The difference between a duck and a co-pilot? The duck can fly. A check ride ought to be like a skirt. Short enough to be interesting, but long enough to cover everything. Speed is life. Altitude is life insurance. It only takes two things to fly: Airspeed, and money. The three most dangerous things in aviation: 1. A Doctor or Dentist in a Cessna. 2. Two captains in a DC-9. Aircraft Identification: If it's ugly, it's British. If it's weird, it's French. If it's ugly and weird, it's Russian. Without ammunition, the USAF would be just another very expensive flying club. The similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies. If ATC screws up, the pilot dies. New FAA motto: 'We're not happy, till you're not happy.' If something hasn't broken on your helicopter -- it's about to. I give that landing a 9.......on the Richter scale. Basic Flying Rules: 1. Try to stay in the middle of the air. 2. Do not go near the edges of it. 3. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly in the edges. Unknown landing signal officer (LSO) to carrier pilot after his 6th unsuccessful landing attempt: "You've got to land here son. This is where the food is." The three best things in life are: A good landing, a good orgasm, and a good bowel movement. A night carrier landing is one of the few opportunities to experience all three at the same time.