"He was the guy who invented the “ratcheting elevator”, he was the guy who first questioned the practice of teaching to “minimum standards”, but more importantly, he was the guy who made me realize how important it is not to rip off the students."
I once had an airline captain who, when asked to get right on someone’s butt on final, said, “Gee, I always wanted to do this, but can’t get away with it on the job!”
"If that was you, I’m sorry. But next time, say what you’re going to say and don’t cover my reply with a second transmit."
I recently received a message from a friend across the Atlantic. Earlier he had sought my help in defending himself from prosecutors who were after him for water-skiing his airplane. …
" For those of you who have a copy of “Brian’s Flying Book”, it used to be called “The Portuguese Roll” but I changed it because everyone was confusing it with the “Dutch Roll”."
"As I’ve pointed out in “Brian’s Flying Book”, a flyer is already more efficient by simply using the Tailwheel Town pattern."
One of the most famous movie lines is the one uttered by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz”. As Dorothy, she turns to her dog and exclaims,…
"With tolerance in mind, I realize that many of my flying friends are Acme proponents. I think they are wrong and that their flying skills are substandard as a result, but I’m not going to try to convince them."
"Tom, realizing that time was wasting, told the cop that he didn’t have time for all this badge foolishness. He took off. "
"Badly trained or inadequately practiced aviators really SHOULDN’T land here when conditions are tricky! But all rated pilots SHOULD be able to safely takeoff and land here, even if the conditions challenge their abilities."