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    23 Aviation Rules

    Thought you guys may need to review these meaningful aviation
    rules.


    1. As an aviator in flight you can do anything you want, as long as
    it's right. And the FAA is always ready to let you know when it's not.

    2. If you are present for your NTSB hearing, your flight wasn't TOTALLY
    bad.

    3. There are Rules and there are Laws. The rules are made by men who
    think that they know better how to fly your airplane than you. The Laws (of
    Physics) were made by the Great One. You can, and sometimes should,
    suspend the Rules but you can never suspend the Laws.

    4. More about Rules:
    a. The rules are a good place to hide if you don't have a better
    idea and the talent to execute it.
    b. If you deviate from a rule, it must be a flawless performance.
    (e.g., If you fly under a bridge, don't hit the bridge.)

    5. The ideal pilot is the perfect blend of childishness and
    discipline.

    6. About check rides:
    a. The only real objective of a check ride is to complete it and
    get the bastard out of your airplane.
    b. It has never occurred to any flight examiner that the examinee
    could care less what the examiner's opinion of his flying ability really is.

    7. The medical profession is the natural enemy of the aviation
    profession.

    8. He who demands everything that his aircraft can give him is a pilot;
    he that demands one iota more is a fool.

    9. If you're gonna fly low, do not fly slow!

    10. It is solely the pilot's responsibility to never let any other
    thing touch his aircraft during flight.

    11. About night flying:
    a. Remember that the airplane doesn't know that it's dark.
    b. On a clear, moonless night, never fly between another
    aircraft's lights.
    c. There are certain aircraft sounds that can only be heard at
    night.
    d. If you're going to night fly, it might as well be in the
    weather so you can log both hazards.
    e. You would have to pay a lot of money at a lot of amusement
    parks and perhaps add a few drugs, to get the same blend of psychedelic
    sensations as a single engine night instrument flight during thunderstorm season.

    12. One of the most important skills that a pilot must develop is the
    skill to ignore those things that were designed by non-pilots to get the
    pilot's attention.

    13. At the end of the day, the controllers, ops supervisors,
    maintenance guys, weather guessers, and birds; they're all trying to kill you and
    your job is to not let them!

    14. The concept of "controlling" airspace with radar is just a form of
    FAA sarcasm directed at innocent pilots to see if they're gullible enough
    to swallow it. Or to put it another way, when is the last time the FAA
    ever shot anyone down?

    15. Remember that the radio is only an electronic suggestion box for
    the pilot. Sometimes the only way to clear up a problem is to turn it off.

    16. It is a tacit, yet profound admission of the pre-eminence of flying
    in the hierarchy of the human spirit, that those who seek to control
    aviators via threats always threaten to take one's certificate and not one's
    life.

    17. Remember when flying low and inverted that the rudder still works
    the same old way but hopefully your instructor never taught you "pull
    stick back, plane go up".

    18. Mastering the prohibited maneuvers in the POH is one of the best
    forms of aviation life insurance you can get.

    19. The aircraft G-limits are only there in case there is another
    flight by that particular airplane. If subsequent flights do not appear likely,
    there are no G-limits.

    20. One of the beautiful things about a single piloted aircraft is the
    quality of the social experience.

    21. If a mother has the slightest suspicion that her infant might grow
    up to be a pilot, she had better teach him not to break his toys.

    22. The ultimate responsibility of the pilot is to fulfill the dreams
    of the countless millions of earthbound ancestors who could only stare skyward
    and wish.

    23. Any flight over water in a single engine airplane will absolutely
    guarantee abnormal engine noises and vibrations.
    Steve Pierce

    Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
    Will Rogers

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    I dont care much for #9, but the others are OK......

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    I agree with you on Rule#9

    Steve we need to amend rule #9 to exclude aircraft with cub slow flight abilitys. Would that be aircraft with VGs or without VGs.

    Cub_Driver

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    Resurrecting an oldie but goodie.

    Some subtle truths like #19, and some straight-out facts like 6a and 6b.

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    23 Aviation Rules

    We have to amend 4b to read don't fly under bridges with Homeland Security cameras underneath them.

    NO it WAS NOT me.I don't have the juice to get out of that one.I heard the pictures are of pretty good quality though.

    Bill

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    We have to amend 4b to read don't fly under bridges with Homeland Security cameras underneath them.




    seriously

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    The old flying under the Piscatiqua trick. A guy has an imprudent lapse and it just never goes away. Anyone else ever received certified mail from the FAA, FBI, DOT, NTSB, US Navy, US Dept of Justice, and Dept of Homeland Security on the same day? Some people reach celebrity status in such a short span---no pun intended.
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    And NO---IT WASN"T ME EITHER!
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    23 Aviation Rules

    The aforementioned bridge http://en.structurae.de/photos/index.cfm?JS=86181

    Bill

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    http://seacoastauction.com/2001news/11_5c.htm

    NH and ME state police to increase surveillance of Piscataqua Bridge for SUSPICIOUS activity

    Armed patrols to protect bridges from marauding super cubs.
    "I would say it is going to be an indefinite thing," Nichols said. "We've directed our troopers that until further notice the increased patrols over the high-rise bridge will continue."

    Officials last week announced that threats had been made to attack a half-dozen suspension bridges in California and other Western states.

    In California, National Guardsmen armed with M-16s and Humvees have been patrolling the Golden Gate and other bridges since last week. Washington, Oregon and other Western states have taken similar measures.
    Marine Corps Aviation since 1966

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    Faster than a J-3, More powerful than an O-360, able to fly under bridges --in spite of barrage balloons and wires------It's a bird--it's a plane--It---It's,------as a matter of fact it is a plane. Who was that masked man, Tonto?
    Why----that's Ka, ----------Ka----------------KLLLLLLLL.
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    23 Aviation Rules

    Tom I talked to another guy in Maine who got accused of flying under a different bridge.No photos and no # and it was NOT him but they gave him a pretty hard time over it til he could prove otherwise.

    Bill

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    I know someone who flew under the Sagamore and the Newport Rhode Island bridges in a T-craft. And, someone else who flew under the Long Island bridge in Boston harbor while dodging a tugboat.
    N1PA

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    9. If you're gonna fly low, do not fly slow!
    What forum is this again??

    Phil

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    Pete,

    Was that plane you observed on floats?
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    The one under the Long Island bridge was a Lake.
    N1PA

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    Before 911, it was standard practice for the pilots flying in and out of Rhinebeck in there own aircraft to fly under the mid hudson bridge, I always thought it smarter to do it on the way outa town, then on the way in. Only know of one person getting into trouble and that was only because he later buzzed a boat with two state troopers in it.

    Glenn

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    Low and slow,
    The way to go;

    don't exclude cubs from #9, get ride of it!

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    low and slow...

    Perspective.

    around New York, 1,000 feet is low, and 100 kts is slow.

    Yesturday on the beach :P , yes, the REAL North Shore, low was below 10', and slow was under 60 mph with a student pilot at the controls.


    Depends where you is. right Cliff?
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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