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Flight Rules
Early Retirement Flight Rules


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Rules For Flight

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 all the way 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 sky.

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 aircraft 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 airplane 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 take offs 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

18. If all you can see out of the window 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 aluminum going
hundreds of miles per hour and the ground going zero miles per
hour, the ground has yet to lose.

20. Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the
experience usually comes from bad judgment.

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

22. Keep looking around. There's always something you've missed.
(Isn't that why they came up with checklists? :)

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 the 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.


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