"Somewhere in their training, some yayhoo had told them that they should put the airplane in a landing attitude and keep it there until touchdown. I guess altitude is controlled by power. Here comes my grandfather. They are just plain WRONG!"
" The young pilot’s eyes widened as he watched ol’ Bob Bob perform a slow roll in the Shrike Commander while pouring a glass of iced tea… backhanded."
"Eventually, places which teach pilots to carefully fly closer to those extremes... won’t exist anymore either. They’ll be driven from town by a government agency and its dupes with their pitchforks and torches."
"Norton’s “phrase-book” consisted entirely of foul retorts, most of which began, featured or ended with the ubiquitous 'F-word'. "
"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”.
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,…
"At fifteen, she’s one of the youngest students I’ve taught. Predictably, she learns fast. Couple that with a lot of natural ability and interest and you’ve got a student who is great fun for a teacher".
"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."