View Full Version : Pilots Crib Sheet

7th Dec 2001, 11:47
Probably an old one, but it tickled my sense of humour enough to post it...

1. Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.

2. If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger. If you pull the stick
back, they get smaller. That is, unless you keep pulling the stick back-then
they get bigger again.

3. Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous.

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

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

6. The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot
cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.

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

8. A "good" landing is one from which you can walk away. A "great" landing is
one after which they can use the plane again.

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

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

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

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

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

14. Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal to the number of
takeoffs you've made.

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

16. 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.

17. Helicopters can't fly; they're just so ugly the earth repels them.

18. If all you can see out of the windscreen is ground that's going round and
round and all you can hear is commotion coming from the passenger compartment,
things are not at all as they should be.

19. In the ongoing battle between objects made of aluminium going hundreds of
miles per hour and the ground going zero miles per hour, the ground has yet to

20. Good judgement comes from experience. Unfortunately, experience usually
come from bad judgement.

21. It's always a good idea to keep the pointy end going forward as much as

22. Keep looking around. There's always something you've missed.

23. Remember, gravity is not just a good idea. It's the law. And it's not
subject to repeal.

24. The three most useless things to a pilot are altitude above you, runway
behind you, and a tenth of a second ago

25. There are old pilots and there are bold pilots. There are, however, no
old, bold pilots.