What Flaps are used for?

Let’s imagine the following situation, there is a group of airline pilots, standing on an airport hall, talking about different matters, then a kid appears and after saying “hello”, comes with the following question:     – can you please tell me why an airplane flies?    You will probably see the guys … Continue reading

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”

What makes a good First Officer?

–          Learn and observe from the Captains you fly with.  You will see very good traits, some marginal and some bad ones.  Pay attention to the good ones and in the future you will be a good Captain. –          Always let the Captain set the rhythm of work.  Don’t start … Continue reading

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