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Quotes – Interesting, Noteworthy and for Thought

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Something on the lighter side!

We read to enjoy and learn, to continue to learn.  Every now and then something in the way of words causes us to think.  Join here in posting a favorite aviation quote.

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  1. Paul Tocknell on Aug 16, 2011

    Things which do you no good in aviation:

    • Altitude above you.
    • Runway behind you
    • Fuel in the truck
    • A navigator
    • Half a second ago
    • Approach plates in the car
    • The airspeed you don’t have

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  2. Koehn on Aug 16, 2011

    In flying I have learned that carelessness and overconfidence are usually far more dangerous than deliberately accepted risks.
    — Wilbur Wright in a letter to his father, September 1900.

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  3. Koehn on Aug 16, 2011

    [Airplanes are] near perfect, all they lack is the ability to forgive.
    — Richard Collins

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  4. MaggotCFII on Aug 17, 2011

    From Ernest Gann – “Flying Circus”
    “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 on the family vehicle.”

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  5. Matt Williams on Oct 20, 2011

    A couple of my favorites I’ve picked up along the way….

    It’s better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air, than in the air wishing you were on the ground.
    The only time a plane has too much fuel is when it’s on fire.

    And one of my personal favorites was the first question the DPE on my oral exam for my instrument rating.  He asked….”What makes a plane fly?” I went into the whole spiel about lift, bernoulli’s principle, etc.  The examiner says, “No, the correct answer is Money.”

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