him enough money for a Bonanza.

If an earthquake suddenly opened a fissure in a runway that caused an accident, the NTSB would find a way to blame it on pilot error.

Any attempt to stretch fuel is guaranteed to increase headwind.

A thunderstorm is never as bad on the inside as it appears on the outside. It's worse.

It's easy to make a small fortune in aviation. You start with a large fortune.

A male pilot is a confused soul who talks about women when he's flying and about flying when he's with a woman.

A fool and his money are soon flying more airplane than he can handle.

A thunderstorm is nature's way of saying, "Up yours."

Learning a little about flying is like leading a tiger by the tail -- the end does not justify his means.

The last thing every pilot does before leaving the aircraft after making a gear up landing is to put the gear selection lever in the 'down' position.

Remember, you're always a student in an airplane.

Keep looking around; there's always something you've missed.

Try to keep the number of your landings equal to the number of your takeoffs.

Takeoff's are optional. Landings are mandatory.

You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.

If God meant man to fly, He'd have given him more money.

A fool and his money are soon flying more airplane than he can handle. It's easy to make a small fortune in aviation. You start with a large fortune. Flying is not dangerous - crashing is dangerous. The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival. Gravity never loses! The best you can hope for is a draw!

Takeoff's are optional. Landings are mandatory.

Try to keep the number of your landings equal to the number of your takeoff.

Every one already knows the definition of a 'good' landing is one from which you can walk away. But very few know the definition of a 'great landing.' It's one after which you can use the airplane another time.

There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing: Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

You can never break the "Low Altitude" record....you can only tie it!

Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.

Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.

Always remember you fly an airplane with your head, not your hands.

Never let an airplane take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.

Remember, you're always a student in an airplane.

Keep looking around; there's always something you've missed.

There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold, pilots!

It's better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down here.

A thunderstorm is never as bad on the inside as it appears on the outside....... It's worse!

Things which do you no good in aviation: Altitude above you, Runway behind you. The airspeed you don't have. Fuel in the truck or when you're on fire. Half a second ago. Approach plates in the car.

Speed is life, altitude is life insurance. No one has ever collided with the sky.

Any attempt to stretch fuel is guaranteed to increase headwind.

The propeller is just a big fan in the front of the plane to keep the pilot cool. Want proof? Make it stop; then watch the pilot break out into a sweat.

It's best to keep the pointed end going forward as much as possible.

If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger, if you pull the stick back they get smaller. And..... you keep pulling the stick back -then they get bigger again.

You know you've landed with the wheels up when it takes full power to taxi.

Flying is the perfect vocation for a man who wants to feel like a boy, but not for one who still is.

Those who hoot with the owls by night, should not fly with the eagles by day.

A pilot is a confused soul who talks about sex when he's flying, and about flying when he's having sex!

Asking what a pilot thinks about the FAA is like asking a fireplug what it thinks about dogs.

Pilots: People who drive airplanes for other people who can't fly.

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.

As a pilot only two bad things can happen to you and one of them will be: a. One day you will walk out to the aircraft knowing that it is your last flight. b. 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.

About Rules: a. The rules are a good place to hide if you don't have a better idea and the talent to execute it. b. If you deviate from a rule, it must be a flawless performance (e.g., If you fly under a bridge, 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 pilots career is over are people who have never flown anything? Also, in spite of the intensity of their feelings that the pilot's day is over, I know of no expert 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.

He who demands everything that his aircraft can give him is a pilot; he who demands one iota more is a fool.

Flying is a great way of life for men who want to feel like boys, but not for those who still are.

"If the Wright brothers were alive today, Wilbur would have to fire Orville to reduce costs." -- President, DELTA Airlines.

In the Alaskan bush I'd rather have a two-hour bladder and three hours of gas than vice versa.

It's not that all airplane pilots are good-looking. It's just that good-looking people seem more capable of flying airplanes.

Airlines have really changed -- now a flight attendant can get a pilot pregnant.

Son, you're going to have to make up your mind about growing up and becoming a pilot. You can't do both.

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline baggage.