"...as an ag plane, it’s chances of crashing were excellent indeed. "
I once helped drag an Astra Jet backwards from where it had come to a rest after running off the departure end of a runway. It rested in the mud…
"Most flight schools insist on a long upwind departure to an arbitrary altitude, ignoring the suitability of the land below for an emergency landing."
" Bob’s dead stick acro and landings are legendary. Jim was famous for his Waco acro act, but his comedy act with a Super Cub was absolutely riveting to watch."
"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."
"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."
“What the hell is ‘the Swoop’?” I don’t actually get asked that question all the time, but I know it’s been lurking there in the minds of many readers.
The importance of putting your airplane precisely where you want it and of using runway wisely