All About Pilots : Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava (Retd)

Compiled from the internet by Groupie Bhargava

1. As an aviator in flight you can do anything you want… As long as it’s right… And we’ll let you know if it’s right after you get down.

2. You can’t fly forever without getting killed.

3. As a pilot only two bad things can happen to you and one of them will. One day you will walk out to the aircraft knowing that it is your last flight in an aircraft. One day you will walk out to the aircraft not knowing that it is your last flight in an aircraft.

4. Any flight over water in a single engine aircraft will absolutely guarantee abnormal engine noises and vibrations.

5. There are Rules and there are Laws. The rules are made by men who think that they know better how to fly your aircraft 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.

6. More about Rules: The rules are a good place to hide if you don’t have a better idea and the talent to execute it. 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.)

7. The pilot is the highest form of life on earth.

8. The ideal pilot is the perfect blend of discipline and aggressiveness.

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

10. The job of the Wing Commander is to worry incessantly that his career depends solely on the abilities of his pilots to fly their aircraft without mishap and that their only minuscule contribution to the effort is to bet their lives on it.

11. Ever notice that the only experts who decree that the age of the pilot is over are people who have never flown anything? Also, in spite of the intensity of their feelings that the pilot’s day is over. we know of no such expert who has volunteered to be a passenger in a non-piloted aircraft.

12. It is absolutely imperative that the pilot be unpredictable. Rebelliousness is very predictable. In the end, conforming almost all the time is the best way to be unpredictable.

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

14. It is solely the pilot’s responsibility to never let any other thing touch his aircraft.

15. If you can learn how to fly as a Flying Officer and not forget how to fly by the time you’re a Squadron Leader, you will have lived a happy life.

16. 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.

17. 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!

18. Remember that the R/T is only an electronic suggestion box for the pilot. Sometimes the only way to clear up a problem is to turn it off.

19. 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 wings and not one’s life.

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

21. Mastering the prohibited manoeuvres is one of the best forms of aviation life insurance you can get.

22. A tactic done twice is a procedure. (Refer to unpredictability discussion above)

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

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

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


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2 Responses to All About Pilots : Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava (Retd)

  1. Shadbano Ahmad says:

    Dear Captain Kapil Bhargava,
    It is a pleasure to read what u have been writing. My father late Mr. Babar Mirza (from the erstwhile Hyderabad State) flew solo from Croydon to India in October 1932. He however, had to crash land in the Persian Gulf. His plane was sent to Karachi for repairs and in March/April 1933 he flow the Spartan back to Hyderabad. I have all authentic newspaper clippings describing his escapades. He was the first Indian to initiate and promote air mindedness in Hyderabad State and established the first Aero Club there on land owned by his parents. He joined the Deccan Airways in 1945/46 and later retired as Deputy Director, Civil Aviation in 1965.
    I wish to make email contact with u as I am writing about my father and will need your help because of your vast experience.
    I do hope you will find time to contact me :
    Phone: (613) 421-8020

    Shadbano Ahmad
    Ottawa, Canada

  2. Isn’t anyone taking up the challenge to put up some limericks? Maybe I will offer one more just to let you see how easy it is to make these up. They do not even have to make sense! Go for it – we are all gentlemen enough not to castigate you for what you might believe is not a good enough effort. Every bit of poetry, the madder the better, will be welcome. Dara has given us a free area to indulge in this jabberwocky.

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