Favorite Aviation Quotes?

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Re: Favorite Aviation Quotes?

Posted by Terrell Lockett on Apr 16, 2018 7:58 am

quote 1: "Stop, you are from Alabama. Act like it. Slow your words and realize if they (ATC/Tower) need some info from you they would ask"
quote 2: "Paint don't make it fly"

One of my mentors was an old Alabama Vietnam vet who was awarded the Silver Star. He was one of those people who are speak slow and in brief words, but speaks volumes. The hardest part to get adjusted to was the tempo and order of the aviation communication with ATC and tower. I would overthink it and say things out of order and start to stress causing me to "get behind the aircraft". He would say "Stop, you are from Alabama. Act like it. Slow your words and realize if they (ATC/Tower) need some info from you they would ask".  That helped me realize that the paid professionals at ATC and tower personnel have probably seen and heard almost everything and my little mistakes where just that little.
When i went to buy my first airplane the eye candy would appeal over smoh, compression, avionics, and practical use for me. His advice there was "Paint don't make it fly". I know it helps in aerodynamics but it is minor in the grand scheme of taking flight. I use the latter quote when advising others on purchasing aircraft all the time.    

Re: Favorite Aviation Quotes?

Posted by Kevin Dahlhausen on Apr 16, 2018 9:11 am

Terrell,

Thanks - those are well worth remembering.   Your CFI sounds like a one in a million.

Re: Favorite Aviation Quotes?

Posted by Hunter Vaughan on Apr 16, 2018 11:26 am

"there is nothing safer than flying... Its crashing thats dangerous!"

Re: Favorite Aviation Quotes?

Posted by Richard Gallaher on Apr 16, 2018 12:07 pm

I must have been born as a bird because I was always looking up and could Identify planes by just the sound of their engines long before I learned to fly.

Re: Favorite Aviation Quotes?

Posted by Gerald Skoog on Apr 23, 2018 3:35 pm

This is a variation on a theme, but it was the first version I heard, and still fly by it.  "The three most useless things in aviation- the air in the fuel tank, the runway behind you, and the altitude above you".