HOW TO BECOME AN OLD PILOT

Airline pilots were asked to state in a single sentence or less the one rule they never break and which they thought was most important in keeping them alive in the air. Their one-line answers form a mosaic law for survival. Do you have a one-line survival rule? Please send it to us, and we will put it up here.

- Be skeptical of all human inputs.

- Follow the book, donít shortcut.

- Maintain crew coordination.

- Plan ahead; be prepared.

- Recognize and combat complacency.

- Minimize nonessential talk during take-off, approach, and landing.

- Donít assume, double check.

- Think of the next two things.

- Always have a way out.

- Understand your limits and those of your airplane.