Ten Commandments for Safe Flight
from the intersection takeoff for, verily, the runway behind
as the altitude above thee, cometh not to thine aid when thou needest
linger on active runways lest thou become like unto ground
not thy checklists for many are the switches, handles, gauges and other
demons awaiting to take cruel vengeance upon thee.
thine eyes to thy right and also to thy left as thou passeth through
firmament lest thy fellow pilots bring flowers to thy widow and comfort
her in other ways.
this shall surely incur the wrath of thy neighbors and the fury of the
FAA shall be called down upon thy head.
ever mindful of thy fuel lest there be nothing in thy tank to sustain
upon the air and thy days be made short.
eyes to lead thee through the cloud lest the Archangel Gabriel await
trespass into the thunderstorm lest the tempest rend the wings from thy
chariot and cast thee naked into the firmament.
9. Put not
in weather prophets, for when the truth is not in, then they shall not
accompany thee among thy ancestors.
confirm thine airspeed on final lest the earth rise up and smite thee.