"If there is one control that the beginning tailwheel pilot has difficulty with, it’s the rudder. I can’t tell you how often I hear a student say of the airplane, “It just doesn’t go the way I want it to!”
“if you’re ever in trouble, just give Flicka her head and she’ll bring you home”.
"We train ourselves every time we take to the air."
Some of my expressions get used a lot. They also prove to be fodder for good-natured ribbing on the part of my friends and students. As is often the case,…
"Most pilots cannot land power-off on a spot that is located 1200 feet directly below them."
" The Migs had been hurriedly painted with Ukrainian colors and the trident-looking symbol of Ukraine. It may have looked like it was painted with a broom but, by gawd, it wasn't Soviet anymore!"
" Most commonly it gets misused to yank the nose up and momentarily increase “G” force and thus stall speed while it’s buddy, the rudder, is busy skidding the plane, sending another hapless pilot to the Westward regions."
“Hmm, looks a bit high… I better bring it down a bit”, I muttered to myself. “Yeh, that’s about right.”
"As an added complication, I felt it might be a good idea not to crash into the camera car, which was racing alongside me down the runway."
"Although most kids are afraid of real aerobatic maneuvers like loops and rolls, they are almost universally delighted by the simple sensation of zero “G”s."