1. Any pilot who does not at least privately consider himself the best in the business is in the wrong business.
2. It is best to keep the pointed end going forward as much as possible.
3. Hovering is for pilots who love to fly, but have no place to go.
4. The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.
5. A terminal forecast is a horoscope with numbers.
6. The only thing worse than a captain who never flew copilot is a copilot who was once a captain.
7. Takeoffs are optional. Landings are mandatory.
8. The first thing every pilot does after making a gear-up landing is to put the gear handle down.
9. No one has ever collided with the sky.
10. Fly it until the last piece stops moving.
11. Too many pilots are found in the wreckage with their hands around a microphone. Don't drop the aircraft in order to fly
12. If you're ever faced with a forced landing at night, turn on the lights to see the landing area. If you don't like what you
see, turn 'em off.
13. Speed is life. Altitude is life insurance.
14. It is better to be down here wishing you were up there than to be up there wishing you were down here.
15. Any attempt to stretch fuel is guaranteed to increase headwinds.
16. A thunderstorm is nature's way of saying, "Up yours".
17. A "good" landing is one which you can walk away from. A great landing is one which lets you use the airplane (or helicopter)
18. A smooth touchdown in a simulator is about as exciting as kissing your sister.
19. A good simulator check ride is like successful surgery on a cadaver.
20. An airplane may disappoint a good pilot, but it won't surprise him. A helicopter definitely will-frequently!)
21. Three things kill young pilots in Alaska: weather, weather and weather. (Better make that four. Stupidity for flying in that weather!)
22. Good judgment comes from experience. Good experience comes from someone else's bad judgment.
23. Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make them all yourself.