Pilot

It became so strong that I started working as Flight Attendant on the legendary “Queen of the skies” – The Jumbo Jet Boeing 747

The history of aviation is so interesting and every day a new chapter is written.

Even if you are the best pilot you will make a lot of bad landings during your career.

Truly superior pilots are those who use their superior judgment to avoid those situations where they might have to use their superior skills.

Aviate, Navigate, Communicate.

When in doubt, hold your altitude; nobody ever collided with the sky.

Fuel is liquid altitude – the only time you will have too much is when you are on fire.

Flying, like life, is full of precluded possibilities. Can’t do… won’t do… shouldn’t do…

It’s better to be on the ground wishing you were the air, than in the air wishing you were on the ground.
Emergency landings are done to save lives, not airplanes.

Never let an airplane take you somewhere your brain didn’t get to five minutes earlier.

There are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old, bold pilots.

“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 DaVinci

“Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.”– Socrates

“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

“I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.”– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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.”

“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.”

“A ‘good’ landing is one from which you can walk away. A ‘great’ landing is one after which they can use the plane again.”

“Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.”

“Flying isn’t dangerous. Crashing is what’s dangerous.”

“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.”

“Airspeed, altitude, and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.”

“Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death.”

“Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.”– Gil Stern

“If black boxes survive air crashes, why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff?”– George Carlin
“The only mystery in life is why the kamikaze pilots wore helmets.”– Al McGuire

“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.”

“You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3.”– Paul F. Crickmore

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make all of them yourself.”

“Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bad judgment.”

“There are old pilots and there are bold pilots. However, there are no old, bold pilots.”

“Remember, you fly an airplane with you head, not your hands and feet.”

“A fool and his money are soon flying more aircraft than he can handle.”

“Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding it.”

“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.” — Charles A. Lindbergh, first pilot to make a solo transatlantic flight

“There’s a big difference between a pilot and an aviator. One is a technician, the other is an artist in love with flight.” — Elrey B. Jeppesen, founder of the Jeppesen Air Navigation

“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, founder of Piper Aircraft Corporation

“Flying is more than a sport and more than a job; flying is pure passion and desire, which fill a lifetime.” — General Adolf Galland, World War II ace

“When everything seems to be against you, remember that an airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” — Henry Ford, automobile manufacturer

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” — Elinor Smith, pioneering American aviator that was known as The Flying Flapper of Freeport

“It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.” — Wilbur Wright, inventor of modern flight

“There is no such thing as a natural born pilot. Whatever my aptitudes or talents, becoming a proficient pilot was hard work, really a lifetime’s learning experience. For the best pilots, flying is an obsession, the one thing in life they must do continually. The best pilots fly more than the others; that’s why they’re the best. Experience is everything.” — Chuck Yeager, first pilot to break the sound barrier

“Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.” — Amelia Earhart, first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean

“The way I see it, you can either work for a living or you can fly airplanes. Me, I’d rather fly.”— Len Morgan, American aviator

“Do the impossible because almost everyone has told me my ideas are merely fantasies.” — Howard Hughes, business magnate and record-setting pilot

“I was annoyed from the start by the attitude of doubt by the spectators that I would never really make the flight. This attitude made me more determined than ever to succeed.” — Harriet Quimby, first woman to obtain a pilot’s license in the U.S.

“To become an ace a fighter must have extraordinary eyesight, strength, and agility, a huntsman’s eye, coolness in a pinch, calculated recklessness, a full measure of courage and occasional luck!” — Jimmy Doolittle, instrument flying pioneer

“Don’t ever let a fear of failing keep you from knowing the joys of flight.” — Lane Wallace, aviation author and journalist

“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.” — James Edgar Johnson, Air Vice-Marshal of the British Royal Air Force

“I’ve learned more about people through my association with aviation than I ever did about airplanes.” — Paul Poberezny, founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association

“You can’t hug your grandchildren or visit your adult children online. Playing Internet golf is no fun. Having a vacation home loses a lot of its charm when it takes you two days of every three-day weekend to drive to it and back. A personal airplane changes all those dynamics.” — Alan Klapmeier, co-founder of Cirrus Aircraft

“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, inventor of the first flying machine

Learning to fly is one of humankind’s most inspiring achievements. When you learn to fly it changes who you are and how you think of yourself forever.” — John King, co-founder of the Schools

“I like to have around me people who find ways to do things, not tell me why they can’t be done.” — Olive Ann Beech, former Beechcraft CEO

“Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared. Eddie Rickenbacker.” — Eddie Richard, World War I flying ace

“One of the things I teach my children is that I have always invested in myself, and I have never stopped learning, never stopped growing.” — Chesley Sullenberger, airline captain of infamous US Airways Flight 1549

“Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.” — Socrates, philosopher

“It’s the same with anyone who’s been flying for years and loves it still… we’re part of a world we deeply love. Just as musicians feel about scores and melodies, dancers about the steps and flow of music, so we’re one with the principle of flight, the magic of being aloft in the wind!” — Richard Bach, author

“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, author

“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, philosopher

“I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand… Adventure is a state of mind – and spirit.” — Jacqueline Cochran, first female aviator to break the sound barrier

“Prepare for the unknown, unexpected and inconceivable … after 50 years of flying I’m still learning every time I fly.” — Gene Cernan, American astronaut, eleventh person to walk on the moon.

The highest art form of all is a human being in control of himself and his airplane in flight, urging the spirit of a machine to match his own.

Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death.

Sometimes, flying feels too godlike to be attained by man. Sometimes, the world from above seems too beautiful, too wonderful, too distant for human eyes to see.

Aviation is proof that given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.

Aviation has struck a delicately balanced world, a world where stability was already giving way to the pressure of new dynamic forces, a world dominated by a mechanical, materialist, Western European civilization.

Fly and you will catch the swallow.

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.

Aviation is a dynamic profession. The rate of obsolescence of equipment is high and new aircraft have to be placed in inventory periodically in order to stay abreast of the requirements of modern war

Pilots take no special joy in walking. Pilots like flying

Aviation records don’t fall until someone is willing to mortgage the present for the future

Any pilot can describe the mechanics of flying. What it can do for the spirit of man is beyond description.

The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space on the infinite highway of the air.

Flying was a very tangible freedom. In those days, it was beauty, adventure, discovery the epitome of breaking into new worlds.

Aviation is the branch of engineering that is least forgiving of mistakes.

In combat flying, fancy precision aerobatic work is really not of much use. Instead, it is the rough maneuver which succeeds.

Flying is more than a sport and more than a job; flying is pure passion and desire, which fill a lifetime.

Aviation constituted a new and possibly decisive element in preventing or fighting a war, and I was in a unique position to observe European aviation especially in its military aspects.

Flying prevails whenever a man and his airplane are put to a test of maximum performance.

Aviation is going to control the world economically and militarily whether we like it or not. Airpower is not merely military aviation, it is also civilian aviation and airpower is peace power.

Aviation is fine as a sport. But as an instrument of war, it is worthless.

Aviation will give new nourishment to the religious spirit of mankind. It will add airspace to those other great heighteners of the cosmic mood: the wood, the sea, the desert.

Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle.

The exhilaration of flying is too keen, the pleasure too great, for it to be neglected as a sport.

Flying is a lot like playing a musical instrument; you’re doing so many things and thinking of so many other things, all at the same time. It becomes a spiritual experience.

The fundamental magic of flying, a miracle that has nothing to do with any of its practical purposes of speed, accessibility, and convenience and will not change as they change.

In reference to flying through thunderstorms; A pilot may earn his full pay for that year in less than two minutes. At the time of incident he would gladly return the entire amount for the privilege of being elsewhere.

I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.