"While she craned her peepers to see the small flock of large birds, I was slowly gaining on her. That wasn’t going to last."
"If, like me, you fly a little low-horsepower beater, you may very well want to consider porpoising."
"I love this book. I will read it again when I can slowly savor the words and descriptions, and revisit those scenes Mr. Arnold has painted in my imagination."
"All my students hear me say the same things. One of them is, 'Where ya gonna go if your engine quits now?' "
"For an aviator, staying in your comfort zone virtually guarantees that you will not become a better pilot. Keep on doing that long drawn out 45 degree entry to the downwind. Keep practicing the stabilized approach. Keep doing only what you know how to do. Don’t fly a sailplane, don’t go upside down and, above all, never simply try to fly with more precision. That way you will guarantee that you will never leave your comfort zone."
"I felt like I was doing a “Pony Express Mount” on my little airplane as I chased Eric and Jami in their T-Craft down the taxiway and blasted into the air for Prospect."
"With that innocuous statement, the flight instructor has just set his student back and doomed him to perhaps a lifetime of faulty flying technique."
"One of the geezers on the bench perked up as we rolled to a stop in front of the gas pump. He slowly raised up off the bench and limped slowly over to the trailer, his gimpy leg causing him to lurch a bit like Walter Brennan."
“Yup, I think it’s time,” I said as I reached over the side of the wicker basket and brought my parachute aboard. It didn’t take more than about a millisecond for Margaret to realize what was going on.
"You can go ahead and obey the rule of always landing straight ahead in the boulder field if you want, but I’ll continue to teach my students to constantly analyze their options on every takeoff..."