Real flying rules

REAL Flying Rules, discovered in the Fairey Hangar at the Heathrow Airport. (Ce texte m’a été offert par un gentil ‘coordo’ de l’escale de Londres…)

 

  • Don’t take a machine into the air unless you are satisfied it will fly.
  • Never leave the ground with the motor leaking.
  • Don’t turn sharply when taxiing, instead of turning short have someone lift the tail around.
  • In taking off, look at the ground and the air.
  • Never get out of a machine with the motor turning until the pilot relieving you can reach the motor controls.
  • Pilots should carry hankies* in a position to wipe off goggles.
  • Riding on the steps, wings or tail of a machine is prohibited.
  • In case of the engine fails on take-off, land straight ahead regardless of obstacles.
  • No machine must taxi faster than a man can walk.
  • Do not trust altitude instruments.
  • Learn to gauge altitude, especially on landing.
  • If you seen another machine near you, get out of its way.
  • No two cadets should ever ride together in the same machine.
  • Never run the motor so that blast will blow out another machine.
  • Before you begin a landing slide see that no machines are under you.
  • Hedge topping will not be tolerated.
  • No spins on or tail slides will be indulged in as the unnecessarily strain the machine.
  • If flying against the wind and you wish to turn and fly with the wind, don’t make a sharp turn near the ground, you might crash.
  • Motors have been known to stop during a long slide ; if the pilot wishes to use the motor for landing he should open the throttle.
  • Don’t attempt to force machines onto the ground with more flying speed, the result is bouncing and ricocheting.
  • Aviators will not wear spurs* while flying.
  • Do not use aeronautical gasoline in cars and motor cycles.
  • You must not take-off or land closer than 50 feet to the hangar.
  • Never take a machine into the air until you are familiar with its controls and instruments.
  • If an emergency occurs while flying, land as soon as you can.
  • It is advisable to carry a good pair of cutting pliers in a position where both pilot and passenger can reach them in case of an accident.
  • Joy rides will not be given to civilians.

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