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Aviation Wisdom From The Past

“Robert Novell’s Third Dimension Blog”

Good Morning—This week we will deviate from the norm and hopefully take you to the lighter side of life, and give you a smile to start your day. Stay tuned this week for a series on explosive decompression and thanks again for allowing the 3DB to be a part of your week.

Robert Novell

January 20, 2014

Pilot Truisms

  • Pilots are people who drive airplanes for other people who can’t fly. Passengers are people who say they fly, but really just ride.

  • Fighter Pilots are steely eyed, weapons systems managers who kill bad people and break things. However, they can also be very charming and personable.  The average fighter pilot, despite sometimes having a swaggering exterior, is very much capable of such feelings as love, affection, intimacy and caring.  (However, these feelings don’t involve anyone else.)

  • Flying is a hard way to earn an easy living.

  • Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the airplane; the pessimist, the parachute.

  • Death is just nature’s way of telling you to watch your airspeed.

  • As a pilot only two bad things can happen to you (and one of them will): One day you will walk out to the aircraft, knowing it is your last flight, and one day you may walk out to the aircraft, not knowing it is your last flight.

  • There are rules and there are laws: The rules are made by men who think that they know how to fly your airplane better than you, the laws (of physics) were ordained by God, and you can and sometimes should suspend the rules, but you can never suspend the laws.About Rules: The rules are a good place to hide if you don’t have a better idea and the talent to execute it and if you deviate from a rule, it must be a flawless performance (e.g., if  you fly under a bridge, don’t hit the bridge.)

  • Before each flight, make  sure that your bladder is empty and your fuel tanks are full.

  • He who demands everything that his aircraft can give him is a  pilot; he who demands one iota more is a fool.

  • There are certain aircraft sounds that can only be heard at night and over the ocean. Most of them are scary.

  • The aircraft limits are only there in case there is another flight by that particular aircraft.  If subsequent flights do not appear likely, there are no limits.

  • “If the Wright brothers were alive today, Wilbur would have to fire Orville to reduce costs.” (President, DELTA Airlines.)

  • In the Alaskan bush, I’d rather have a two-hour bladder and three hours of gas than vice versa.

  • An old pilot is one who can remember when flying was dangerous and sex was safe.

  • Airlines have really changed; now a flight attendant can get a pilot pregnant.

  • I’ve flown in both pilot seats.  Can someone tell me why the other one is always occupied by an idiot?

  • You have to make up your mind about growing up and becoming a pilot.  You can’t do both.