Aussie Rules

  1. Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.
  2. Flying isn’t dangerous. Crashing it what’s dangerous.
  3. It’s always better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down here.
  4. The ONLY time you have too much fuel is when you are on fire.
  5. The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.
  6. When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No one has ever collided with the sky.
  7. A ‘good’ landing is one from which you can walk away. A ‘great’ landing is one after which they can use the plane again.
  8. Learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make all of them yourself.
  9. Never let an aircraft take you somewhere your brain didn’t get to five minutes earlier.
  10. Stay out of clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps talking about might be another aeroplane in the opposite direction. Reliable sources also report that mountains have been known to hide out in clouds.
  11. There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.
  12. You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.
  13. Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bag judgement.
  14. It’s always a good idea to keep the pointy end going forward as much as possible.
  15. Keep looking around. There’s always something you’ve missed.
  16. Try to keep the number of landings equal to the number of takeoffs.
  17. If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger. If you pull the stick back, they get smaller. That is, unless you keep pulling the stick all the way back, then they get bigger again.
  18. You know you’ve landed wheels up if it takes full power to taxi.
  19. The probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival. Large angle of arrival, small probability of survival and vice versa.
  20. Helicopters can’t fly; they’re just so ugly the earth repels them.
  21. In the ongoing battle between objects made of aluminum going hundreds of miles an hour and the ground going zero miles per hour, the ground has yet to lose.
  22. Air above you is just as useful as runway behind you.
  23. Remember, gravity is not just a good idea. It’s the law. And it’s not subject to repeal.
  24. The three most useless things to a pilot are the altitude above you, runway behind you, and a tenth of a second ago.
  25. If all you can see out of the window is ground that’s going round and round and all you can hear is commotion coming from the passenger compartment, things are not at all as they should be.

2 Responses to Aussie Rules

  1. Mungo October 27, 2009 at 15:33 #

    Seen this a few times before. Brilliantly funny, but also nuggets of wisdom contained within!

  2. Sylvia October 27, 2009 at 22:20 #

    "Never let an aircraft take you somewhere your brain didn

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