Zitate aus der Luftfahrt und von Piloten

Aviation Wisdom

Hier gibt es die wahrscheinlich größte Sammlung an Luftfahrt Zitaten, Sprüchen und Weisheiten, welche auf einer einzelnen Seite angesammelt wurden.

Diese Luftfahrtzitate bzw. Pilotenzitate enthalten manchmal einen tieferen Sinn. Dieser kann uns helfen bei unserem (notwendigen) Ringen uns als Luftfahrer zu verbessern. Mitunter sind sie aber auch nur amüsant. Was ist 'Dein' Zitat?


“Before you do something stupid up there, think of what everyone sitting down here will say about you after they read the accident report.” "Bevor du dort oben etwas Dummes tust, denke darüber nach, was jeder, der hier unten sitzt, über dich sagen wird, nachdem er den Unfallbericht gelesen hat."- Angus Kydd, Flight instructor


If it feels like you're going down the same old road ... you may have been searching for a runway all along.
Wenn es sich so anfühlt, als würden Sie den gleichen alten Weg einschlagen, dann haben Sie vielleicht die ganze Zeit nach einer Start- und Landebahn gesucht.


We're born to pilot our own plane and explore the world,
not sit in the airport.
Wir sind dazu geboren, unser eigenes Flugzeug zu steuern und die Welt zu erkunden,
und nicht, um am Flughafen zu sitzen.


If you don't trust the pilot, don't go. - Denzel Washington
Wenn Du dem Piloten nicht vertraust, fliege nicht mit. - Denzel Washington


You learn to know a pilot in a storm.
Man lernt den Piloten im Sturm kennen.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca


As a pilot, I can tell you drones may be a lot of things; airplanes they are not.
Als Pilot kann ich dir sagen, dass Drohnen vieles sein können, Flugzeuge sind sie nicht.
- Robin Hayes


The human brain is truly amazing. It functions 24 hours a day from the moment we are born and only stops when we have to figure out how to enter the hold.


Someday we will know, where the pilots go When their work on earth is through. Where the air is clean, and the engines gleam, And the skies are always blue. They have flown alone, with the engine's moan, As they sweat the great beyond, And they take delight, at the awesome sight of the world spread far and yon. Yet not alone, for above the moan, when the earth is out of sight, As they make their stand, He takes their hand, and guides them through the night. How near to God are these men of sod, Who step near death's last door? Oh, these men are real, not made of steel, But He knows who goes before, And how they live, and love and are beloved, But their love is most for air. And with death about, they will still fly out, And leave their troubles there. He knows these things, of men with wings, And He knows they are surely true. And He will give a hand, to such a man 'Cause He's a pilot too.


If it's not right
It is better to explain why you did it.
Than for other to find out why you didn't.


Impressions of a pilot
Flight is freedom in its purest form,
To dance with the clouds which follow a storm;
To roll and glide, to wheel and spin,
To feel the joy that swells within;
To leave the earth with its troubles and fly,
And know the warmth of a clear spring sky;
Then back to earth at the end of a day,
Released from the tensions which melted away.
Should my end come while I am in flight,
Whether brightest day or darkest night;
Spare me your pity and shrug off the pain,
Secure in the knowledge that I'd do it again;
For each of us is created to die,
And within me I know,
I was born to fly.
- Gary Claud Stokor


"We don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training." - Archilochus


Good decision making is about avoiding the circumstances that lead to really tough choices. - AOPA Air Safety Institute


Training is like fighting a gorilla. You don’t stop fighting when you are tired; you stop when the gorilla is tired.


Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing! - Raymond Reddington


"That was some of the best flying I've seen to date - right up to the part where you got killed" - Lieutenant Commander Rick "Jester " Heatherly to Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell at the Fighter Pilot Weapon School (known as TOP GUN)


"It's not what I am, it's who I am." - Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell about being a naval aviatior


"It's not the plane, it's the pilot" - Maverick


“The lure of flying is the lure of beauty.” - Amelia Earhart.


“Fighter pilots have ice in their veins. They don’t have emotions. They think, anticipate. They know that fear and other concerns cloud your mind from what’s going on and what you should be involved in.” - Buzz Aldrin.


“I think it is a pity to lose the romantic side of flying and simply to accept it as a common means of transport.” - Amy Johnson.


“One of the beautiful things about a single-piloted aircraft is the quality of the social experience.” - Richard Drury.


“An airplane stands for freedom, for joy, for the power to understand, and to demonstrate that understanding.” - Richard Bach.


"You've never lived till you've flown.” - Bessie Coleman


"If you want to fly a high-tech aircraft that is run by computers, there is a resonsibility to understand the underlying systems if you want to use it. Because when those systems fail, and they do fail, it's up to the pilot now to recovery an aircraft that is very complex." - Captain Richard Champion de Crespigny, Captain of Qantas Flight 32, an Airbus 380 that suffered massive damage when one engine exploded and this severed many connections.


"There is a kind of principle of the sky, a spirit of flight that calls to certain among mankind as the wilderness calls to some, and the sea to others." Richard Bach


"Command and control ignores as well as stifles the implicit nature of human beings to deal with uncertainty, change and stress." - John R. Boyd, Colonel USAF, Fighter Pilot, Strategist


"He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying." — Friedrich Nietzsche


“The good thing about flying solo is its never boring.” — Steve Fossett


“It’s congenital really. We're an aspiring species that doesn’t have wings. What else would we dream of?" — interview with pilot and aviation author, Mark Vanhoenacker


"There are two critical points in aerial flight—its beginning and its end." - Alexander Graham Bell


"All the calculations show it can’t work. There’s only one thing to do: make it work." -Attributed to Pierre Georges Latécoère, early French aviation entrepreneur.


Commander Fitzhugh Green was driving Lindbergh back to New York after the Washington home-coming reception.
'Slim,' he said, 'what are you going to do after the noise dies down?'
'But I mean—say five years from now?'
'Well, don't you intend to get married?'
'Oh, I suppose that might happen to anyone.'
'After you're married what will you do?'


"Built into the human psyche, we have this … desire for liberty. I think with many people the airplane becomes the metaphor for liberation, for the ultimate sense of freedom." - Rod Machado, interview in the documentary The Disciples of Flight, 2019.


"What I like best about flying is the freedom it affords to navigate an ocean of air and see the earth from a wider perspective. I never tire of the beauty of the earth by day or the sky by night." - Chesley 'Sully' Sullenbeger


"To put your life in danger from time to time… breeds a saneness in dealing with day-to-day trivialities." - Nevil Shute


"Life doesn't get complicated until you land." - Patty Wagstaff


"To a professional pilot ‘up there’ can eventually become ‘up here’, and the world where he lands is episodic, fragmentary. It happens to some earlier than others. Then, perhaps, he does something damnfool in the half-real world down below and he finds that being able to fly doesn’t make him one of the gods.
It isn’t new. It’s been happening to birds ever since cats."
- Gavin Lyall


"You never lose the buzz of flying. Every time you take off, it feels a bit naughty, as if you’re doing something humans shouldn’t really do." - Matt Jones


"Flying is like having a new lover. It’s so exciting." - Carol Vorderman


"Flight is the only truly new sensation than men have achieved in modern history." - James Dickey


"I proselytize about coordinated turns or utilizing adverse aileron yaw in crosswind landings. You know, stick-and-rudder skills, not swipe-right aeronautical distraction making." - Paul Berge


"I once became so pathetically lost over Tennessee that I landed to ask directions, only to discover I was in Kentucky." - Paul Berge


"Being a good pilot is having the self awareness to realise you have done some shit, recognising it and being honest about it with yourself and others. Then setting an example that less experienced pilots can follow." Simon Wilson


"Flying a plane is no different than riding a bicycle, just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes." - Rex Kramer


"And into the sky I go - to loose my mind and find my soul"


I hate to wake up and find my co-pilot asleep. - MICHAEL TREACY, attributed, Frequent Flyer Humor and One-Upmanship


"Life is simple. Eat, sleep, fly." anonymous


Once the 777 became part of my career, I had to accept the notion that hand-flying really wasn't. I was just the catalyst that moved the control wheel, sending electronic signals to the appropriate flight control computers. Regardless, it hasn't stopped me from disconnecting the autopilot. The act of flying is still part of my DNA. Some might consider me more of a systems manager at this point, but at the end of the day I'm still a pilot. LES ABEND, "Jumpseat: A Reminder of Why I Chose My Career", Flying Magazine, March 4, 2016


"Any flying' job's better'n any non-flying' job." - Lloyd Baker, pilot instructor


„Sorgen machen muss man sich beim Fliegen nur am Boden. In der Luft ist es dafür zu spät.“ - Denzel Washington


"There are old pilots and there are bold pilots. The trick in becoming an old pilot is knowing exactly when to be, and when not to be bold"- Dudley Henriques


"The man who flies an airplane ... must believe in the unseen" Richard Bach


"Here’s the thing. Here’s the thing. I know being a cop is hard. I know that shit’s dangerous. I know it is, okay? But some jobs can’t have bad apples. Some jobs, everybody gotta be good. Like … pilots. Ya know, American Airlines can’t be like, “Most of our pilots like to land. We just got a few bad apples that like to crash into mountains. Please bear with us.” Chris Rock


"Don't be a show-off. Never be too proud to turn back. There are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old, bold pilots." - unknown


"Everyone has oceans to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?" - Amelia Earhart


“There's only one job in this world that gives you an office in the sky; and that is pilot.” ? Mohith Agadi


“He remembered a pilot telling him once, 'They pay us a hundred thousand dollars or more a year, Brian, and they really do it for just one reason. They know that in almost every pilot's career, there are thirty or forty seconds when he might actually make a difference. They pay us not to freeze when those seconds finally come.” ? Stephen King, One Past Midnight: The Langoliers


“When you’re in a high performance airplane, you really have to—despite what might be happening in your personal life or things with your job, or things on the ground—you really have to focus on what you’re doing right now.” — Scott Kelly, Commander of the International Space Station


“In soloing – as in other activities – it is far easier to start something than it is to finish it.” – Amelia Earhart


“Because I Fly, I envy no man on earth.” – Last lines of the poem “Because I Fly” by Grover C. Norwood, USAF (Retired)


“… all attempts at artificial aviation on the basis he describes are not only dangerous to human life, but foredoomed to failure from the engineering standpoint.” – London Times Engineering Editor’s response to a letter describing powered flight over London, 24 January 1906


"Habits are safer than rules; you don't have to watch them. And you don't have to keep them either. They keep you." — Frank Crane


"There I was, fog was so thick I couldn't see the instruments. Only way I knew I was inverted was my flying medals were in my eyes. But I knew I was really in trouble when the tower called me and told me to climb and maintain field elevation." — Anonymous


"The important thing in aeroplanes is that they shall be speedy." — Baron Manfred Von Richthofen


"Instrument flying is an unnatural act probably punishable by God." — Gordon Baxter


"Airplanes are near perfect, all they lack is the ability to forgive." -- Dick Collins, Author


"You won't spend much more than 10% of your time flying IMC but flying IFR is about flying with precision at all times." -- J. Mac McClellan, Writer, Flying


"Man must fly above the earth to the top of the atmosphere and beyond. For only then he will fully understand the world in which he lives." Socrates


"In life you are either a passenger or a pilot, it's your choise." - unkown


"If you have flown, perhaps you can understand the love a pilot develops for flight. It is much the same emotion a man feels for a woman, or a wife for her husband." - Louise Thaden


"The most effective way to do it, is to do it." - Amelia Earhart


"The air is the only place free from prejudice." - Bessie Coleman


"When a test pilot comes off a flight, there is typically another pilot who is going to take it up, and he believes in the debriefing. You don't keep something to yourself." - Walter Marty „Wally“ Schirra Jr., US-Testpilot und Astronaut


"Each test pilot I know considers him, or herself, to be the very best. It's very demeaning to step down the ladder once in a while."" - - Walter Marty „Wally“ Schirra Jr., US-Testpilot und Astronaut


"One of my great joys in life is being a pilot. There is a great sense of freedom in soaring through the sky. You get a different perspective up there. Seeing things that aren't so apparent from the ground." - Sonny Perdue


"I am afraid of aeroplanes. I've been able to avoid flying for some time, but I suppose, if I had to, I would. Perhaps it's a case of a little knowledge being a dangerous thing. At one time, I had a pilot's licence and 160 hours of solo time on single-engine light aircraft. Unfortunately, all that seemed to do was make me mistrust large aeroplanes." - Stanley Kubrick


"When I started at the Air Force Academy, I found out that I couldn't be a fighter pilot simply because I had ovaries. That was enough to make me go for it." - Martha McSally


"When I get on a plane, I don't want a laid-back pilot. I want a pilot who is a control freak, who is paying attention to every single detail of his job." - Michael Ovitz


“I have seldom met an airplane I didn’t like.” - Clay Lacy


“Prior to flying a strange airplane, I would visualize how it should fly and it always did exactly what I expected. I’ve never had a surprise.” - Clay Lacy


“I learned a lot from hangar flying.” - Clay Lacy


'In flying I have learned that carelessness and overconfidence are usually far more dangerous than deliberately accepted risks." - Wilbur Wright


"Flying an airplane is a challenge. It tests your limits. You learn more about yourself being a pilot than anything else." - Michael Goulian


"A true aviator really sees aviation as a whole, constantly improving but while still being humble, and realizing that you can never know everything there is to know." - Patty Wagstaff


I want to buy an airplane, but my wife Cess - Nah!


Because soccer, baseball, football, basketball, golf and tennis only require one Ball!!


"The focus and the concentration and the attention to detail that flying takes is a kind of meditation. I find it restful and engaging, and other things slip away." - Harrison Ford


"Being a 'good stick' is not enough. Good pilots are thinking their way through the air as well as simply moving controls. What comes next in flight is absolutely as important as what is happening right now." - Jack J. Pelton


" Houston, we've had a problem here." Jim Lovell, Astronaut, Commander Apollo 13


Terrestrische Navigation ist die Kunst, Dinge wieder zu erkennen, die man nie zuvor gesehen hat.


"Learning to fly an airplane taught me a way of thinking, an approach to problem-solving that was applicable and effective. Pilots are very methodical and meticulous, and artists tend not to be." - Chris Carter


Do not spin this aircraft. If the aircraft does enter a spin it will return to earth without further attention on the part of the aeronaut.


Nine-tenths confidence and one-tenth common sense equals successful aviator.


I’ve owned 41 airplanes. A few of them would talk with me. This little seaplane, though, we’ve had long conversations in flight. There’s a spirit in anything, I think, into which we weave our soul. Not many pilots talk about it, but they think about it in the quiet dark of a night flight.


We want the air to unite the peoples, and not to divide them. — Lord Swinton


From the air, the distinctions between residential, commercial, and industrial areas are easily understand while town, county, and state boundaries go unseen. — Oliver Gillham, 'The Limitless City,' 2001.


We humans are basically content with a two-dimensional world, which is what we’ve always occupied. We travel mostly on the ground, have traffic jams, parking problems , and we’d do a lot better to look up a little bit because there is that great aerial highway that’s always ready to go, you don’t have to pave it and the benefits are very great. — Paul MacCready, 'The Pioneers of Flight' episode, Discover Magazine TV show, 2000.


I've never known an industry that can get into people's blood the way aviation does. — Robert Six, founder of Continental Airlines.


Even before [we] . . . had reached 300 feet, I recognized that the sky would be my home. I tumbled out of the airplane with stars in my eyes. — Geraldyn Cobb, regards her first flight, piloted by her father when she was 12 years old.


I take the paraglider to the mountain or I roll Daisy out of her hangar and I pick the prettiest part of the sky and I melt into the wing and then into the air, till I'm just soul on a sunbeam. — Richard Bach, 'Running From Safety: An Adventure of the Spirit,' 1994. Daisy is Richard's Cessna 337


Everyone asks me 'how it feels to fly.' It feels like riding in a high powered automobile, minus bumping over the rough roads, continually signaling to clear the way and keeping a watchful on the speedometer to see that you do not exceed the speed limit and provoke the wrath of the bicycle policeman or the covetous constable. — Harriet Quimby.


I have lifted my plane . . . for perhaps a thousand flights and I have never felt her wheels glide from the Earth into the air without knowing the uncertainty and the exhilaration of first-born adventure. — Beryl Markham


If you are a woman, and are coming to the flying field seeking stimulation, excitement and flattery, you had better stay away until flying is a little bit safer. If you are thinking that flying will develop character; will teach you to be orderly, well-balanced; will give you an increasingly wider outlook; discipline you, and destroy vanity and pride; enable you to control yourself more and more under all conditions; to think less of yourself and your personal problems, and more of sublimity and everlasting peace that dwell serene in the heavens - if you seek these latter qualities, and think on them exclusively, why - FLY! — Margery Brown,Flying magazine, 1929.


I live for that exhilarating moment when I'm in an airplane rushing down the runway and pull on the stick and feel lift under its wings. It's a magical feeling to climb toward the heavens, seeing objects and people on the ground grow smaller and more insignificant. You have left that world beneath you. You are inside the sky. — Gordon 'Gordo' Cooper, Leap of Faith, 2000.


Whether we call it sacrifice, or poetry, or adventure, it is always the same voice that calls. — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Flying is a lot like playing a musical instrument; you're doing so many things and thinking of so many other things, all at the same time. It becomes a spiritual experience. Something wonderful happens in the pit of your stomach. — Dusty McTavish


"Just try and remember," I said slowly," that if God had intended men to fly He'd have given us wings. So all flying is flying in the face of nature. It's unnatural, wicked and stuffed with risks all the time. The secret to flying is learning to minimize the risks."
"Or perhaps — the secret of life is to choose your risks?" — Gavin Lyall, 'Shooting Script,' 1966.


Flying is like sex - I've never had all I wanted but occasionally I've had all I could stand. — Stephen Coonts, 'The Cannibal Queen'


I had that morning gone to say my farewells to Broadhurst and to the RAF. I had made a point of going to HQ at Schleswig in my 'Grand Charles.' Coming back I had taken him high up in the cloudless summer sky, for it was only there that I could fittingly take my leave. Together we climbed for the last time straight towards the sun. We looped once, perhaps twice, we lovingly did a few slow, meticulous rolls, so that I could take away in my finger-tips the vibration of his supple, docile wings. And in that narrow cockpit I wept, as I shall never weep again, when I felt the concrete brush against his wheels and, with a great sweep of the wrist, dropped him on the ground like a cut flower. As always, I carefully cleared the engine, turned off all the switches one by one, removed the straps, the wires and the tubes which tied me to him, like a child to his mother. And when my waiting pilots and my mechanics saw my downcast eyes and my shaking shoulders, they understood and returned to the dispersal in silence. — Pierre Clostermann, 'The Big Show (Fortunes of War)' 1951.


How do you like your coffee, Captain - cream & sugar?'
We are at 30 west, the half-way point between the European & North American continents, & the stewardess in charge of the forward galley is looking after her aircrew during a pause in serving the passengers' meals.
Mach 2. On autopilot, eleven miles high, moving at 23 miles a minute. Nearly twice as high as Mount Everest, faster than a rifle bullet leaving its barrel. The side windows are hot to the touch, from friction of the passing air. Despite the speed we can talk without raising our voices.
"Milk, please, & no sugar".
— Brian Calvert, the opening paragraphs of Flying Concorde, 1982.


Aviation is a Love Story that can Only Be lived through the Eyes of an Aviator.


"Father, we thank you, especially for letting me fly this flight — for the privilege of being able to be in this position, to be in this wondrous place, seeing all these many startling, wonderful things that you have created." — Leroy Gordon "Gordo" Cooper Jr. prayer while orbiting the earth, Gordo was an Astronaut, Col, Aerospace engineer, test pilot, USAF pilot


Flight is romance - not in the sense of sexual attraction, but as an experience that enriches life. — Stephen Coonts


"Emergency landings are done to save lives, not airplanes." - unkown


"Any pilot can describe the mechanics of flying. What it can do for the spirit of man is beyond description." - Barry Goldwater


"When I testified before Congress after the Hudson River landing, Congressman James Oberstar of Minnesota said, 'Safety begins in the boardroom.' That's as true in medicine as it is in aviation. It always boils down to leadership. " - Chesley Sully Sullenberger


"There's simply no substitute for experience in terms of aviation safety." - Chesley Sully Sullenberger


"No wise pilot, no matter how great his talent and experience, fails to use his checklist." - Charlie Munger


If you fail...I will always be there! -The Floor


Over-shooting your goal can be a good thing
Unless the goal was a runway,
and you're a pilot - Bob Moner


"But you remember one thing. You screw up just this much, you’ll be flying a cargo plane full of rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong." - CDR Tom "Stinger" Jordan aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) to Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell and Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Nick "Goose" Bradshaw


Any girl who has flown at all grows used to the prejudice of most men pilots who will trot out any number of reasons why women can't possibly be good pilots… . The only way to show the disbelievers, the snickering hangar pilots, is to show them. Cornelia Fort, WAFS


Never trust a fuel gauge.


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


Man kann in der Luftfahrt ein kleines Vermögen machen. Wenn man mit einem großen Vermögen startet.


If you don't gear up your brain before takeoff, you'll probably gear up your airplane on landing.


“Above all, the risk assessment is a tool to enhance safety. If it doesn’t accurately reflect the mission, it’s not working. (Vor allem ist die Risikobewertung ein Werkzeug zur Erhöhung der Sicherheit. Wenn es die Mission nicht genau wiedergibt, funktioniert es nicht.)" - Maj Curtis Alexander


"Aviation is the branch of engineering that is least forgiving of mistakes" - Freeman Dyson


Here's to the men with greasy hands
Who fuel our planes when the pilot lands.
Who change the tires and oil the squeaks,
Fix the flak damage and stop the leaks.

Tend to the controls to make them fly straight,
Wait for the planes when the pilots are late.
Who smooth the scratches and rivet the panels,
Check "Loud and clear" on the radio channels.

Who read the write-ups and make the repairs,
Check the lines and wires for chafing and tears.
Who pull the chocks and walk the wings,
And do a million maint'nance things.

Who watch as the bird takes off and flies.
So here's a salute to those hard-working guys
From a group of flyers who seldom ponder
The men who keep us in the wild blue yonder.


God Created
Aircraft Mechanics
so that pilots
can have heros too.


"Schaut zu den Sternen und nicht auf eure Füße" Stephen Hawking


“We need to try to do the right thing every time, to perform at our best, because we never know which moment in our lives we’ll be judged on.” - Chesley B. Sullenberger


"Flying is a great equalizer. The plane doesn't know or care about your gender as a pilot, nor do the ground troops who need your support. You just have to perform. That's all anyone cares about when you're up there - that you can do your job, and that you do it exceptionally well." Lt. Col. Christine Mau 33rd Fighter Wing Operations Group deputy commander, and first female to fly the F-35


"I'm an Air Force officer first, a pilot second and then Nicole. The female part is last… My job is to be the best right wingman that I can be." Captain Nicole Malachowski, first female pilot to be selected for the USAF Thunderbirds


I’m not a paranoid deranged millionaire. Goddamit, I’m a billionaire! -Howard Hughes


For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. The disease has increased in severity and I feel it will soon cost me an increased amount of money, if not my life. — Wilbur Wright


A pilot who says he has never been frightened in an airplane is, I’m afraid, lying. — Louise Thaden


The best safety device is the pilot, who, deep down, regardless of the aircraft, retains a sense of fallibility and vulnerability. No system can ever substitute for that. — Arnold Reiner, retired airline captain and a former director of flight safety at Pan Am, end of Pilots on Autopilot op-ed, the New York Times, 16 December 2009


Get rid at the outset of the idea that the airplane is only an air-going sort of automobile. It isn’t. It may sound like one and smell like one, and it may have been interior decorated to look like one; but the difference is—it goes on wings. — Wolfgang Langewiesche, first words of Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying, 1944


Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. — Franklin P. Jones


Prepare for the unknown, unexpected and inconceivable … after 50 years of flying I’m still learning every time I fly. — Gene Cernan (last man on the moon)


You’ve got to expect things are going to go wrong. And we always need to prepare ourselves for handling the unexpected. — Neil Armstrong, 2005


Better to hit the far fence at 10 knots than the close fence at VRef. — Captain Rick Davies, Chief Pilot, Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Queensland Section), advice given to new captains


Captain: Got any ideas? F/O: Actually not. Captain Chesley B ‘Sully’ Sullenberger III and F/O Jeff Skiles, flying an unpowered Airbus A320 over New York after suffering a bird strike that disabled both engines. They glided perfectly into the Hudson river with no loss of life. US Airways flight 1549, 15 January 2009.


Great pilots are made not born. . . . A man may possess good eyesight, sensitive hands, and perfect coordination, but the end result is only fashioned by steady coaching, much practice, and experience. -- Air Vice-Marshal J. E. ‘Johnnie’ Johnson, RAF.


It’s when things are going just right that you’d better be suspicious. There you are, fat as can be. The whole world is yours and you’re the answer to the Wright brothers’ prayers. You say to yourself, nothing can go wrong ... all my trespasses are forgiven. Best you not believe it. -- Ernest K. Gann, describing advice from ‘a very old pelican of an aviator,’ ‘The Black Watch,’ 1989.


Nobody who gets too damned relaxed builds up much flying time. -- Ernest K. Gann, describing advice from ‘a very old pelican of an aviator,’ ‘The Black Watch,’ 1989.


The airman must possess absolutely untroubled nerves. -- Fancis Collins


I don’t want monitors here. I want pilots. . . . Our whole philosophy is that the pilot is in charge of the airplane. We’re very anti automation here at this airline. -- Greg Crum, System Chief Pilot Southwest Airlines, 1996


There are two kinds of airplanes—those you fly and those that fly you . . . You must have a distinct understanding at the very start as to who is the boss. -- Ernest K. Gann


Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. -- Publius Syrus


The pilot who teaches himself has a fool for a student. -- Robert Livingston, ‘Flying The Aeronca.’


Accuracy means something to me. It’s vital to my sense of values. I’ve learned not to trust people who are inaccurate. Every aviator knows that if mechanics are inaccurate, aircraft crash. If pilots are inaccurate, they get lost—sometimes killed. In my profession life itself depends on accuracy. — Charles A. Lindbergh, ‘The Spirit of St. Louis,’ 1953


In der Luftfahrt gilt: Lieber 5 Minuten feige als ein Leben lang tot.


You can always tell when a man has lost his soul to flying. The poor bastard is hopelessly committed to stopping whatever he is doing long enough to look up and make sure the aircraft purring overhead continues on course and does not suddenly fall out of the sky. It is also his bound duty to watch every aircraft within view take off and land. — Ernest K Gann


"Helicopters don't fly, they vibrate so badly the ground rejects them." - Tom Clancy


The three rules to apply to your flying for greater safety (Mario’s Rules):

  • Never assume you know it all, there is always more to learn and in fact, situations continually change so more study is essential.
  • Always rely on standard operating procedures and a checklist. This is especially helpful when the fertilizer hits the fan.
  • Always maintain a sense of wonder at what we accomplish daily as aviators when we defy gravity. A little fear is a good thing.
- by Mario Tomei, flew 125 combat missions over Vietnam


'Let's face it, people come to air shows to see blood and guts ... Some pilots are exceeding their limits.' - Kermit Weeks


"The flight is the reason, the destination is only an excuse!"


Newton's Law states that what goes up, must come down. Our Company Commander's Law states that what goes up and comes down had damn well better be able to go back up again. Sign in the Operations Office of the 187th, Tay Ninh, Viet Nam


Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives. — Socrates


Sometimes, flying feels too godlike to be attained by man. Sometimes, the world from above seems too beautiful, too wonderful, too distant for human eyes to see . . . — Charles A. Lindbergh, The Spirit of St. Louis, 1953.


There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy while being carried through the air on great white wings. — Wilbur Wright, 1905


The exhilaration of flying is too keen, the pleasure too great, for it to be neglected as a sport. — Orville Wright


Never stop being a kid. Never stop feeling and seeing and being excited with great things like air and engines and sounds of sunlight within you. Wear your little mask if you must to protect you from the world but if you let that kid disappear you are grown up and you are dead. — Richard Bach, 'Nothing by Chance,' 1963.


Even before [we] . . . had reached 300 feet, I recognized that the sky would be my home. I tumbled out of the airplane with stars in my eyes. — Geraldyn Cobb, regards her first flight, piloted by her father when she was 12 years old.


There is no excuse for an airplane unless it will fly fast! — Roscoe Turner


Flying makes me feel like a sex maniac in a whorehouse with a stack of $20 bills. — Pancho Barnes


I'll run my hand gently over the wing of a small airplane and say to him, "This plane can teach you more things and give you more gifts than I ever could. It won't get you a better job, a faster car, or a bigger house. But if you treat it with respect and keep your eyes open, it may remind you of some things you used to know — that life is in the moment, joy matters more than money, the world is a beautiful place, and that dreams really, truly are possible." And then, because airplanes speak in a language beyond words, I'll take him up in the evening summer sky and let the airplane show him what I mean. — Lane Wallace, 'Eyes of a Child,' Flying magazine, February 2000.


I was sold on flying as soon as I had a taste for it. — John Glenn


Pilots are a rare kind of human. They leave the ordinary surface of the word, to purify their soul in the sky, and they come down to earth, only after receiving the communion of the infinite. — José Maria Velasco Ibarra, President of Ecuador.


I live for that exhilarating moment when I'm in an airplane rushing down the runway and pull on the stick and feel lift under its wings. It's a magical feeling to climb toward the heavens, seeing objects and people on the ground grow smaller and more insignificant. You have left that world beneath you. You are inside the sky. — Gordon 'Gordo' Cooper, Leap of Faith, 2000.


The cockpit was my office. It was a place where I experienced many emotions and learned many lessons. It was a place of work, but also a keeper of dreams. It was a place of deadly serious encounters, yet there I discovered much about life. I learned about joy and sorrow, pride and humility, fear and overcoming fear. I saw much from that office that most people would never see. At times it terrified me, yet I could always feel at home there. It was my place, at that time in space, and the jet was mine for those moments. Though it was a place where I could quickly die, the cockpit was a place where I truly lived. — Brian Shul, 'Sled Driver; Flying The World's Fastest Jet,' 1992.


Before I went to the Mess I made the excuse I wanted to get something out of my aeroplane, and climbed into the cockpit; I did this, however, to be able to say good-bye to the old dear; and I really felt dreadfully sorry to part with her. I get very attached to aeroplanes, and I am one of those people who think that they aren't so inanimate as we are told they are. — Charles Rumney Samson, 'A Flight from Cairo to Cape Town and Back,' 1931


All my life, I've never been able to get enough airplanes. This will keep me flying every day. — Astronaut Robert 'Hoot' Gibson, commander of four Space Shuttle missions, on his taking a job as a Southwest Airlines B-737 first officer, 1996.


Pilots track their lives by the number of hours in the air, as if any other kind of time isn't worth noting. — Michael Parfit, 'The Corn was Two Feet Below the Wheels,' Smithsonian Magazine, May 2000.


"I don't think I possess any skill that anyone else doesn't have. I've just had perhaps more of an opportunity, more of an exposure, and been fortunate to survive a lot of situations that many other weren't so lucky to make it. It's not how close can you get to the ground, but how precise can you fly the airplane. If you feel so careless with your life that you want to be the world's lowest flying aviator you might do it for a while. But there are a great many former friends of mine who are no longer with us simply because they cut their margins to close." - Bob Hoover


Science, freedom, beauty, adventure: what more could you ask of life? Aviation combined all the elements I loved. There was science in each curve of an airfoil, in each angle between strut and wire, in the gap of a spark plug or the color of the exhaust flame. There was freedom in the unlimited horizon, on the open fields where one landed. A pilot was surrounded by beauty of earth and sky. He brushed treetops with the birds, leapt valleys and rivers, explored the cloud canyons he had gazed at as a child. Adventure lay in each puff of wind. I began to feel that I lived on a higher plane than the skeptics of the ground; one that was richer because of its very association with the element of danger they dreaded, because it was freer of the earth to which they were bound. In flying, I tasted a wine of the gods of which they could know nothing. Who valued life more highly, the aviators who spent it on the art they loved, or these misers who doled it out like pennies through their antlike days? I decided that if I could fly for ten years before I was killed in a crash, it would be a worthwhile trade for an ordinary life time. Charles A. Lindbergh


I might have been born in a hovel but I am determined to travel with the wind and the stars. Jacqueline Cochran


"Pilots learn to use human skills to communicate information and make decisions collectively, which creates a shared sense of responsibility among the team for better outcomes." - Chesley Sullenberger


'When a prang seems inevitable, endeavour to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity, as slowly and gently as possible.' - advice given to RAF pilots during W.W.II.


'I hope you either take up parachute jumping or stay out of single motored airplanes at night.' - Charles A. Lindbergh, to Wiley Post, 1931


'Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee.' - William Kershner


'Don't be afraid to ask a dumb question - it is easier to correct than a dumb mistake'


"The LEAST experienced press on where the MORE experienced turn back to join the MOST experienced - who never left the ground in the first place." - unknown


"I learned the discipline of flying in order to have the freedom of flight…Discipline prevents crashes." - Captain John Cook, British Airways, Concorde Pilot


"Nothing said I had to crash" - RA Bob Hoover


"Tim Plunkett, a retired Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Professor who flew for the Air Force and Delta Air Lines and remains an active test pilot, has built three WWI-era planes: a German Fokker D7, Dr1 Triplane and a British Sopwith Camel. He says the planes are "unstable, uncoordinated, unbalanced, tail heavy, high drag, slow turning ... hard to land and unpredictable. And about the most fun you can have as a pilot."


"Mistakes are inevitable in aviation, especially when one is still learning new things. The trick is to not make the mistake that will kill you."


"The airplane is just a bunch of sticks and wires and cloth, a tool for learning about the sky and about what kind of person I am, when I fly. An airplane stands for freedom, for joy, for the power to understand, and to demonstrate that understanding." ~Richard Bach, Nothing by Chance


"If you find yourself in trouble (in a cloud, for example), take a sip of coffee. There's no situation you can't make worse by being too hasty."


You never hear about the guy who went around.


In aviation, a little paranoia is healthy.


"If an airplane is still in one piece, don't cheat on it. Ride the bastard down." - Ernest K. Gann, advice from the "Old Pelican"


'It occurred to me that if I did not handle that the crash correctly, there would be no survivors.' - Richard Leakey, after engine failure in a single engine, Nairobi, Africa, 1993


Stay out of clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps talking about might be another airplane going in the opposite direction. Reliable sources also report that mountains have been known to hide out in clouds.


"Keep the aeroplane in such an attitude that the air pressure is directly in the pilot's face." - Horatio C. Barber, 1916


"The emergencies you train for almost never happen. It's the one you can't train for that kills you." - Ernest K. Gann, advice from the "Old Pelican"


"If you want to grow old as a pilot you've got to know when to push it, and when to back off." - Chuck Yeager


"You know, 30 seconds on the runway and then all your worldly problems are below you. You look down at them—there’s earthlings down there arguing and fighting. Sometimes, you have to come back to Mother Earth and face the wrath of the compliance and regulatory people. Once you shut the door and leave the ground, what really matters, eh?" - "Buffalo" Joe McBryan, Boss of Buffalo Airways


“Man is not as good as a black box for certain specific things; however he is more flexible and reliable. He is easily maintained and is easily manufactured by relatively unskilled labor.” —Wing Commander H.P. Ruffell Smith, RAF, 1949


“...no pilot ever looked back on his life and said, ‘I wish I hadn’t flown so much’... ” - unkown


(privat) flying comes at a price, but life is for living...


"My instructor always told me to never ASSUME. It makes an ASS of U and ME" - anonym


‘If there is a crisis in flight planning, then it’s GPS that’s the culprit,’ a chief flying instructor (CFI) with a university-linked flying training organisation says


“There is no such thing as a gliding helicopter. This is why being a helicopter pilot is so different from being an airplane pilot, and why, in general, airplane pilots are open, clear-eyed, buoyant extroverts, and helicopter pilots are brooders, introspective anticipators of trouble. They know if something bad has not happened, it is about to.” – Harry Reasoner


Je höher wir uns erheben, um so kleiner erscheinen wir denen, welche nicht fliegen können. - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


"There isn't a flight goes by when I don't stare out and thank my lucky stars for what I'm seeing and feeling." - Richard Branson


"My soul is in the sky." - William Shakespeare


"Pilots don't fly for obligation, they fly for passion." - Pedro Neto


"Aviation is proof, that given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible." - Eddie Rickenbacker


"The good pilot is not the one who can fly through a storm but the one who can avoid it".


Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? Jean-Luc Picard, Captain U.S.S. Enterprise D


Today we crossed Nebraska in 7 minutes. I think that's the best way to cross Nebraska. SR-71 pilot's logbook


Flying is the second-greatest thrill on earth. Landing is the first.


1/3 of the Earth is covered by land. 2/3 is covered by water. All of it is covered by air. Isn't it time you learned to fly? Cessna magazine ad in Popular Science


Helicopter: 10,000 spare parts flying in close formation.


Airplane: a mechanical device that enables an otherwise sensible person to travel up into the air and down into debt.


If you can't leave your worries at home, stay there with them.


You're not a real pilot until you've taken a bus home.


Before attempting to beat the odds, be sure you can can survive the odds beating you.


When cutting corners becomes routine, and routine violations become the norm, then they may not be seen as violations at all to a newcomer who perceives, „That’s the way it’s always been done around here.“
The practice becomes the rule, rather than the exception to the rule. Over time, the correct rule is lost. With so much learning-by-doing and learning-by-observing conducted in aviation to train new pilots, routinely cutting corners is a setup for future calamity. - freely adapted from Dr. Robert Figlock Ph.D
Wenn Abstriche bei Verfahren zur Routine werden und solche Abstriche zur Norm werden, werden sie für einen Neuankömmling möglicherweise nicht als Verletzung angesehen. Der Neuankömmlig lernt es ja nur so kennen wie es eben hier schon immer gemacht wurde.
Die Praxis wird zur Regel und nicht zur Ausnahme von der Regel. Im Laufe der Zeit geht die korrekte Regel verloren. Da in der Luftfahrt so viel per Learning-by-doing und Learning-by-Observing gelebt wird bei der Ausbildung neuer Piloten, sind diese routinemäßigen Abstriche ein Setup für zukünftige Katastrophen. - frei übersetzt von Dr. Robert Figlock Ph.D


"If you wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down." Toni Morrison


When asked why he was referred to as ‘Ace’: "Because during World War Two I was responsible for the destruction of six aircraft, fortunately three were enemy." — Captain Ray Lancaster, USAAF


"Experience is a jewel, and it has need to be, for it often bought at the ultimate price!" - Shakespeare


"Pilots exercising GOOD AIRMANSHIP never sit there ‘doing nothing’, they always think 15 to 20 miles ahead." - CAA: Safety Sense Leaflet 01 - Good Airmanship Guide


"Asking someone why they love to fly is almost like asking someone why they like Picasso. The beauty is the fact that you can't really describe it; it's something you have to behold." - Barry Schiff, aviation safety expert / pilot


"At the end of the day it does not matter who was highest or who flew the furthest. What matters is that you go home having had a great flight, with a big smile on your face and a head full of beautiful views and a fantastic feeling inside, because that is what our flying is all about." (Rob Whittall)


"Wer am höchsten fliegt, sieht am weitesten" - RICHARD BACH in DIE MÖWE JONATHAN


"The way I see it, you can either work for a living or you can fly airplanes. Me, I'd rather fly!" -Len Morgan


"Experience is a hard teacher. First comes the test, then the lesson."


"Without fuel, pilots become pedestrians."


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


If it's red or dusty don't touch it.


Three things kill young pilots in Alaska - weather, weather, and weather.


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


“Let's get one thing straight. There's a big difference between a pilot and an aviator. One is a technician and the other is an artist in love with flight” - Elrey Jeppesen


Death is nature's way of telling you to watch your AIRSPEED!


”Final is clear… Check the GEAR!!!”


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 do. Laws (of Physics) were made by the Great One. You can, and sometimes should suspend the Rules but you can never suspend the Laws”


"If you wish to have an eventful, exciting flight, don’t prepare for it, don’t brief situations and responsibilities, and don’t plan on things changing on you...
But for those of us who prefer to keep things boring and uneventful, I recommend that you fly like you train, expect the unexpected, and have a backup plan."
„Wenn Sie einen ereignisreichen, aufregenden Flug wünschen, bereiten Sie sich nicht darauf vor, briefen sie keine Situationen und Verantwortlichkeiten und planen Sie nicht, dass sich Dinge ändern können ...
Aber für diejenigen unter uns die es vorziehen die Dinge beim Fliegen langweilig zu halten empfehle ich, zu Fliegen wie Sie es gelernt haben, das Unerwartete zu erwarten und einen Plan B zu haben."

— Lt. Trever Garabedian-Prophet, HSL-49


"The individual flyer remains the key to meeting the last great challenge in aviation - human error." - Major Tony T. Kern, USAF


'To most the sky is the limit....for pilots it is home!'


"Humans will make mistakes, but that is why following procedures, using checklists and always ensuring that a safety margin exists are so essential -- aviation is not forgiving when it comes to errors." - NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman 2011


"Any occurrence requiring undivided attention will be accompanied by a compelling distraction." — Robert Bloch, American Author


"Zahme Vögel singen von der Freiheit. Wilde Vögel fliegen!"


"Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept in a flight bag for the purpose of storing dead batteries." - unkown


"Never trade luck for skill." - unkown


A smooth landing is mostly luck. Two in a row is all luck. Three in a row is provocation.


Human kind has a perfect record in aviation. No one has ever been left up there.


The probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival. Large angle of arrival, small probability of survival and vice versa.


When one engine fails on a twin engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.


Equipment problems that go away by themselves will come back by themselves.


Five famous last expressions in aviation:
1) What was that?
2) Why is it doing that?
3) Where are we?
4) Watch this!
5) Oooooh Sh**


If no liquids (such as fuel, oil, grease or hydraulic fluid) are leaking out of an aircraft, it's safe to say there are none within.


Northrop's Law of Aeronautical Engineering - When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the airplane, the airplane will fly.


Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you.


The most difficult thing about flying is knowing when to say no.


After over a half a century of flying I can not remember even one trip that I refused to do that resulted in someone getting killed because of my decision not to fly.


"One of the biggest impediments to safety and common sense (in aviation) is politics." Bruce Landsberg, President AOPA Foundation


"Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway." Mary Kay Ash


"Though I fly through the Valley of Death... I shall fear no evil. For I am at 80,000 feet and climbing." - At the entrance to the old SR-71 operating base Kadena, Okinawa


"May your flying be safe and may the wonder of it never fail to inspire you."


Nowadays a businessman can go from his office straight to the airport, get into his airplane and fly six hundred or seven hundred miles without taking off his hat. He probably will not even mention this flight, which a bare twenty-five years ago would have meant wearing leather jacket and helmet and goggles and risking his neck every minute of the way. No, he probably wouldn't mention it - except to another flier. Then they will talk for hours. They will re-create all the things seen and felt in that wonderful world of air: the sense of remoteness from the busy world below, the feeling of intense brotherhood formed with those who man the radio ranges and control towers and weather stations that bring the pilot home, the clouds and the colors, the surge of the wind on their wings. They will speak of things that are spiritual and beautiful and of things that are practical and utilitarian, they will mix up angels and engines, sunsets and spark plugs, fraternity and frequencies in one all-encompassing comradeship of interests that makes for the best and most lasting kind of friendship any man can have." — Percy Knauth, Wind on my wings, 1960.


"Airspeed, altitude or brain - you need at least two of them." unkown


“I have learned that danger is relative and that inexperience is a magnifier.” Charles Lindberg


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


Fly with the eagles, or scratch with the chickens.


Flying is not Nintendo. You don't push a button and start over.


The nicer an airplane looks, the better it flies.


"What is chiefly needed is skill rather than machinery." - Wilbur Wright, 1902


Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.


"Any idiot can get an airplane off the ground, but an aviator earns his keep by bringing it back anytime, anywhere, under any circumstances that man and God can dream up." - Walter Cunningham, 'The All-American Boys,' 1977."


"The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them." - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 'Wind, Sand, and Stars,' 1939"


"I've never seen an airplane yet that can read the type ratings on your pilot's license."- Chuck Boedecker


"There's no such thing as a natural-born pilot."- Chuck Yeager


"The happily married man with a large family is the test pilot for me."- Nevil Shute


"When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was forgotten."- Robert Livingston


"Just remember, if you crash because of weather, your funeral will be held on a sunny day."- Layton A. Bennett


"Don't ever let an airplane take you someplace where your brain hasn't arrived at least a couple of minutes earlier."- Anon.


"They will pressure you into doing things that may be unsafe, use your good judgment, and remember, 'I would rather be laughed at, than cried for.' "- George MacDonald


"there are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots"


"A pilot who doesn't have any fear probably isn't flying his plane to its maximum."- Jon McBride, astronaut


"If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible."- Bob Hoover


"Any landing you can walk away from is a good one!"- Gerald R. Massie


"There is only one rule - Rule One - TNB - Trust No Bastard - they are all trying to kill you."- Captain Rick Davies, Chief Pilot, Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Queensland Section), advise given to new captains


"I could be president of Sikorsky for six months before they found me out, but the president would only have my job for six seconds before he'd kill himself."- Walter R. 'Dick' Faull, test pilot.


The average pilot, despite the sometimes swaggering exterior, is very much capable of such feelings as love, affection, intimacy and caring. These feelings just don't involve anyone else.


There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.- Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970


If you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail!!!


"Bei der Eroberung des Weltraums sind zwei Probleme zu lösen: die Schwerkraft und der Papierkrieg. Mit der Schwerkraft wären wir fertig geworden." Wernher von Braun


"I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery


"We who fly, do so for the love of flying. We are alive in the air with this miracle that lies in our hands and beneath our feet" - Cecil Day Lewis -


"You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky." - Amelia Earhart


"No one can realize how substantial the air is, until he feels its supporting power beneath him. It inspires confidence at once." - Otto Lilienthal


"Can the magic of flight ever be carried by words? I think not." - Michael Parfit, 'Smithsonian' magazine


"After about 30 minutes I puked all over my airplane. I said to my self, Man, you made a big mistake." - Charles 'Chuck' Yeager, regards his first flight.


"To invent an airplane is nothing. To build one is something. To fly is everything." - Otto Lilienthal


"Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle." - Igor Sikorsky


"Pilots take no special joy in walking. Pilots like flying." - Neil Armstrong


I ask people who don't fly, "How can you not fly when you live in a time in history when you can fly?" - William Langewische, 2001


"Trouble in the air is very rare. It is hitting the ground that causes it." - Amelia Earhart


"If you were born on an airliner in the US in this decade and never got off you would encounter your first fatal accident when you were 2300 years of age and you would still have a 29% chance of being one of the survivors." - Les Lautman, Safety Manager Boeing Commercial Airplane Company, 1989.


"Lady, you want me to answer you if this old airplane is safe to fly? Just how in the world do you think it got to be this old?"


Never fly the 'A' model of anything. - Ed Thompson


Never fly anything that doesn't have the paint worn off the Rudder Pedals. - Harry Bill


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


You start 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.


Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.


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


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


Old Pilots never die, they just loose manifold Pressure.


"Mr. Dalton was the prime example of people who've flown airplanes for a long calendar time and perhaps many hours, but who failed to absorb any new knowledge [""Don't tell me about that - I have over 10.000hours."" No, he has 1 hour, 10.000 times] Apparently, the long experince had let him down, because he was quite pale"" - from ""Logging Flight Time" by William K. Kershner


If you push the stick forward, the hauses get bigger. If you pull the stick back, they get smaller. If you keep pulling the stick all the way back, then they get bigger again.


"The airport runway is the most important main street in any town" - Norm Crabtree, former aviation director of Ohio


I remember the time when sex was save and flying was dangerous.


"Yes sir Admiral, I did hear your lecture last night on fighter pilot image...but right after your lecture sir...we had this party!!!" Dudley Henriques


"Complacency or a false sense of security should nor be allowed to develop as a result of long periods without an accident or serious incident. An organisation with a good safety record is not necessarily a safe organization." ICAO Accident Prevention Manual, 1984


"Nicht einmal in tausend Jahren wird es der Menschheit gelingen, zu fliegen." Wilbur Wright, 1901


The worst day of flying still beats the best day of real work.


Gravity, it's not just a good idea, it's the law.


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


Assumption is the mother of all fuck-ups.


Two of the most dangerous things in the world are a South Georgia pulpwood truck, and a doctor in a split tail bonanza.


Nothing flies without fuel, so let's start with some coffee.


Any attempt to stretch fuel is guaranteed to increase headwinds.


The F-4F Phantom II- living proof that if you put enough engine on something . . . even a brick could fly.


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


Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding it.


Fuel in the tanks is limited. Gravity is forever.


In days gone by, I've proved my worth
By zooming low across the earth.
I've buzzed the valleys and the mountain ridges,
I've dove my craft beneath the bridges.
I've looped and spun and rolled my wings,
I've sung the songs that pilots sing.
I've tried most stunts, it must be said,
Yet never learnt to use my head.
So here's a toast - To you and me!
But you drink both, I'm dead...you see.


"I ran out of altitude, airspeed and ideas all at the same time." When asked why he ejected. Attributed to Tony Lavier, Chuck Yeager, and just about every other well-known test pilot


"Truly superior pilots are those who use their superior judgment to avoid those situations where they might have to use their superior skills." Frank Borman, Commander Gemini 7, Apollo 8, President Eastern Airlines


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


"Once you have learned to fly your plane, it is far less fatiguing to fly than it is to drive a car. You don't have to watch every second for cats, dogs, children, lights, road signs, ladies with baby carriages and citizens who drive out in the middle of the block against the lights. . . . Nobody who has not been up in the sky on a glorious morning can possibly imagine the way a pilot feels in free heaven." William T. Piper, president of Piper Aircraft Corporation.


„Erst das Flugzeug hat für uns das wahre Gesicht der Erde enthüllt.“ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1939


"Dad, I left my heart up there." Francis Gary Powers, CIA U-2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union, describing his first flight at age 14.


"The engine is the heart of an aeroplane, but the pilot is its soul." Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh. (This is not that other Sir Walter Raleigh, who was beheaded nearly three hundred years earlier. This Sir Walter became the official historian of the RAF.)


"It's the most exciting thing you have ever done with your pants on!" Stephen Coonts, 'Flight of the Intruder'


"Caution: Cape does not enable user to fly." Batman costume warning label, Wal-Mart, 1995.


"They say it's better than sex. It's so much better. It's amazing." Angelina Jolie, pilot and actress, regards flying


"Talking about airplanes is a very pleasant mental disease." Sergei Sikorsky, 'AOPA Pilot' magazine February 2003.


"That's what we're trained to do." Chesley B. 'Sully' Sullenberger III, Captain of US Airways flight 1549. The A320 ditched in the Hudson River with no loss of life. The 'New York Times' reported on 16 January 2009 that he, "had just performed a remarkable feat of flying. Some were calling it a miracle. But there he stood, calmly, inside the glass waiting room at the New York Waterway terminal on Pier 79, speaking to police officials. His fine gray hair was unruffled, and his navy blue pilots uniform had barely a wrinkle." 15 January 2009.


"Are you ever afraid when you fly?" "That's a good question. Yeah. I'm always a little afraid when I fly. That's what makes me so damn good. I've seen pilots who weren't afraid of anything, who would forget about checking their instruments, who flew by instinct as though they were immortal. I've pissed on the graves of those poor bastards too. The pilot who isn't a little bit afraid always screws up and when you screw up bad in a jet, you get a corporal playing taps at the expense of the government." Lieutenant Colonel Bull Meecham, USMC


"I was always afraid of dying. Always. It was my fear that made me learn everything I could about my airplane and my emergency equipment, and kept me flying respectful of my machine and always alert in the cockpit." Chuck Yeager


"Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect." Captain A. G. Lamplugh