✈ Pilot Quotes – Aviation Quotes
The National Aviation Day is observed on 19 August in United States annually. National Airborne Day was created in 2001 by George W. Bush to honor the nation’s airborne forces of the Armed Forces.
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✈ The engine is the heart of an airplane, but the pilot is its soul.” » Walter Raleigh
✈ 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
✈ A pilot must have a memory developed to absolute perfection. But there are two higher qualities which he also must have. He must have good and quick judgment and decision, and a cool, calm courage that no peril can shake.
✈ Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest. Thepilotslife.com
✈ The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.” » Bill Gates
✈ 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 can be manufactured by relatively unskilled labor.
✈ Many pilots of the time were the opinion that a fighter pilot in a closed cockpit was an impossible thing, because you should smell the enemy. You could smell them because of the oil they were burning.
✈ Lost between the wonder and the why?
✈ 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.
✈ 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
✈ The modern airplane creates a new geographical dimension. A navigable ocean of air blankets the whole surface of the globe. There are no distant places any longer: the world is small and the world is one.” » Wendell Willkie
✈ Nine-tenths confidence and one-tenth common sense equals successful aviator.
✈ Keep the aeroplane in such an attitude that the air pressure is always directly in the pilot’s face.
✈ The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly.” » G.K. Chesterton
✈ Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
✈ It was a unique childhood, to say the least. My father was born in Patiala to refugee parents and was a part of the Indian Air Force. The talented few amongst the Air Force pilots are made test pilots. Test pilots are best suited to look at the space programme as they are trained to expect the unexpected.
✈ Flying without feathers is not easy; my wings have no feathers.” » Titus Maccius Plautus
✈ I’ve learned that it is what I do not know that I fear, and I strive, outwardly from pride, inwardly from the knowledge that the unknown is what will finally kill me, to know all there is to be known about my airplane. I will never die.
✈ You haven’t seen a tree until you’ve seen its shadow from the sky.” » Amelia Earhart
✈ Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death I Shall Fear No Evil For I am 80,000 feet and Climbing.
✈ Learning the secret of flight from a bird was a good deal like learning the secret of magic from a magician. After you know what to look for you see things that you did not notice when you did not know exactly what to look for.
✈ An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it’ll never surprise a good one.
✈ The quality of the box matters little. Success depends upon the man who sits in it.
✈ Flying for the airlines is not supposed to be an adventure. From takeoff to landing, the autopilots handle the controls. This is routine. In a Boeing as much as an Airbus. And they make better work of it than any pilot can. You’re not supposed to be the blue-eyed hero here. Your job is to make decisions, to stay awake, and to know which buttons to push and when. Your job is to manage the systems.
✈ I always thought that my airplane conveyed a silent sermon. To the earthbound observer, its silhouette was the shape of the cross on which Jesus was crucified.” » E.R. Trimble
✈ 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.” » Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra
✈ The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.
✈ It is a good thing to learn caution from the misfortunes of others.
✈ The successful pilot must have a quick eye and steady nerves.
✈ 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
✈ 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.
✈ Do not let yourself be forced into doing anything before you are ready.
✈ Being on a successful show is kind of like being a sea turtle. Every year, sea turtles lay hundreds and hundreds of eggs, but only a few manage to survive and mature. It’s the same with TV pilots. There are so many great ideas, but for whatever reason only the lucky ones get picked up.
✈ Cloud-flying requires practice, even if you have every modern instrument, and unless you keep calm and collected you will get into trouble after you have been inside a really thick one for a few minutes. In the very early days of aviation, 1912 to be correct, I emerged from a cloud upside down, much to my discomfort, as I didn’t know how to get right way up again. I found out somehow, or I wouldn’t be writing this.
✈ Now listen, buddy, there are a few corny ideas you got to get out of your head if you’re going to fly an airplane. Most things are just the reverse from what people think. The higher you are the safer you are. The Earth down there, that, that—s your enemy because once you hit that, boy, you splatter.
✈ Ships are to little purpose without skillful Sea Men.
✈ Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death.” » Alexander Chase
✈ I’ve never seen an airplane yet that can read the type ratings on your pilot’s license.
✈ In the space age, man will be able to go around the world in two hours – one hour for flying and one hour to get to the airport.” » Neil McElroy
✈ If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why oh why can’t I?” » E.Y. Harburg
✈ It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
✈ You’ll be bothered from time to time by storms, fog, snow. When you are, think of those who went through it before you, and say to yourself, ‘What they could do, I can do.
✈ The bluebird carries the sky on his back.” » Henry David Thoreau
✈ A pilot who doesn’t have any fear probably isn’t flying his plane to its maximum.
✈ There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy while being carried through the air on great white wings.” » Wilbur Wright
✈ Never fly anything that doesn’t have the paint worn off the rudder Pedals.
✈ In soloing—as in other activities—it is far easier to start something than it is to finish it.
✈ If you can fill out the yellow sheet with Jack Black in your hand instead of an I.V. in your arm, it was a good landing.
✈ The desire to reach for the sky runs deep in our human psyche.” » Cesar Pelli
✈ Airshow flying is tough, it’s even tougher if you do something stupid. Don’t do nuthin dumb!
✈ There’s no such thing as a natural-born pilot.
✈ The guy in the airplane goes with you. So he has self-interest to do the good things, too, and I don’t know of any pilots that don’t have a self-interest in staying alive.
✈ 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.
✈ 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
✈ Harmony comes gradually to a pilot and his plane. The wing does not want so much to fly true as to tug at the hands that guide it; the ship would rather hunt the wind than lay her nose to the horizon far ahead. She has a derelict quality in her character; she toys with freedom and hints at liberation, but yields her own desires gently.
✈ Whenever we safely land in a plane, we promise God a little something.” » Mignon McLaughlin
✈ You’ve got to expect things are going to go wrong. And we always need to prepare ourselves for handling the unexpected.
✈ 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.
✈ Electronics were rascals, and they lay awake nights trying to find some way to screw you during the day. You could not reason with them. They had a brain and intestines, but no heart.
✈ I have flown in just about everything, with all kinds of pilots in all parts of the world — British, French, Pakistani, Iranian, Japanese, Chinese — and there wasn’t a dime’s worth of difference between any of them except for one unchanging, certain fact: the best, most skillful pilot has the most experience. Britishairways.com
✈ If you aren’t sweating too much before a flight, you surely havent asked enough questions. If you are not sweating just a little during the flight, you may not be attentive enough. And, if you are not sweating out the answers with all the experts you can think of after the flight, you may never find that very beautiful pearl in all that pig litter.
✈ Any landing you can walk away from is a good one!
✈ A pilot who says he has never been frightened in an airplane is, I’m afraid, lying.
✈ The pilot who teaches himself has a fool for a student.
✈ Spread your wings and let the fairy in you fly!
✈ Often as a boy I had thought of the pleasure of being one’s own master in one’s own boat; but the reality far exceeded the imagination of it, and it was not a transient pleasure.
✈ Pilots, to a large degree, are like salesmen. They have to be confident to be good at their jobs. They have to practice relentlessly and plan out all the scenarios of the things that could happen when they’re out there. Nothing is more important than preparation. They are also mighty competitive, both as individuals and as squadrons.” » Simon Sinek
✈ I hope you either take up parachute jumping or stay out of single motored airplanes at night.
✈ No matter how important a man at sea may consider himself, unless he is fundamentally worthy the sea will some day find him out.
✈ Always keep an ‘out’ in your hip pocket.
✈ The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be? It is the same the angels breathe.” » Mark Twain
✈ The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.” » Wilbur Wright
✈ I think there is something exhilarating in flying amongst clouds, and always get a feeling of wanting to pit my aero plane against them, charge at them, climb over them to show them you have them beat, circle round them, and generally play with them; but clouds can on occasion hold their own against the aviator, and many a pilot has found himself emerging from a cloud not on a level keel.
✈ “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.”
✈ It’s all right if your automobile goes wrong while you are driving it. You can get out in the road and tinker with it. But if your airplane breaks down, you can’t sit on a convenient cloud and tinker with that!.
✈ Are you ever afraid when you fly?
✈ When a prang seems inevitable, endeavour to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity, as slowly and gently as possible.
✈ Given angel’s wings, where might you fly?
✈ The principal task of a conductor is not to put himself in evidence but to disappear behind his functions as much as possible. We are pilots, not servants.” » Franz Liszt
✈ 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.
✈ I suddenly get a feeling — perhaps only a hint — of the ALONENESS of a 1930s transport pilot way up on the beak of this ancient pelican. This tiny cupola was not a “flight deck,” all indirect lighting and softly chiming “systems,” triply redundant captains murmuring their checklist incantations. This was one man stuck about as far out on the bowsprit of his ark as he could be without having his toes in the wind.
✈ The airman must possess absolutely untroubled nerves.
✈ 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.
✈ Pilots have their names painted just beneath the canopy of their aircraft. This gives the pilot a sense of ownership for his or her jet. What’s more, like cars, each aircraft has its own personality, so it’s important for a pilot to get to know and love his aircraft.” » Simon Sinek
✈ Don’t ever let an airplane take you someplace where your brain hasn’t arrived at least a couple of minutes earlier.
✈ A pilot lives in a world of perfection, or not at all.
✈ The Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you.
✈ Within all of us is a varying amount of space lint and star dust, the residue from our creation. Most are too busy to notice it, and it is stronger in some than others. It is strongest in those of us who fly and is responsible for an unconscious, subtle desire to slip into some wings and try for the elusive boundaries of our origin.” » K.O. Eckland
✈ There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror.” » Orson Welles
✈ In an imperfect world perfection is not instantly available. Railroad safety, for instance, cannot be secured by mechanical devices alone. It is primarily a resultant of care and discipline.
✈ 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.
✈ For all professional pilots there exists a kind of guild, without charter and without by-laws. it demands no requirements for inclusion save an understanding of the wind, the compass, the rudder, and fair fellowship.
✈ I know him well and he is just the kind of man to accomplish such an undertaking. He is apparently without fear and what he sets out to do he generally accomplishes. This recklessness makes him anything but a good aviator, however, for he lacks entirely the element of caution.” » Wilbur Wright
✈ The way I see it, you can either work for a living or you can fly airplanes. Me, I’d rather fly.
✈ Sometimes, flying feels too God like 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
✈ Flying is done largely with the imagination.
✈ Angels can fly because they carry no burdens.
✈ I sometimes still go out hunting for bad weather, flying low in simple airplanes to explore the inner reaches of the clouds. Less experienced pilots occasionally join me, not to learn formal lessons about weather flying, but with a more advanced purpose in mind — to accompany me in the slow accumulation of experience through circumstances that never repeat in a place that defies mastery.
✈ There are airmen and there are pilots: the first being part bird whose view from aloft is normal and comfortable, a creature whose brain and muscles frequently originate movements which suggest flight; and then there are pilots who regardless of their airborne time remain earth-loving bipeds forever. When these latter unfortunates, because of one urge or another, actually make an ascension, they neither anticipate nor relish the event and they drive their machines with the same graceless labor they inflict upon the family vehicle.
✈ 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.
✈ Keep thy airspeed up, less the earth come from below and smit thee.
✈ When you think about flying, it’s nuts really. Here you are at about 40,000 feet, screaming along at 700 miles an hour and you’re sitting there drinking Diet Pepsi and eating peanuts. It just doesn’t make any sense.” » David Letterman
✈ This thing we call luck is merely professionalism and attention to detail, it’s your awareness of everything that is going on around you, it’s how well you know and understand your airplane and your own limitations. Luck is the sum total of your of abilities as an aviator. If you think your luck is running low, you’d better get busy and make some more. Work harder, Pay more attention. Study your NATOPS more. Do better pre-flights.
✈ In aviation they have auto pilot and color radar and a lot of other instrumentation that is a backup for pilots. It’s really brought the incidents of plane crashes way down. Same thing ought to happen in the medical industry, I think.” » Dennis Quaid
✈ I get inspired when I look at Tom Lennon, who did ‘Reno 911!’ for six seasons while writing huge movies and directing and also doing other pilots; he did that FX pilot, the ‘Star Trek’ thing.” » Scott Aukerman
✈ If you want to grow old as a pilot, you’ve got to know when to push it, and when to back off.
✈ And ask no gain or fame or aught beyond the joy of life.
✈ O! for a horse with wings! William Shakespeare
✈ We watch the liner in the distance glide out from the sheltered waters of the bay, Into the arms of ocean’s vastness won. Enfolded in infinity of tide We lose it, and the last faint smoke line gray Merges into the sunset and is gone. Vanished from sight and lost, art thou, at sea, Swallowed in ocean’s blue immensity? Ah, no. Though trackless be the deep, and wide, Thy pilot shall bring thee triumphantly Into the harbor on the other side.
✈ There are no accidents and no fatal flaws in the machines; there are only pilots with the wrong stuff.
✈ There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm.
✈ Bicycling is the nearest approximation I know to the flight of birds. The airplane simply carries a man on its back like an obedient Pegasus; it gives him no wings of his own.” » Louis J. Helle
✈ What is it in fact, this learning to fly? To be precise, it is ‘to learn NOT to fly wrong.’ To learn to become a pilot is to learn — not to let oneself fly too slowly. Not to let oneself turn without accelerating. Not to cross the controls. Not to do this, and not to do that. . . . To pilot is negation.
✈ My soul is in the sky.” » William Shakespeare
✈ If you are bored flying, your standards are too low.
✈ Most pilots learn, when they pin on their wings and go out and get in a fighter, especially, that one thing you don’t do, you don’t believe anything anybody tells you about an airplane.” » Chuck Yeager
✈ That’s what we’re trained to do.
✈ Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.” » Gil Stern
✈ 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 Aopa.org
✈ 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
✈ 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.
✈ 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
✈ My first shock came when I touched the rudder. The thing tried to bite its own tail. The next surprise I got was when I landed; she stalled at a hundred and ten miles an hour.
✈ Remember, you fly an airplane with you head, not your hands and feet.
✈ Those who gave away their wings are sad not to see them fly.” » Antonio Porchia
✈ When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” » Leonardo Da Vinci
✈ It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.
✈ When anyone asks me how I can best describe my experiences of nearly forty years at sea, I merely say uneventful. I have never been in an accident of any sort worth speaking about….I never saw a wreck and have never been wrecked, nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort.
✈ 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.
✈ There’s a lot of Hollywood bullshit about flying. I mean, look at the movies about test pilots or fighter pilots who face imminent death. The controls are jammed or something really important has fallen off the plane, and these guys are talking like magpies; their lives are flashing past their eyes, and they’re flailing around in the cockpit. It just doesn’t happen. You don’t have time to talk. You’re too damn busy trying to get out of the problem you’re in to talk or ricochet around the cockpit. Or think about what happened the night after your senior prom.
✈ Ships are obliged to take on harbor or river pilots – who provide specialized local navigation – when they approach a port, but in the canal, a Suez crew is also obligatory. The crew members are there in case the ship needs to be moored during the canal transit, but this rarely happens.” » Rose George
✈ Sometimes I watch myself fly. For in the history of human flight it is not yet so very late; and a man may still wonder once in a while and ask: how is it that I, poor earth-habitituated animal, can fly?
✈ If black boxes survive air crashes, why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff?” » George Carlin
✈ 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 you 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.
✈ A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the study of so vast a subject. A time will come when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them.” » Seneca
✈ A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drowned, for he will be going out on a day when he shouldn’t.
✈ No one can realize how substantial the air is, until he feels its supporting power beneath him. It inspires confidence at once.” » Otto Lilienthal
✈ What kind of man would live where there is no daring? I don’t believe in taking foolish chances, but nothing can be accomplished without taking any chance at all.
✈ Map reading was not required. There were no maps. I got from place to place with the help of three things. One was the seat of my pants. If it left that of the plane, when the visibility was at a minimum, I was in trouble and could even be upside down. Another was the ability to recognize every town, river, railroad, farm, and, yes, outhouse along the route. The third? I had a few drops of homing pigeon in my veins
✈ I pay those guys to fly, so let them fly. I’ll be damned if I’ll pay them to just sit there.
✈ In the air transport business more than any other, the human element is everything. That big plane in front of the hangar is only as good as the man who flies it, and he is only as good as the people on the ground who work with him.
✈ Prepare for the unknown, unexpected and inconceivable . . . after 50 years of flying I’m still learning every time I fly.
✈ And let’s get one thing straight. There’s a big difference between a pilot and an aviator. One is a technician; the other is an artist in love with flight.
✈ I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets. It seems to me that they are wonderful things for other people to go on.” » Jean Kerr
✈ 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 only mystery in life is why the kamikaze pilots wore helmets.” » Al McGuire
✈ Every flying machine has its own unique characteristics, some good, some not so good. Pilots naturally fly the craft in such a manner as to take advantage of its good characteristics and avoid the areas where it is not so good.
✈ Now, there are two ways of learning to ride a fractious horse: one is to get on him and learn by actual practice how each motion and trick may be best met; the other is to sit on a fence and watch the beast a while and then retire to the house and at leisure figure out the best way of overcoming his jumps and kicks. The latter system is the safer, but the former, on the whole, turns out the larger proportion of good riders. It is very much the same thing in learning to ride a flying machine. Wilbur Wright
✈ Navigating by the compass in a sea of clouds over Spain is all very well, it is very dashing, but — you want to remember that below the sea of clouds lies eternity.
✈ Why fly? Simple. I’m not happy unless there’s some room between me and the ground.” » Richard Bach
✈ In a calm sea every man is a pilot.
✈ If you don’t think you’re the best pilot in the business, MAYBE you’re in the wrong business. If you think you could never make a mistake, you are REALLY in the wrong business.
✈ Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you.
✈ The pilot is still the pilot, whether he is at a remote console or on the flight deck. With the potential for thousands of these unmanned aircraft in use years from now, the standards for pilot training need to be set high to ensure that those on the ground and other users of the airspace are not put in jeopardy.
✈ When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was forgotten.
✈ This man deserves a medal as big as a frying pan. He has done a fantastic job.
✈ The length of debate about a flight maneuver is always inversely proportional to the complexity of maneuver. Thus, if the flight maneuver is simple enough, debate approaches infinity.
✈ One particular circumstance distinguishes the sea commander from his equals in most other spheres. He stands the same chance of death, mutilation or capture as the least experienced sailor in his fleet. What affects others will affect him personally. This fact ‘concentrates the mind wonderfully’, as Dr Johnson remarked of a man who was to be hanged in a fortnight.
✈ Sometimes things are bigger than you, and the best you can hope for is to keep your wings level and have patience and a little luck.
✈ 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.
✈ Rule books are paper – they will not cushion a sudden meeting of stone and metal.
✈ Pilots take no special joy in walking. Pilots like flying.” » Neil Armstrong
✈ I think progress began to retrogress when Wilbur and Orville started tinkering around in Dayton and at Kitty Hawk, because I believe that two Wrights made a wrong.” » Ogden Nash
✈ Real confidence in the air is bred only by mistakes made and recovered from at a safe altitude, in a safe ship, and seated on a good parachute.
✈ It is hard enough for anyone to map out a course of action and stick to it, particularly in the face of the desires of one’s friends; but it is doubly hard for an aviator to stay on the ground waiting for just the right moment to go into the air.
✈ 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.
✈ He is most free from danger, who, even when safe, is on his guard.
✈ There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” » Douglas Adams
✈ 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.
✈ He moves not through distance, but through the ranges of satisfaction that come from hauling himself up into the air with complete and utter control; from knowing himself and knowing his airplane so well that he can come somewhere close to touching, in his own special and solitary way, that thing that is called perfection. Notalwaysright.com
✈ A pilot’s business is with the wind, and with the stars, with night, with sand, with the sea. He strives to outwit the forces of nature. He stares with expectancy for the coming of the dawn the way a gardener awaits the coming of spring. He looks forward to port as a promised land, and truth for him is what lives in the stars. Airlinepilotstories.com
✈ There was a wonderful little short four-year time period when marvelous things happened. It started in 1908, when the Wright brothers flew in Paris, and everybody said, ‘Ooh, hey, I can do that.’ There’s only a few people that have flown in early 1908. In four years, 39 countries had hundreds of airplanes, thousands of pilots.” » Burt Rutan
✈ Then there was the challenge to keep doing better and better, to fly the best test flight that anybody had ever flown. That led to my being recognized as one of the more experienced test pilots, and that led to the astronaut business.” » Alan Shepard
✈ I enjoyed my service flying very much. That is where I learned the discipline of flying In order to have the freedom of flight you must have the discipline. Discipline prevents crashes.
✈ Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
✈ Hereafter, if you should observe an occasion to give your officers and friends a little more praise than is their due, and confess more fault than you can justly be charged with, you will only become the sooner for it, a great captain.” » Benjamin Franklin
✈ It is not possible that any man can be a good and sufficient Pilot or skilful Seaman, but by painful and diligent practice.
Funny Pilot Quotes
101 Funny quotes about pilots, aeroplane, helicopters, passengers et cetera:
✈ The three best things in life are a good landing, a good orgasm, and a good bowel movement. The night carrier landing is one of the few opportunities in life to experience all three at the same time.
✈ Things which do you no good in aviation: 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.
✈ You define a good flight by negatives: you didn’t get hijacked, you didn’t crash, you didn’t throw up, you weren’t late, you weren’t nauseated by the food. So you are grateful.
✈ Did I ever tell you about a nasty habit that flight attendants pick up on the job? We learn to always keep smiling, even when we’re out of Bloody Mary mix.
✈ Landing on the ship during the daytime is like sex: it’s either good or it’s great. Landing on the ship at night is like a trip to the dentist: you may get away with no pain, but you just don’t feel comfortable.
✈ If something hasn’t broken on your helicopter, it’s about to.
✈ If black boxes survive air crashes, why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff?
✈ The three most common expressions in aviation are, Why is it doing that?, Where are we? and Oh Crap.
✈ There are only two things required to fly a modern airliner: a pilot and a dog. It’s the pilot’s job to feed the dog. It’s the dog’s job to bite the pilot if he touches anything in the cockpit.
✈ A fool and his money are soon flying more aircraft than he can handle.
✈ You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.
✈ When a prang seems inevitable, endeavor to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity, as slowly and gently as possible.
✈ 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.
✈ The only thing worse than a captain who never flew as copilot is a copilot who once was a captain.
✈ It’s easy to make a small fortune in aviation. You just start off with a large fortune.
✈ I hope I don’t get airsick because I get carsick and if I get airsick, I couldn’t be a pilot and then I would have to go to work. » Fifth grade student
✈ The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you. » Attributed to Max Stanley
✈ In the Alaska bush I’d rather have a two hour bladder and three hours of gas than vice versa. » Kurt Wien
✈ You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3. » Paul F. Crickmore
✈ The last thing every pilot does before leaving the aircraft after making a gear up landing is to put the gear selection lever in the ‘down’ position.
✈ Unskilled pilots are always found in the wreckage with their hand around the microphone.
✈ Is there anything more beautiful than a beautiful, beautiful flamingo, flying across in front of a beautiful sunset? And he’s carrying a beautiful rose in his beak, and also he’s carrying a very beautiful painting with his feet. And also, you’re drunk. » Jack Handey
✈ Progress in airline flying; now a flight attendant can get a pilot pregnant.
✈ You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.
✈ Navy carrier pilots to Air Force pilots: Flaring is like squatting to pee.
✈ Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go near the edges of it. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there.
✈ Man is flying too fast for a world that is round. Soon he will catch up with himself in a great rear end collision. » James Thurber
✈ It doesn’t do any good to stand on the airplane’s brakes when you’re already on your back! » Rex Thorp
✈ Aviation is not so much a profession as it is a disease.
✈ There is an art, or rather a knack, to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
✈ There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime. » Davis-Monthan
✈ Helicopters don’t fly… they just beat the air into submission.
✈ Airspeed, altitude, and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.
✈ Helicopters can’t fly; they’re just so ugly the earth repels them.
✈ Remember, gravity is not just a good idea. It’s the law. And it’s not subject to repeal.
✈ 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.
✈ 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’ em back off.
✈ It’s best to keep the pointed end going forward as much as possible.
✈ Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death I Shall Fear No Evil For I Am 80,000 Feet and Climbing. » Sign over the entrance to the SR-71 operating location on Kadena.
✈ Without ammunition, the USAF would be just another expensive flying club.
✈ Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory… in other words, for every take-off, there WILL be a landing.
✈ Never fly the ‘A’ model of anything. » Ed Thompson
✈ When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No-one has ever collided with the sky.
✈ A pilot who doesn’t have any fear probably isn’t flying his plane to its maximum. » Jon McBride
✈ If God had really intended men to fly, he’d have made it easier to get to the airport.
✈ There is an art . . . to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. » Douglas Adams
✈ A male pilot is a confused soul who talks about women when he’s flying, and about flying when he’s with a woman.
✈ I don’t like flying because I’m afraid of crashing into a large mountain. I don’t think Dramamine is going to help.
✈ There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
✈ If helicopters are so safe, how come there are no vintage / classic helicopter fly-ins?
✈ Flying isn’t dangerous. Crashing is what’s dangerous.
✈ In the ongoing battle between objects made of aluminum going hundreds of miles per hour and the ground going zero miles per hour, the ground has yet to lose.
✈ Flying a plane is no different from riding a bicycle. It’s just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes. » Captain Rex Kramer
✈ Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror.
✈ It’s a good landing if you can still get the doors open. Notalwaysright.com
✈ The bulk of mankind is as well equipped for flying as thinking. » Jonathon Swift
✈ A helicopter is a collection of rotating parts going round and round and reciprocating parts going up and down – all of them trying to become random in motion.
✈ We have a perfect record in aviation: we never left one up there!
✈ If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it’s probably a helicopter… and therefore, unsafe.
✈ 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.
✈ The strength of the turbulence is directly proportional to the temperature of your coffee. » Gunter’s Second Law of Air Travel
✈ I know there’s a lot of money in aviation because I put it there.
✈ When the weight of the paper equals the weight of the airplane, only then you can go flying. » Donald Douglas
✈ My first wife didn’t like to fly, either. » Gordon Baxter, Flying magazine.
✈ The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.
✈ A meteorologist is just a common person who went to school long enough to be paid to guess what the weather is going to be.
✈ 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.
✈ Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers.
✈ Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding it.
✈ When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.
✈ If God had meant man to fly, he’d have given him lots more money.
✈ A thunderstorm is never as bad on the inside as it appears on the outside. It’s worse.
✈ A ‘good’ landing is one from which you can walk away. A ‘great’ landing is one after which they can use the aeroplane again.
✈ We have clearance, Clarence. Roger, Roger. What’s our vector, Victor? » Cockpit crew in the movie Airplane.
✈ Basic Flying Rules Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go near the edges of it. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there.
✈ That’s not flying, that’s just falling with style. » Woody
✈ The probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival. Large angle of arrival, small probability of survival and vice versa.
✈ 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 all the way back, then they get bigger again.
✈ The odds against there being a bomb on a plane are a million to one, and against two bombs a million times a million to one. Next time you fly, cut the odds and take a bomb. » Benny Hill
✈ Any attempt to stretch fuel is guaranteed to increase head wind.
✈ Every time I fly and am forced to remove my shoes, I’m grateful Richard Reid is not known as the Underwear Bomber. » Douglas Manuel
✈ Stay out of clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps talking about might be another aircraft going in the opposite direction. Reliable sources also report that mountains have been known to hide out in clouds.
✈ Helicopters are for the rich… or the enlisted.
✈ If you’re faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible. » Bob Hoover – renowned aerobatic and test pilot
✈ What’s the difference between God and fighter pilots? God doesn’t think he’s a fighter pilot.
✈ Just remember, if you crash because of weather, your funeral will be held on a sunny day. » Layton A. Bennett
✈ Trust your captain but keep your seat belt securely fastened.
✈ Try to learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make all of them yourself.
✈ A smooth landing is mostly luck; two in a row is all luck; three in a row is prevarication.
✈ In a twin-engine aircraft, the purpose of the second engine is to supply the pilot with enough power to fly to the scene of the crash.
✈ If I could be a bird, I’d be a Flying Purple People Eater, because then people would sing about me and I could fly down and eat them because I hate that song. » Jack Handey
✈ Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you. » Richard Herman
✈ Which is now a more hopeful statement than Swift intended it to be. » Will Durant
✈ Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal the number of take-offs you’ve made.
✈ If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music… and of aviation. » Tom Stoppard
✈ There are old pilots and there are bold pilots. However, there are no old, bold pilots.
✈ Arguing with a pilot is like wrestling with a pig in the mud, after a while you begin to think the pig likes it.
✈ Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!
✈ I remember when sex was safe and flying was dangerous.
✈ Both optimists and pessimists contribute to the society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.
✈ If an airplane is still in one piece, don’t cheat on it; Ride the bastard down. » Ernest K. Gann
Pilot Dictionary – Aviation Dictionary
✈ Airspeed: Speed of an airplane. Deduct 25% when listening to a Navy pilot.
✈ Bank: The folks who hold the lien on most pilots’ cars.
✈ Cone of Confusion: An area about the size of New Jersey, located near the final approach beacon at an airport.
✈ Crab: The squadron Ops Officer.
✈ Dead Reckoning: You reckon correctly, or you are.
✈ Engine Failure: A condition which occurs when all fuel tanks mysteriously become filled with air.
✈ Firewall: Section of the aircraft specially designed to let heat and smoke enter the cockpit.
✈ Glide Distance: Half the distance from the airplane to the nearest emergency landing field.
✈ Hydroplane: An airplane designed to land on a 20,000 foot long wet runway.
✈ IFR: A method of flying by needle and ripcord.
✈ Lean Mixture: Nonalcoholic beer
✈ Nanosecond: Time delay built into the stall warning system.
✈ Parasitic Drag: A pilot who bums a ride and complains about the service.
✈ Range: Usually about 30 miles beyond the point where all fuel tanks fill with air.
✈ Rich Mixture: What you order at the other guy’s promotion party.
✈ Roger: Used when you’re not sure what else to say.
✈ Service Ceiling: Altitude at which cabin crews can serve drinks.
✈ Spoilers: The Federal Aviation Administration. Spartan.edu
✈ Stall – Technique used to explain to the bank why you car payment is late.
Funny PASSENGERS’ Sayings
✈ I don’t have a fear of flying; I have a fear of crashing.
✈ I quit flying years ago. I don’t want to die with tourists.
✈ The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
✈ I think getting drunk is the key to flying comfortably. A couple of Bloody Marys or several glasses of champagne, and suddenly it’s like you’re on a roller coaster.
✈ In America there are two classes of travel—first class, and with children.