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Penguin Flight Aviation Maxims

Aviation, like many pursuits, has its own set of sayings, or maxims. Here are a few. If you have more to add, please send me mail!
  • To a pilot, the three most useless things in the world are
    • The runway behind you,
    • The altitude above you, and
    • The fuel in the truck.
  • Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first.
  • If man were meant to fly, he'd have a hell of a lot more money.
  • It's easy to make a small fortune in aviation. Just start with a big fortune.
  • It's better to be down here wishing you were up there, than to be up there wishing you were down here.
  • Stick goes forward, houses get bigger. Stick goes back, houses get smaller. Stick goes back more, houses get bigger again - fast!
  • A superior pilot is one who uses his superior judgement to avoid those situations that might require his superior skills.
  • Time to spare, go by air.
  • There are two types of tailwheel pilots: those who have ground-looped and those that will.
  • There are two types of retractable gear pilots: those who have landed gear up and those that will.
  • There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old bold pilots.
  • If God had intended for man to fly, he would have given him more money.
  • When a single loses its engine, it glides to the accident site. In a twin, you have an engine to carry you there.
  • Pilots are confused creatures: When they're flying, all they talk about is women. When they're with a woman, all they talk about is flying.
  • The sky is not the limit -- the ground is.
  • A helicopter does not fly, it beats the air into submission.
  • Takeoffs are optional -- landings are required.
  • You know you've landed with the wheels up when it takes full power to taxi!
  • The only time an airplane has too much fuel is when it's on fire.
  • Any landing you can walk away from is a good one. If you can use the plane again, it's a great one!
  • Good judgement comes from experience; experience comes from bad judgement.
  • In the event of engine failure at night, turn on your landing light. If you don't like what you see, turn it back off.

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