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1920 Flying Regulations


Here's something you bush pilots may appreciate.  Following are some regulations for operating aircraft as required by the U.S. Flying Service in 1920:

Don't take the machine in 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 sharp, have someone lift the tail around.
In case the engine fails on takeoff, land straight ahead, regardless of obstacles.
Never get out of the machine with the motor running until the pilot relieving you can reach the controls.
If you see another machine near you, get out of the way.
Pilots should carry hankies in a handy place to wipe off goggles.
Learn to gauge altitude, especially on landings.
Riding on the steps, wings or tail of the machine is prohibited.
No machine must taxi faster than a man can walk.
If flying against the wind and you wish to fly with the wind, don't make a sharp turn near the ground. You may crash.
Do not trust the altitude instruments.
Pilots will not wear spurs while flying.
Don't attempt to force the machine into the ground with more than flying speed. The result is bounding and richocheting.
If an emergency occurs while flying, land as soon as you can.