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10 Aviation Quotes That Could Save Your Life

1) Aviate, Navigate, Communicate.

If you're faced with an emergency, always remember to fly the airplane first, navigate to a point of landing second, and then communicate your emergency.

Swayne Martin

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

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3) When in doubt, hold your altitude; nobody ever collided with the sky.

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

5) Fuel is liquid altitude - the only time you will have too much is when you are on fire.

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6) Flying, like life, is full of precluded possibilities. Can't do... won't do... shouldn't do...

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7) It's better to be on the ground wishing you were the air, than in the air wishing you were on the ground.


8) Emergency landings are done to save lives, not airplanes.


9) Never let an airplane take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.

10) There are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old, bold pilots.

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Did we miss one of your favorite aviation quotes? Tell us in the comments below.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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