"High Flight" with some FAA guidance...

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    This was posted on Hyperscale. May be an oldie but I thought it was worth sharing.

    "High Flight" is a famous poem by John Gillespie Magee Jr.(1922-1941). A Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, he died at age 19 ...in a mid-air collision during World War II. Here's his brief poem -- with a few notes now required by the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth,
    And danced the skies on laughter silvered wings;
    Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds -- and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of -- wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
    I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air....
    Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
    I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
    Where never lark, nor even eagle flew –
    And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space
    Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

    Notes: FAA ADDITIONS:
    1. Pilots must ensure that all surly bonds have been slipped entirely before aircraft taxi or flight is attempted.
    2. During periods of severe sky dancing, crew and passengers must keep seatbelts fastened. Crew should also wear shoulder belts as provided.
    3. Sunward climbs must not exceed the maximum permitted aircraft ceiling.
    4. Passenger aircraft are prohibited from joining the tumbling mirth.
    5. Pilots flying through sun-split clouds under VFR conditions must comply with all applicable minimum clearances.
    6. Do not perform these “hundred things” in front of Federal Aviation Administration inspectors.
    7. Wheeling, soaring, and swinging will not be attempted except in aircraft rated for such activities and within utility class weight limits.
    8. Be advised that sunlit silence will occur only when a major engine malfunction has occurred.
    9. "Hov'ring there" constitutes a highly reliable signal that a flight emergency is imminent
    10. Forecasts of shouting winds are available from the local FSS. Encounters with unexpected shouting winds should be reported by pilots.
    11. Pilots flinging eager craft through footless halls of air are reminded that they alone are responsible for maintaining separation from other eager craft.
    12. Should any crewmember or passenger experience delirium while in the burning blue, they are to submit an irregularity report immediately upon flight termination.
    13. Windswept heights will be topped by a minimum of 1,000 feet to maintain VFR minimum separations.
    14. Aircraft engine ingestion of, or impact with, larks or eagles should be reported to the FAA and the appropriate aircraft maintenance facility.
    15. Aircraft operating in the high untresspassed sanctity of space must remain in IFR flight regardless of meteorological conditions and visibility.
    16. Pilots and passengers are reminded that opening doors or windows in order to touch the face of God may result in loss of cabin pressure. Military pilots shall avoid touching face of God to maintain separation of church and state as required by law.
     
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