(Note to our readers: "Hangar Doors" is one of the stories that is featured in our audio CD, "Nuts from a Blind Squirrel". As one of the most popular stories…
"My nickname became “Gayle Force.” Other pilots would cringe when they saw me coming."
"Most of my students have heard me quote one of Bill Warren’s favorite expressions: “No guts, no air medal”. There is a lot more truth than poetry in that line."
"Why is it so difficult for many pilots to keep it straight on takeoff and why do they often tend to have more trouble after the airplane has accelerated to nearly flying speed?"
"Hooper and I chortled as we closed on the biologist. We swooped right over her head. As we pulled up we turned enough to see the four wheeler behind us and below, wobbling back and forth as the terrified driver recovered from the scare of being buzzed by that little Cessna."
" Everyone learns that the steeply banked, slow coordinated turn is the one which loses an amazingly small amount of altitude.".
"Remember, the two major roles that a flight instructor must fill are that of teacher and protector."
I meet a lot of people who are former pilots. A lot of them. They all hold a pilot certificate and none of them have flown for years.
"...with winter comes really low density altitude and great performance..."
"I once witnessed a student and instructor perched in their 172 at the hold short line. The instructor was yakking up a storm. He was yakking so much, in fact, that we did four landings while they sat there with the engine (and the Hobbs meter) running. I think that student was being ripped off...."