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Rules of the air that you cannot argue with

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  1. Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.
  2. 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.
  3. Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is.
  4. It's always better to be down here wishing you were up
     there than up there wishing you were down here.
  5. The ONLY time you have too much fuel is when you're on
  6. 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.
  7. When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No one has ever
     collided with the sky.
  8. A 'good' landing is one from which you can walk away. A
     'great' landing is one after which they can use the
     plane again.
  9. Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long
     enough to make all of them yourself.
  10. You know you've landed with the wheels up if it takes
      full power to taxi to the ramp. 
  11. The probability of survival is inversely proportional
      to the angle of arrival. Large angle of arrival, small
      probability of survival and vice versa.
  12. Never let an aircraft take you somewhere your brain
      didn't get to five minutes earlier.
  13. Stay out of clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps
      talking about might be another airplane going in the
      opposite direction. Reliable sources also report that
      mountains have been known to hide out in clouds.
  14. Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal
      to the number of take offs you've made.
  15. There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing.
      Unfortunately no one knows what they are.
  16. 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.
  17. Helicopters can't fly; they're just so ugly the earth
      repels them.
  18. 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.
  19. In the ongoing battle between objects made of aluminum
      going hundreds of miles per hour and the ground going
      zero miles per hour, the ground has yet to lose.
  20. Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the
      experience usually comes from bad judgment.
  21. It's always a good idea to keep the pointy end going
      forward as much as possible.
  22. Keep looking around. There's always something you've
  23. Remember, gravity is not just a good idea. It's the law.
      And it's not subject to appeal.
  24. The three most useless things to a pilot are the altitude
      above you, runway behind you, and a tenth of a second ago.
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