38 Fighter Pilot Toasts

The United States Air Force has been facing recent shortages in fighter pilots in recent years. The current 200 pilot shortage is expected tog grow to 700 in the years to come unless bonuses and other retention incentives are encouraged. Increases in pay bonuses and incentives of $225,000 or more for 9 year contracts have been made a part of the Aviator Retention Program. The growing demand for family stability has been considered a leading cause for decreasing retention rates. For those celebrating new career moves or family changes among their fellow fighter pilots, a collection of fighter pilot toasts can be shared with others.

A checkride ought to be like a skirt, short enough to be interesting but still be long enough to cover everything.

Always remember you fly an airplane with your head, not your hands.

An airplane flies because of a principle discovered by Bernoulli, not Marconi.

An airplane will probably fly a little bit overgross but it sure won’t fly without fuel.

Aviate, Navigate, Communicate.

Believe your instruments.

Cessna pilots are always found in the wreckage with their hand around the microphone.

Don’t drop the aircraft in order to fly the microphone.

Experience is a hard teacher. First comes the test, then the lesson.

Experience is the knowledge that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

Fighter pilots make movies, attack pilots make history.

Fly it until the last piece stops moving.

Flying is hours of boredom, punctuated by moments of stark terror.

Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man…. Landing is the first!

Hovering is for pilots who love to fly but have no place to go.

I’d rather be a chicken than a turkey.

I’d rather be lucky than good.

If it’s red or dusty don’t touch it.

If we are what we eat, then some pilots should eat more chicken.

If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger, if you pull the stick back they get smaller.

If you’re ever faced with a forced landing at night, turn on the landing lights to see the landing area. If you don’t like what you see, turn ‘em back off.

It’s better to be down here wishing you were up there, than to be up there wishing you were down here.

It’s better to break ground and head into the wind than to break wind and head into the ground.

Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.

Learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make all of them yourself.

Never let an airplane take you somewhere you brain didn’t get to five minutes earlier.

No one has ever collided with the sky.

One peek is worth a thousand instrument cross-checks.

Regards engine power: Lots is good, more is better, and too much is just enough.

Rule one: No matter what else happens, fly the airplane.

Speed is life, altitude is life insurance.

Standard checklist philosophy requires that pilots read to each other the actions they perform every flight, and recite from memory those they need every three years.

The propeller is just a big fan in the front of the plane to keep the pilot cool. Want proof? Make it stop; then watch the pilot break out into a sweat.

Think ahead of your airplane.

Those who hoot with the owls by night, should not fly with the eagles by day.

To go up, pull the stick back. To go down, pull the stick back harder.

Truly superior pilots are those who use their superior judgment to avoid those situations where they might have to use their superior skills.

Without fuel, pilots become pedestrians.

The aviation industry is believed to remain static for the next few years. This is due to the continued recession and current economic conditions that have inhibited growth. An estimated 63% of companies in the industry believe that consumers are mostly influenced by price. However, the strongest growth region in the world right now is Asia.

2013 Aviation Statistics

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