>> FLYING FOR DUMMIES >> >> 1. Every take-off is optional. Every landing is mandatary. >> >> 2. If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger. If you pull >> the >> stick back, they get smaller. That is unless you keep pulling the stick > all the way back, then they get bigger again. >> >> >> 3. Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is. >> >> 4. It is 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. If it stops, watch the pilot sweat. >> >> >> >> 7. When in doubt, increase your altitude. No one has ever collided with >> the sky. >> >> 8. A good landing is one from which you can walk away. A "great" >> landing >> is one after which they can use the plane again. >> >> >> >> 9. You know you have landed with the wheels up if it takes full power >> to >> taxi to the terminal. >> >> 10. The probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle > of arrival. >> >> 11. Never let an aircraft take you somewhere your brain didn't get to > five minutes earlier. >> >> 12. Stay out of clouds. The silver lining might be another aeroplane. >> Reliable sources also report that mountains have been known to hide >> there. >> 13. Always try to keep the number of your landings equal to the number > of your take-offs. >> >> 14. You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. > The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of > luck. >> 15. Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, experience > usually comes from bad judgment. >> >> 16. In the ongoing battle between objects made of aluminium going > hundreds of miles per hour and the ground going zero miles per hour, the > ground has >> yet to loose. >> 17. Helicopters can't fly, they're just so ugly the Earth repels them. >> >> 18. It's always a good idea to keep the pointy end going forward. >> >> 19. Keep looking around. There's always something you've missed. >> >> 20. Gravity is not just a good idea, it's a law. And not subject to >> appeal. >> >> 21. The three most useless things to a pilot are the altitude above >> you, >> the runway behind you, and a tenth of a second ago.