Some rules of the air:

  1. Every take off 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, until you keep pulling the stick all the way back, then they get bigger again.
  3. Flying is not dangerous. Crashing is!
  4. It is 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 are on fire.
  6. The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, watch the pilot sweat!
  7. When in doubt, hold your altitude. No one has ever collided with the sky.
  8. A ‘good’ landing is one from which you can walk away from. 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 a lot of them yourself.
  10. You know you have landed with your 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 vise versa.
  12. Never let an aircraft take off somewhere if your brain did not get there five minutes earlier.
  13. Stay out of the clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps talking about might be another airplane going in the opposite direction. Reliable sources have also reported that mountains have been known to hide in the clouds.
  14. 80% of flying is done before you even get off the ground.