1) First Law of Aviation: Take-offs are optional, landings are mandatory.
2) Never miss a golden opportunity to keep your mouth shut.
3) If it's stupid but works, it ain't stupid.
4) Any aerobatic pilot who does not consider himself the best in the game is in the wrong game.
5) There is no substitute for horsepower.
6) Only by experience can a pilot overcome feelings of panic.
7) Part A: Know when its time to get the hell out of Dodge.
Part B: Always know how to get the hell out of Dodge.
8) Part A: The important things are always simple.
Part B: The simple things are always hard.
9) If you don't want your airplane to go over there, don't let it go over there.
10) Flying is not dangerous; crashing is dangerous.
11) A pilot is a confused soul who talks about women when he's flying, and about flying when he's with a woman.
12) Being an airline pilot would be great if you didn't have to go on all those trips.
13) There are three rules for making a smooth landing; unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
14) It is far better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than in the air wishing you were on the ground.
15) Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.
16) If God had meant man to fly, He'd have given him more money.
17) If speed is life, altitude is life insurance. No one has ever collided with the sky.
18) The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.
19) The probability of survival is proportional to the angle of arrival.
20) Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.
21) Any attempt to stretch fuel is guaranteed to increase headwind.
22) Gravity never loses! The best you can hope for is a draw!
23) When we earn our pilot's license, we have a full bucket of luck and an empty bucket of experience.
The trick is to fill the empty one before emptying the full one.
"A superior pilot uses his superior judgement to avoid those situations which require the use of his superior skill."
-Frank Borman, Apollo 8 Astronaut
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