Short Aviation Quotes

I found some always current aviation quotes that I would like to share with you here….

• Aviate, Navigate and Communicate.

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

• When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No-one has ever collided with the sky.

• Try to learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make all of them yourself.

• When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something may be forgotten.

• If you’re faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible. – Bob Hoover

• The three most common expressions in aviation are, “Why is it doing that?”, “Where are we?” and “Oh Crap”.

• I remember when sex was safe and flying was dangerous.

• What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws up, the pilot dies.

• Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory… in other words, for every take-off, there WILL be a landing.

• One of the most important skills that a pilot must develop is the skill to ignore those things that were designed by non-pilots to get the pilot’s attention.

• It’s always better to be down on the ground wishing you were up in the air than up in the air wishing you were down on the ground.

• You begin to fly 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.

• Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, experience usually comes from bad judgment.

• Keep looking around. There’s always something you’ve missed.

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

• Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal the number of take-offs you’ve made.

• 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 them back off.

• Remember that the radio is only an electronic suggestion box for the pilot. Sometimes the only way to clear up a problem is to turn it off.

• “Unskilled” pilots are always found in the wreckage with their hand around the microphone.

• The more useless things to a pilot in aviation are: The sky above you. The runway behind you. The fuel still in the truck. Half a second ago. Approach plates in the car. The airspeed you don’t have.

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Fly it until the last piece stops moving.

• 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.

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

• Experience is the knowledge that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

• If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger, if you pull the stick back they get smaller, but if you keep pulling back, the houses get bigger again.

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

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

• If you’ve got time to spare, go by air.

• The only thing that scares me about flying is driving to the airport.

• Airspeed, altitude, or brains; you always need at least two.

• It is said that two wrongs do not make a right, but two wrights do make an airplane.

• I give that landing a 9 . . . on the Richter scale.

• Some pilots will make an emergency out of a bad magneto check. Others, upon losing a wing, will ask for a lower altitude.

• Real planes use only a single stick to fly. This is why bulldozers and helicopters¬ (in that order) ¬need two.

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

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

• 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.)

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

• Remember, you’re always a student in an airplane.

“if we professional pilots share our experiences, we are making a safer aviation”

  •   GDL 39