Top 306 Pilot Quotes of 2020

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“I saw the pilot for ‘Girls’ about six months before it aired.”

― Adam Driver

“I’ve never made a show that goes right on the air and is perfect. People don’t remember, but the original ‘Goldbergs’ pilot was poorly received, and I had to retool that for ABC, where it eventually became a hit.”

― Adam F. Goldberg

“I had done another show called ‘United States of Cars,’ which was a pilot that didn’t get picked up. And they said, ‘You know, we’re doing ‘Top Gear,’ and would you like to meet the guys?’ It was the wild – most wild audition I ever had because I never went to a studio or a producer’s office.”

― Adam Ferrara

“Nine g’s is good, if the pilot can stand it. We couldn’t stand it. Not in the airplanes of World War II.”

― Adolf Galland

“I have been a fan of Dexter since the pilot. Once I got the audition I just squealed, and you would have thought I just won 45 million dollars.”

― Aimee Garcia

“As a child, I always wanted to be a race car pilot.”

― Ajith Kumar

“I use Pilot’s document ink, but their drawing ink is OK, too. It’s just that I don’t like the impression that clings to the pen tip.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I flew fighters for the Navy in San Diego for three years, went and did my post-graduate education, and then I was a test pilot in Patuxent River, Maryland, for a few years. I was back in the fleet in the Navy when I was selected to come back here to NASA to become an astronaut.”

― Alan G. Poindexter

“I was influenced by many, many different people in my student years, and I was always, I guess, immersed in a Navy environment, and so, obviously, that had a big impact when I decided what I wanted to do was go and be a Navy pilot. I was very familiar with the Navy community and felt very comfortable with it.”

― Alan G. Poindexter

“But when I was selected, after my very first tour of squadron duty, to become one of the youngest candidates for the test pilot school, I began to realize, maybe you are a little bit better.”

― Alan Shepard

“The pilot looked at his cues of attitude and speed and orientation and so on and responded as he would from the same cues in an airplane, but there was no way it flew the same. The simulators had showed us that.”

― Alan Shepard

“I always wanted to be on ‘Glee.’ As soon as the pilot aired, I said I needed to be on the show.”

― Alex Newell

“I don’t know much about writing a show or being a show-runner on a show, but I can only imagine that when you first cast a show and you first do a pilot, there are so many components that you’re throwing into the mix and you’re not sure how they’re going to develop.”

― Alison Brie

“The first thing I did for TV was a pilot for CBS.”

― Allison Anders

“I have often been asked what I think about at the moment of take-off. Of course, no pilot sits and feels his pulse as he flies. He has to be part of the machine. If he thinks of anything but the task in hand, then trouble is probably just around the corner.”

― Amelia Earhart

“Every pilot I’ve ever written, I’ve fallen deeply and madly in love with. It’s the only way I work.”

― Amy Sherman-Palladino

“I worked with people I admire; Josh Lucas, who I’d worked with many many years ago on a pilot called The Class of 61 and Kurt Russell, and so there were a variety of different people that I enjoyed working with.”

― Andre Braugher

“Allowing alternative narrative modes in popular entertainment may seem obvious, yet when you turn a pilot into the people upstairs and the main character isn’t after what she wants by the top of page two, you get treated as if you’ve failed at writing.”

― Andrea Seigel

“One of the best decisions we made on the ‘Arrow’ pilot was to have the Deathstroke mask. Within 30 seconds, you knew you were watching a DC comics show.”

― Andrew Kreisberg

“I’m going to write a whole pilot and see if anyone’s interested, and if not then I’ll just live out the tortured life instead of showing it on TV.”

― Andy Milonakis

“I did a couple of pilots that didn’t sell, a few movies, and one year of nightclub work, which I hated. Then I did the pilot of ‘The Brady Bunch’ and never had to do another nightclub.”

― Ann B. Davis

“When I was a young girl, I used to dream about what I would be when I grew up. I thought that I wanted to be a nurse, then a teacher, even a pilot at one point.”

― Anna Todd

“Every first episode of a season has been crafted like another pilot.”

― Anna Torv

“The sensation of writing a book is the sensation of spinning, blinded by love and daring. It is the sensation of a stunt pilot’s turning barrel rolls, or an inchworm’s blind rearing from a stem in search of a route. At its worst, it feels like alligator wrestling, at the level of the sentence.”

― Annie Dillard

“Because it flew without a pilot, the D-21 was designed to fly over territory where the U.S. was denied access and to take photographs of weapons facilities from altitudes as low as 1,500 feet. But the project was canceled on July 30, 1966, after a fatal accident at sea during the drone’s first official launch.”

― Annie Jacobsen

“We’ve seen other Internet people go to TV, and it’s bad because they take two months off to make a pilot, and their viewers have forgotten about them when they come back.”

― Anthony Padilla

“After ‘Entourage,’ it completely opened up my casting within the industry. People saw me for a lot of roles that I hadn’t been seen for before. Older roles. I went out this pilot season for a lot of lawyers and doctors. And cops – which I haven’t quite mastered yet; I find that quite difficult.”

― Autumn Reeser

“Dylan, myself and my father were in a two hour movie called The Sand Kings, which started off the Outer Limits series. It was sort of the two hour pilot movie.”

― Beau Bridges

“I’ve learned through experience that you can’t ever predict what’s going to happen with any show. When I signed on to ‘Ugly Betty,’ I just prayed that I wouldn’t get fired after the pilot, and four years later, I was still doing it.”

― Becki Newton

“Pilot season after pilot season, I read the same part: the wife who rolls her eyes at her somewhat immature husband that she still loves. Literally.”

― Beth Littleford

“For ‘Breaking Bad,’ it was like, that’s one of the best pilots, probably the best pilot I have ever read.”

― Betsy Brandt

“Mohammed al-Qahtani was not alleged to be a leader of the Sept. 11 plot. He was not trained as a pilot. If he was involved, he was one of the ‘muscle’ hijackers.”

― Bill Dedman

“I believe that 99 percent of successful TV shows change an immense amount from the pilot to the tenth or twelfth episode.”

― Bill Lawrence

“I always wanted to be a pilot.”

― Bo Jackson

“I wasn’t the first choice for the role of Danny Tanner. Betty White was. Not true, but there was another actor whom they had shot the pilot with.”

― Bob Saget

“People think coming in under the radar is like being a fighter pilot and actually coming in under the radar. It’s a completely ridiculous idea to come in under the radar. It’s the Olympics; everyone is on the radar here.”

― Bode Miller

“You read a lot of pilots during pilot season, and not all of them really grab you.”

― Brandon Jay McLaren

“I did some commercials and a couple of B movies, then a few pilots that didn’t go anywhere. Eventually I did the pilot for Beverly Hills, 90210. The rest is history.”

― Brian Austin Green

“I’m doing a pilot for Comedy Central with the band Steel Panther. They’re faux heavy metal. They started as kind of a tribute band out here, or a cover band, and they’re funny guys, and they just sort of morphed into their own thing.”

― Brian Posehn

“I was 14 or 15 when I moved to L.A. permanently, but I had been out for pilot season for a few years before that.”

― Britt Robertson

“I’m trying to be as green as I can. As an airline pilot, I have a carbon footprint that’s a size 10, so it’s pretty hard.”

― Bruce Dickinson

“Airplanes were invented by natural selection. Now you can say that intelligent design designs our airplanes of today, but there was no intelligent design really designing those early airplanes. There were probably at least 30,000 different things tried, and when they crash and kill the pilot, don’t try that again.”

― Burt Rutan

“Astronauts working for the government will always need to be either pilots or mission specialists. Those who want to be pilots should have military experience – ideally, a test pilot background.”

― Buzz Aldrin

“You read a million scripts during pilot season, and most of them are not very good, so the good ones really shine.”

― Caitlin Fitzgerald

“I don’t watch the show – only bits and pieces of all of them. The only one I sat through was the pilot.”

― Calista Flockhart

“I’ve been watching ‘Californication’ since the pilot aired and had always thought that it would be so much fun to guest star on.”

― Callie Thorne

“Coming in and out of Hollywood for pilot season, I may have to thicken my accent or hear that, physically, I’m not Latino. I not only am, but there’s another 50,000 people who look exactly like me.”

― Carlos Ponce

“Some infrastructure projects clearly require massive, coordinated investment – interstate highways or a new trans-Hudson tunnel, for instance. Others don’t have to. We should be unafraid of pilot projects and learning.”

― Cathy Engelbert

“I landed the role of Bravo 5, the only female fighter pilot in ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.’ I did my bit and fired my guns, but I haven’t a notion of which side I was on or who I was firing the guns at.”

― Celia Imrie

“So, I’m happy to do that because it’s a wonderful working relationship but I will be going out for pilot season for half hour work and that’s the gamble I’m taking.”

― Charisma Carpenter

“It’s better to write a pilot rather than write a spec show. In some cases, you have to do both, but more often, writing a pilot and having an original voice is more important.”

― Cheo Hodari Coker

“After high school in 1969, I was appointed to the Air Force Academy. In ’73, I studied for my postgraduate degree and became a USAF pilot in 1974. After my discharge in 1980, I became a commercial pilot and flew my first airline flight at Pacific Southwest Airlines in 1980.”

― Chesley Sullenberger

“I took my first flying lesson in 1967, when I was 16. By October 1968, I had 70 hours in the air and got my pilot’s license.”

― Chesley Sullenberger

“I’ve got funny things. David Duchovny had to have a cast made of his face to do an old person’s make-up, and I’ve got that cast of his face in my house. I’ve got something from the pilot, the original implant that was in Billy Miles’ head. I’ve got a sign from ‘The Erlenmeyer Flask.’ But my house isn’t a museum to ‘The X-Files!’”

― Chris Carter

“’The X-Files’ from the beginning was a very visual show, and with Bob Mandel directing the pilot and Dan Sackheim being involved in the production of the pilot and directing the first episode, they brought a visual style to it that was elaborated on by so many good directors.”

― Chris Carter

“My father was an airline pilot, so we travelled more spontaneously than a lot of families. On a Thursday, we could decide to go somewhere like Barbados the next day for a long weekend.”

― Chris Hadfield

“’Boldface’ is a pilot term, a magic word to describe the procedures that could, in a crisis, save your life. We say that ‘boldface is written in blood’ because often it’s created in response to an accident investigation. It highlights the series of steps that should have been taken to avoid a fatal crash, but weren’t.”

― Chris Hadfield

“I’ve already begun to put pilot programs in place that give CUNY grads opportunities to get good tech jobs. We should expand on that so that New Yorkers are getting those jobs, because those jobs are probably one of the biggest 21st Century pathways into the middle class.”

― Christine Quinn

“There’s no such thing as a natural-born pilot.”

― Chuck Yeager

“If you want to grow old as a pilot, you’ve got to know when to push it, and when to back off.”

― Chuck Yeager

“My first dream as a child was to become a pilot. My second dream was to become an astronomer, and I pursued in parallel efforts and studies in these two areas.”

― Claude Nicollier

“Growing up, I wanted to be a pilot!”

― Colin Donnell

“I decided I’d never do a series again, but I was offered a pilot for a series through Eddy Murphy Productions, and that was the gig that got me Parker Lewis.”

― Corin Nemec

“My pilot’s license. I’m proud of that.”

― Craig Ferguson

“I always wanted to tell stories. Well, at least, I always came back to the notion of storytelling when the glitz and glamour of being a special effects designer or a fighter pilot or a DEA agent wore off.”

― Cullen Bunn

“I think you have to do certain things in the pilot to get your network’s attention – to break through… So maybe you push a little further in the first show.”

― D. B. Sweeney

“I did a sitcom with Desi Arnaz Jr. in a pilot called ‘Whacked Out.’ We were bombing, and Lucille Ball grabbed the mic and started berating the audience.”

― Dana Carvey

“I’m shooting a pilot based on my show. It’s a one-camera show. I play myself.”

― Dane Cook

“What I do know is how difficult it is in this industry to get a show on the air. There’s so many different stages: getting a script bought by the network, then getting a pilot made and having that pilot go to series, and then, when that series gets on the air, having people watch it.”

― Daniel Dae Kim

“In between shooting for ‘Awake,’ I was attempting to have my own pilot season. The audition for ‘Anger Management’ actually came during a week that I was already testing for a couple other shows and we weren’t really letting any other shows into the mix.”

― Daniela Bobadilla

“After ‘Brothers & Sisters’ ended, I was back to the old game as an actor. Doing pilot season, choosing a script and figuring out what I wanted to do.”

― Dave Annable

“You always have that danger when you do a pilot of getting this gigantic chunk of change, and all of a sudden you’re like, ‘It’s going to run forever, and I’m buying a house in the Hollywood Hills.’”

― David Denman

“I’ve known numerous actors who got a pilot that they thought was going to run forever, and they went out and blew all of the money. Now they’ve got a mortgage they can’t pay for.”

― David Denman

“Not long after I got my test pilot qualification, I realised there was no manned space flight programme in the U.K., and there was unlikely to be one.”

― David Mackay

“It’s so hard to make a comedy pilot and have a cool idea.”

― David Walton

“The first season of a show is kind of like an extended pilot. You’re only really on the map if it goes a second season.”

― David Walton

“I’ve always been someone who can just move. Some people in L.A. are addicted. They have to be here; they come for pilot season and stay here.”

― Debi Mazar

“If you don’t trust the pilot, don’t go.”

― Denzel Washington

“We did exactly what everybody in the country did, watching it. You entered this state of sort of denials. You think, well, it must have been a tragic accident by an amateur pilot. And then you see the next plane coming.”

― Diane Sawyer

“If I’m not on stage, I’m a pilot. I like flying planes; I have a little plane back in Nashville.”

― Dierks Bentley

“People were watching the TV set, and they said three rock-and-rollers died – Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, The Big Bopper, including the pilot. I walked out of the hotel. I got on the bus alone. Their clothes were hanging on the racks, their guitars on the seats.”

― Dion DiMucci

“I did do an American pilot, but it wasn’t shot in America, it was shot in South Africa. It was called ‘The Philanthropist,’ and it was for NBC.”

― Dominique McElligott

“What I was most curious about was why Armstrong, a top U.S. Navy test pilot, flying the most advanced aircraft in the world, would want to join the astronaut corps in 1962, which included chimpanzees and monkeys.”

― Douglas Brinkley

“Richard Kerry not only was a pilot in World War II, but was a civil servant. He did not come from money.”

― Douglas Brinkley

“So, whenever Scooter was the Pilot, he never had a chance to fly the orbiter. So, the joke is: I’m going to have a chance to fly it first and hand it over to him.”

― Duane G. Carey

“And, I wouldn’t consider myself to be a natural pilot; I’ve had to work at it.”

― Duane G. Carey

“I have a TV show, a radio show. I’ve authored two books. I own a construction company, own a commercial fishing lodge, and am a pilot.”

― Ed Schultz

“There is a peculiar gratification in receiving congratulations from one’s squadron for a victory in the air. It is worth more to a pilot than the applause of the whole outside world.”

― Eddie Rickenbacker

“I shall never ask any pilot to go on a mission that I won’t go on.”

― Eddie Rickenbacker

“The ‘Lost’ pilot was wide enough and included enough things so that when Season Five came, and we spent half of the year in 1973, nobody cried foul. It felt like it was already a part of the DNA.”

― Edward Kitsis

“I was a complete unknown when I did ‘Karate Kid.’ I’d just done a pilot for a TV show called ‘Call to Glory.’ And I sat down with John Avildsen and brought still pictures from the show. I brought pictures! At that point, I would’ve been happy to be in a dog-food commercial.”

― Elisabeth Shue

“I realized how important it was to know something about aviation, and it was something I was interested in, so I followed my brother’s footsteps and obtained my pilot’s license.”

― Ellen Ochoa

“I’ve not been distracted by a long-running TV show or visits to America for pilot season.”

― Elliot Cowan

“My grandfather was a general in the Nationalist Chinese Air Force during World War II, and I grew up hearing the pilot stories and seeing pictures of him in uniform.”

― Eric Liu

“My grandmother was a flight attendant; my mother had a pilot’s license, and my grandfather was a pilot. That’s how my grandmother and grandfather met.”

― Erika Christensen

“One of my best friends was the first U.K. female fighter pilot.”

― Esther McVey

“I want to find a nice decent job as a helicopter pilot.”

― Felix Baumgartner

“I’m 100 percent sure I’m becoming a really good helicopter pilot.”

― Felix Baumgartner

“So many actors started on soap operas. So yeah, I’d graduated Julliard and done some theater. I’ve done a few guest spots on TV but nothing that long-term. I did a little ‘E.R.’ back when it was on, and a pilot for ‘Cold Case.’”

― Finn Wittrock

“My daddy was a World War I pilot, and I just wanted to be able to fly like he did.”

― Forrest Bird

“I did a terrible television pilot that was so badly written and dumb that it became a turning point for me and I decided that I would never accept a job just because I needed the money.”

― Fran Drescher

“If I had the uniform on, you didn’t doubt for a moment I was a pilot. No one ever blinked an eye if I tried to cash a cheque wearing that uniform.”

― Frank Abagnale

“I was always accepted at par value. I wore the uniform of a Pan Am pilot; therefore, I must be a Pan Am pilot.”

― Frank Abagnale

“I wasn’t a Pan Am pilot or any other kind of pilot.”

― Frank Abagnale

“Airline pilots are men to be admired and respected. Men to be trusted. Men of means. And you don’t expect an airline pilot to be a local resident. Or a check swindler.”

― Frank Abagnale

“She glances at the photo, and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes.”

― Frank Deford

“As an actor, and as you get to a certain level… and it’s pilot season and you read the trades, you could have a nervous breakdown. ‘So-and-so’s signed for a pilot. Why aren’t I?’”

― Fred Willard

“If you go to pilot then you are probably going to go to series. That’s my feeling about it.”

― Gabriel Macht

“I’m going to go do a Netflix series. It’s straight-to-series, 10 episodes, probably go for three seasons. I’m going to direct the pilot and hopefully the last episode of the first season. The show is ‘Seven Seconds.’”

― Gavin O’Connor

“Here’s to the pilot that weathered the storm.”

― George Canning

“The glory of being a carrier pilot has certainly worn off.”

― George H. W. Bush

“The pilot came back and said he had just heard that Kennedy was shot.”

― George Smathers

“For the last four or five years, I had been in the position where I didn’t have to take a pilot. I took this one because the script and the people were terrific. It never frightened me. As we were doing the pilot, I could tell that it was working.”

― Gerald McRaney

“Every pilot thinks they’re the best pilot in the world. I think I’m the best pilot.”

― Gordon Bethune

“The most important decision you can make as a showrunner when you’re doing a pilot is who’s in it and who’s directing it.”

― Greg Berlanti

“There were moments where Supergirl gets a thrashing in the pilot, where if a man in the ‘Flash’ or ‘Arrow’ pilot got beat up, people didn’t visibly wince. And I watched in testing, people in the audience really became uncomfortable by the fisticuffs and the action. But then, they were elated and cheering at the end.”

― Greg Berlanti

“When you’re making a pilot, what you’re mostly thinking is, ‘Please let this be a real job, please.’”

― Hamish Linklater

“I’m at a little loss in terms of my Leave It To Beaver expertise, since I never watched an episode of the show – so the cast in the pilot could have been Martians or they could have been the regular cast for all I know.”

― Harry Shearer

“’Spinal Tap’ began as a mock rock band that we four – Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and myself – developed for an appearance on a TV pilot at the end of the 1970s. On our own initiative, we wrote and recorded most of the songs and performed them live in several music clubs around L.A. before any cameras rolled.”

― Harry Shearer

“I got canceled in the middle of making the pilot.”

― Harvey Korman

“I did the pilot, and when they came through and said they were going to put it on the air, I had already some dates in the book with my band and so on. So Barry did the first one, he may have done a few more than the first one in the series, and I took it up from then.”

― Humphrey Lyttelton

“When I read the script for ‘90210,’ I thought, ‘Boy, this is very superficial,’ and it was. I mean, the pilot was all about the glitz and the glamour of Beverly Hills, the obnoxious kids, and the fish-out-of-water story of Brenda and Brandon Walsh. I couldn’t discern from that first script that the show would become very issue-oriented.”

― Ian Ziering

“I had never been to Boston before shooting the ‘Chasing Life’ pilot in 2012. I love it there!”

― Italia Ricci

“After the war, in which I served as a pilot in the Air Force, I took up films.”

― Ivor Novello

“My first pilot gig, in fact my first job in television, was ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ and the experience of directing that pilot was probably the single most formative of my directing life.”

― Jake Kasdan

“I had never worked in television before ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ and ‘New Girl’ is the first time since that I’ve worked on a series that is actually a series and not just a pilot.”

― Jake Kasdan

“I kind of joke that creating franchises is a lot like directing pilot episodes of TV series. You set a look and feel and kind of pass it on.”

― James Wan

“When I first did a U.S. pilot season, there were very few British actors schlepping around town trying to get into television. That was 1999.”

― Jamie Bamber

“I have long been a proponent of a guest-worker program between the United States and Mexico, and in particular I have proposed that Arizona would be an ideal location for a pilot project.”

― Janet Napolitano

“I did a pilot for Nickelodeon that didn’t end up going to series.”

― Janet Varney

“The pilot of ‘Seinfeld’ was made and dropped. ‘Seinfeld’ was not supposed to go to series.”

― Jason Alexander

“I wasn’t really interested in doing anything except going from pilot season to pilot season and sowing my oats in the months between and telling my agency to stop sending me movie scripts, because they’d pile up in my house and make me feel guilty because I had to read them.”

― Jason Bateman

“Between the ages of 12 and 15, I wanted to be a pilot because I thought it would be glamorous and dangerous.”

― Jed Mercurio

“If crimes are committed, they are committed by people; they are not committed by some free-floating entity. These companies and other entities don’t operate on automatic pilot. There are individuals that make decisions – and some make the right decisions, and some make the wrong decisions.”

― Jed S. Rakoff

“When I did the pilot, Mort was very real to me. When I got through with the ten weeks, Maura is even more real to me.”

― Jeffrey Tambor

“Like, to do a pilot, you don’t know what’s going to happen with it.”

― Jenna Elfman

“My first book, about Ruby Ridge, was made into a miniseries on CBS in 1996, and since then, I’ve dabbled in Hollywood, pitched a few things, sold a couple of screenplays and a pilot that I wrote with a buddy from Spokane, flirted with seeing ‘Citizen Vince’ as a film, and most recently, adapted ‘The Financial Lives of the Poets’ as a script.”

― Jess Walter

“Normally, you cast a pilot, and you have to make compromises about being political about who you cast.”

― Jill Soloway

“What they did was to make a pilot and it may well go to series at the next festival but I don’t have any news on that. It’s already been on Paramount actually, but as it’s on Paramount it’ll probably be on several more times… hopefully.”

― Jo Brand

“It was understood that when I left to do the pilot that I wasn’t coming back.”

― Joan Van Ark

“I did a pilot for Fox years ago called ‘Faceless,’ with Sean Bean. I always thought it was such a cool show because it was really raw. I thought we were pushing it. This was back at a time before there was the ‘cable standard.’”

― Joe Carnahan

“When we did the pilot, I sort of pictured this guy pirating a signal and then this story unfolding of him building this satellite and these robots and watching these bad movies.”

― Joel Hodgson

“When I was younger I wanted to be an airline pilot, but that lasted for about 30 seconds.”

― John Barrowman

“I got the pilot for ‘Scrubs’ sent to me, and in the margin for Dr. Cox, it said ‘a John McGinley type.’ So when I went in to audition, I said to Billy Lawrence, who’s a dear friend of mine, I said, ‘Well, I’m John McGinley.’”

― John C. McGinley

“Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness.”

― John Calvin

“I liked flying, when I got into it, loved it. And I found I was very good at it. I’m not modest about the fact that I was a good pilot.”

― John Glenn

“I had done one failed pilot. I remember, when it failed, I was like, ‘Oh my God, how does someone survive this? That’s it – that’s the end of my career; it’s over.’”

― John Krasinski

“I never made a career decision based solely on my desire to be an astronaut. I attended the Naval Academy because I wanted to be a Navy pilot. I majored in math because math had always come pretty easily to me and I liked it.”

― John L. Phillips

“I believe really deeply in the pilot process because you learn things about tone and casting. Even some of our best shows have had substantial re-shoots and reworking before they’ve gone on the air.”

― John Landgraf

“Sloth is the failure to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done – like the kamikaze pilot who flew seventeen missions.”

― John Ortberg

“It’s always interesting for me to watch the pilot of an established show because you see how the writers and actors weren’t really sure what the show was and what the dynamics were. If you look at the pilot for ‘Seinfeld,’ for example, it’s practically unrecognizable.”

― Johnny Galecki

“When you make a pilot, you’ve never seen the show before; you don’t know what it is.”

― Jonathan Krisel

“As a kid, I always wanted to be lots of things. I was a Walter Mitty type. I wanted to be in the French Foreign Legion, a detective, a doctor, a test pilot with a scarf, a fisherman who hauled in a tremendous marlin after a 12-hour fight.”

― Jonathan Winters

“JJ Abrams is definitely a guy that when he calls, you want to answer. He’s incredibly focused. When he was shooting the pilot on ‘Lost,’ we’d do a take and he’d go back to his tent and be working on the first episodes of ‘Lost’ as well as the cliffhanger for the eighth season of ‘Alias.’ He’s an incredible multitasker.”

― Jorge Garcia

“Before we shot the pilot, I knew what ‘Dallas’ was, but I actually was too young to remember the details of the show. I didn’t have my hands on the DVDs, so I YouTubed everything I could of J.R.”

― Josh Henderson

“I wanted to do everything. I wanted to be a pilot. I wanted to be a secret agent. I wanted to be a fireman and a doctor, all that. So I related that through movies and stuff.”

― Josh Holloway

“Working in MTV’s development team, my days would consist of pitches and deciding which concepts we wanted to buy. We would then develop those into a pilot. Very few ended up making it to a full series, but if they did, I would manage the project alongside the show’s creators.”

― Julia Hartz

“I had seen a Pfizer’s pilot plant in 1965 and decided that, ‘I’ll build a Pfizer.’ If not Pfizer, I have built Dr Reddy’s, which is no less respectable.”

― Kallam Anji Reddy

“I did a pilot for Anything But Love in 1988 that didn’t sell.”

― Kathryn Bigelow

“I spent one semester in Air Force ROTC, as I wanted to be a pilot.”

― Katie Jacobs Stanton

“I’m one of the only actresses in Los Angeles who has never waited tables – yet – and I’m so terrible at holding trays. When we shot the ‘Vampire Diaries’ pilot, I totally spilled water all down Nina Dobrev, and she had to get her hair and make-up redone.”

― Kayla Ewell

“I was fortunate enough to book a pilot, and we just got picked up for a midseason replacement for ABC. It’s called ‘Romantically Challenged,’ and I’m going to be playing Alyssa Milano’s little sister. The other actor in it is Kyle Bornheimer from ‘Worst Week’ – he’s hilarious.”

― Kelly Stables

“I’ll admit I wanted to be a pilot, originally.”

― Kent McCord

“My first inclination was toward flying and being a pilot.”

― Kevin A. Ford

“I still love a great pilot as much as I did the day I started at NBC.”

― Kevin Reilly

“What the hell is pilot season? It’s an artificial boundary that makes no sense, and it makes you do things under duress.”

― Kevin Reilly

“Pilots are useful. You just learn things during a pilot – the piece of casting that just wasn’t right or things about the storytelling nature.”

― Kevin Reilly

“A pilot is like the most extensive dress rehearsal you can ever imagine, because the writers are learning about the actors, the actors are learning about the characters.”

― Kim Cattrall

“Pilot season tends to be grueling, because you can be thrown all of these auditions at once – last-minute, always – and you’re going on three a day, especially back in the day.”

― Kim Dickens

“I have some eye problems from when I was a pilot.”

― Kirk Kerkorian

“Literally, when the pilot came out for ‘Glee,’ I think we had a watching party or something. We were all seniors, and everyone all of a sudden in the show choir were so excited. We were like, ‘This show is awesome. It’s so cool. This is exactly us.’”

― Kirstin Maldonado

“Sometimes you can see a pilot, and then when the series starts, it’s different people. That’s always possible.”

― Lamman Rucker

“I had this job at Hollywood Video, and during my worst audition ever, I forgot all of my lines in front of Chuck Lorre at the callback for the ‘Mike and Molly’ pilot.”

― Lamorne Morris

“I’ve pitched many things that have not gone, but every year, I’m in that pilot game like a lot of other writers in Hollywood.”

― Larry Wilmore

“Once my pilot and I push and jump into the sled, I hold on for dear life in the back while she skillfully and hopefully quickly navigates the two of us down a mile of icy, often bumpy, sharp right and left turns. I then pull the brakes at the end.”

― Lauren Gibbs

“The audition process for ‘Are You There, Chelsea?’ was overwhelming and exciting. It was my first pilot season and one of the first pilots I auditioned for.”

― Lauren Lapkus

“’The Originals’ is going to be an epic showdown of supernatural forces, and that was very evident in the pilot. I just wanted to be a part of that.”

― Leah Pipes

“I had CNN on in my hotel room every day while we were filming the pilot for ‘The Originals.’”

― Leah Pipes

“The famous pilot season literally sends shivers down my spine.”

― Lily James

“On ‘Masters of Sex,’ especially in the pilot, everybody was showing up word-perfect, and you’re expected to show up word-perfect.”

― Lizzy Caplan

“I got my first pilot license, an airplane private pilot license, in 1997 for the purpose of going to pick up my kids, who were living with their mother in Arizona, and I was in L.A. It was easier than to put them on a commercial flight. It was purely practical.”

― Lorenzo Lamas

“When you have an older group of players, they play on automatic pilot a lot of the time, but with youngsters, you have more intuition.”

― Louis van Gaal

“I grew up and I kind of took the road of becoming a pilot, which was another dream I had of flying, and once I did attend the air force academy, that dream of flying became more like a project, and I wanted to be a fighter pilot, which I did. I became a fighter pilot.”

― Luca Parmitano

“You learn to know a pilot in a storm.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“I was a part of the planning and attack package intelligence team for the strike against Syria in 1983 – in which we lost a pilot and had another one captured until Jesse Jackson got him out – and numerous other operations against Syria both before the Iraq war and during the insurgency.”

― Malcolm Nance

“We’re not militant, but there are certain things that are absolutely secret. There was a pilot printed on red paper, and I read everything on my iPad and have a scanner on my desk for these purposes. I scanned in the script, and red paper script scans in perfectly fine.”

― Marc Guggenheim

“I said, ‘Okay, it’s the year 2000, I’m getting a computer and a Palm Pilot.’ I know how to check my e-mail, and I’ve listed some phone numbers on it. Half the time the battery has gone out so I can’t use it.”

― Marc Jacobs

“I get so tickled when that pilot happens to be an African American because I rarely see that. The same is true when I go to find restaurants. I mean, most places I go, I kind of have some idea who the chef is, which is why I want to go.”

― Marcus Samuelsson

“We went down for pilot season, I got Full House, and we wound up never leaving.”

― Marla Sokoloff

“The pilot system in television is utterly broken. It’s a huge waste of money.”

― Marshall Herskovitz

“In 2001, I was an Air Force lieutenant colonel and A-10 fighter pilot stationed in Saudi Arabia, in charge of rescue operations for no-fly enforcement in Iraq and then in Afghanistan.”

― Martha McSally

“When I started at the Air Force Academy, I found out that I couldn’t be a fighter pilot simply because I had ovaries. That was enough to make me go for it.”

― Martha McSally

“Before I became a fighter pilot, everyone said that women didn’t have the physical strength. Well, I had just completed the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon.”

― Martha McSally

“I just personally decided I was going to be the first woman fighter pilot.”

― Martha McSally

“If I was a guy, based on how I performed in pilot training, I would have been able to have selected a fighter. I mean, I have always said unemotionally, if we want the best fighting force, why would we have 50 percent of our population not competing for these positions?”

― Martha McSally

“The reason I’ve never gone for pilot season even as a younger actor, and wouldn’t entertain that sort of thing now, is the idea of signing a piece of paper that binds me for six or seven years.”

― Martin Freeman

“When the SEC needs to be deterring corporate wrongdoing, the ‘penalty pilot’ program sends the wrong message.”

― Mary Schapiro

“I got my private pilot’s license in autumn 1986.”

― Mathias Rust

“I don’t have my pilot’s licence anymore, but I’m still very political.”

― Mathias Rust

“Six months after I moved to L.A., I booked the ABC pilot ‘Commander-in-Chief’ with Geena Davis. I played her son.”

― Matt Lanter

“Literally, my first audition after ‘The Life Aquatic’ was for the ‘Criminal Minds’ pilot.”

― Matthew Gray Gubler

“More people saw the pilot of ‘Glee’ than saw me in my entire 10-year career on Broadway.”

― Matthew Morrison

“Making a pilot is never a seamless process. If it is, it usually tanks.”

― Max Greenfield

“I’ve always wanted to be a fighter pilot. But I don’t want to kill people. I’d hate to.”

― Max Irons

“Nobody knew if the pilot would even get picked up because it had two gay lead characters, which has never happened before. And now every show has at least two gay characters, if not many more.”

― Megan Mullally

“Usually pilot season is very busy, and there are lots of auditions and lots of near misses and rejections. This year, I had two auditions, landed this role and it felt like being home again.”

― Melinda Clarke

“With ‘Twilight,’ you have these massive tomes that you have to condense. With ‘Penoza,’ we had an eight episode Dutch series that, just for the pilot alone, I condensed three episodes. So, there’s a lot of filling in and a ton of invention that has to happen to fill out eight episodes.”

― Melissa Rosenberg

“I wrote a pilot for myself. It’s about a Latina actress trying to make it in Hollywood. It’s pretty funny.”

― Melonie Diaz

“I’ve had a private pilot’s license for years and flown all round the U.K. and over to France.”

― Michael Gambon

“When I read the pilot of ‘The Sopranos,’ I wasn’t terribly blown away by it.”

― Michael Imperioli

“I’ve sold scripts in the past, and also a TV pilot that didn’t get made, to Fox. But yeah, I’ve been writing for a while.”

― Michael Jai White

“I have a rule: I want the pilot flying me up in the air at 30,000 feet to make more than a guy working at Taco Bell.”

― Michael Moore

“When I get on a plane, I don’t want a laid-back pilot. I want a pilot who is a control freak, who is paying attention to every single detail of his job.”

― Michael Ovitz

“The second episode of any new show can be tough. You have about a week to top the well-crafted and polished pilot episode that was written over six months.”

― Michael Patrick King

“So already, you go from not having a job and thinking you’re going to get fired after the pilot, to knowing that you’ve got a guaranteed job for 4 years.”

― Michael Shanks

“I had done a directing producing job before on ‘Big Day’ and ‘Jake in Progress,’ and those are two shows where I directed the pilot and stayed with it in series.”

― Michael Spiller

“The pilot is a sales tool; it introduces you to the characters and might set the template for what the show is meant to be, but there’s so many boxes you have to check off on a pilot that it can sort of hurt the storytelling in a way.”

― Michael Spiller

“Very few pilots even know how to read Morse code anymore. But if a pilot could read Morse code, he could tell which beacon he was approaching by the code that was flashing from it.”

― Mike Ferguson

“I thought I’d join the RAF and become a wing commander. I realised this wasn’t possible, although I do have a pilot’s licence.”

― Mike Oldfield

“My whole life, I wanted to be a fighter pilot; it’s what I wanted to do. I set up all of my classes for it, but I got lazy my senior year in high school and didn’t get my paperwork in.”

― Mike Vogel

“My husband was a pilot. He flew Elvis when Elvis first started making appearances around the country.”

― Minnie Pearl

“At the end of the day, it’s really, really difficult to make a brand-new show, to write a pilot where you have to introduce characters and everyone has to kind of be dynamic and have something different for themselves.”

― Missy Peregrym

“To be a bodyguard is to be a kamikaze pilot. Dedicated.”

― Mr. T

“When you’re writing a pilot, unless you already have an actor attached to the project, you’re writing it with all the voices sort of in your head. Once you actually cast it, the actors become the voices of the characters, and you start to write for them and their strengths.”

― Nahnatchka Khan

“I won’t name any names, but I’ve done a couple of shows where once the pilot got picked up, the creators openly said, ‘I have no idea where we’re going.’”

― Natalie Zea

“I saw the pilot, you know, because you have to have some knowledge of the piece that you are in, but I never saw an episode of ‘Lost.’”

― Naveen Andrews

“Anybody can pilot a ship when the sea is calm.”

― Navjot Singh Sidhu

“I had worked for ten years in theater; I had worked at Second City in Chicago. Then I got to Hollywood, and I was like, naively, ‘Where’s my pilot?’”

― Nia Vardalos

“In the summer of 2010, I had decided to get into film and TV writing, so I wrote scripts for six different ideas I had developed, and the pilot for ‘True Detective’ was one of them.”

― Nic Pizzolatto

“I came to New York and started doing stand-up and improv, and started auditioning for commercials and voiceovers and stuff. My first job was on a pilot of that prank show called ‘Boiling Points’ on MTV.”

― Nick Kroll

“One of the things I noticed about the ‘2 Broke Girls’ pilot was that it looked like a new episode in a season and not a pilot, and that’s an amazing sign.”

― Nick Zano

“I think the core of Jaime Lannister is actually that final line in the pilot when he says, ‘The things I do for love.’ He might do horrible things – and they are truly, some of them, horrific. There’s no excuses. But he does it out of what he sees as a necessity, out of love.”

― Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

“I was in the pilot for Spinal Tap before it was a movie.”

― Nina Blackwood

“Pilot season isn’t perfect, and it certainly is a very difficult time. But pilot season does work for us.”

― Nina Tassler

“I will say the scope of the ‘Supergirl’ pilot was incredible. I’ve personally never been involved in something with such a huge production value and scope.”

― Owain Yeoman

“My father was a fighter pilot, so I moved around the world when I was young. Then I ended up in Kansas.”

― Patty Jenkins

“Somehow, I knew you had to have perfect eyesight to be a test pilot, and so that was it for my astronaut career.”

― Paul Allen

“I don’t know how much credit I can take for ‘Walker, Texas Ranger,’ because I only worked on it for three weeks. I re-wrote the pilot, and then my name was on it forever.”

― Paul Haggis

“I am still a keen mountain walker and an enthusiastic glider pilot.”

― Paul Nurse

“In 1994, to motivate me to complete my pilot’s license, my good friend, Gregg Maryniak, gave me Charles Lindbergh’s autobiography of his solo flight across the Atlantic.”

― Peter Diamandis

“I was doing an investigative article on arms trafficking that was taking me through Eastern Europe and the Middle East. And after I had interviewed a helicopter pilot who had been ferrying weapons into Liberia, I realized as I left the restaurant that I was being followed and set up for an ambush.”

― Peter Landesman

“My breakthrough was when I began to write during my commute, at first taking notes on my Palm Pilot, and then moving on to writing full prose on the tiny QWERTY keyboard of my iPaq smartphone. I got so fast that I was averaging 400 words during the 35 minutes or so I spent on the subway each way, or 800 words round trip.”

― Peter V. Brett

“I’ve been as a pilot involved in the Gulf War. And then, in the No-Fly Zone.”

― Philippe Perrin

“Whenever I pick a script, I make sure I’m choosing something I would want to watch. And ‘Quantico’ was something I’d definitely want to watch. As soon as I read the pilot – and I read 26 this season – I knew this was it.”

― Priyanka Chopra

“And so we were asleep there in San Diego. And our pilot called us. And his brother was on one of the other planes. And when he was leaving the airport, he saw in his rear view mirror that there was an explosion.”

― Reba McEntire

“I read it in college as an assignment. I didn’t think about it at the time. But when I heard there was a ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ pilot, I freaked out.”

― Reed Morano

“Observe, orient, decide, act. It’s fighter pilot terminology. If you have the faster OODA loop in a dogfight, you live. The other person dies. In Silicon Valley, the OODA loop of your decision-making is effectively what differentiates your ability to succeed.”

― Reid Hoffman

“I did a pilot for a show about community support officers, and all the community support officers were pleased that we didn’t portray them as idiots.”

― Rhys Thomas

“I wrote a script – a script about a guy working on the automobile assembly line; I never could get money for that. I did a pilot about minimum wage workers for HBO that didn’t get picked up; they thought it was depressing, even though it was a comedy.”

― Richard Linklater

“I would have become a pilot if it wasn’t for my poor eyesight and the fact that I am hopeless in science.”

― Richard Quest

“I’ve always said that it’s like being the winner of three separate lottery tickets – getting a pilot, getting the pilot picked up, and having a show that actually lasts. There are no guarantees, and no one knows where a show is going to go.”

― Rick Hoffman

“I was a fighter pilot, flying Hurricanes all round the Mediterranean. I flew in the Western Desert of Libya, in Greece, in Syria, in Iraq and in Egypt.”

― Roald Dahl

“I wanted a woman who had the body and the power of a real pilot. I interviewed hundreds of woman, but Jessica just seemed perfect for the part. I couldn’t get her out of my head. I continued to bother her and she finally gave in.”

― Rob Cohen

“There are a huge amount of people who sell a TV pilot every year, but most of them never get produced. It’s very easy to make a living and never get anything produced.”

― Robert Ben Garant

“I created ‘Dinner: Impossible’ with a guy named Bryan O’Reilly and I shot the pilot as a 30 minute show and we sold it.”

― Robert Irvine

“The 19 hijackers that came over here to commit the attack on Sept. 11, there were those that were at the bottom of the line. There were those who were the principal conspirators. There were those who were the pilot. Everybody has a role.”

― Robert Mueller

“As a pilot, I can tell you drones may be a lot of things; airplanes they are not.”

― Robin Hayes

“I developed the pilot for ‘Entertainment Tonight’ with Jack Haley, Jr. and Al Masini, who became my business partner in ‘Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous,’ ‘Runaway’ and several other shows and specials.”

― Robin Leach

“I’ve been enjoying ‘Life on the Mississippi’ by Mark Twain that I picked up at the airport randomly. It’s very witty and interesting to read about his time as a steamboat pilot.”

― Roman Coppola

“I did want to be a pilot. I wanted to be a military pilot because I liked airplanes. I was interested in modeling airplanes.”

― Roman Romanenko

“Let’s take flight simulation as an example. If you’re trying to train a pilot, you can simulate almost the whole course. You don’t have to get in an airplane until late in the process.”

― Roy Romer

“With pilot season, you have to jump through so many hoops, there are so many people in the room, you end up doing four or five auditions. You’re just quaking by the end of it.”

― Ryan Cartwright

“On a standard space shuttle crew, two of the astronauts have a test pilot background – the commander and the pilot.”

― Sally Ride

“My main incentive now is to be so successful that I can get a private jet and sit with the pilot. I got upgraded to first class the other week, but even there I was still scared. I could be massaged for the whole flight and still think I’m going to die.”

― Sam Smith

“I get inspired when I look at Tom Lennon, who did ‘Reno 911!’ for six seasons while writing huge movies and directing and also doing other pilots; he did that FX pilot, the ‘Star Trek’ thing.”

― Scott Aukerman

“After I graduated Star City school, I entered to the Tambov Military School of Pilots because I really wanted to be a pilot, and in Russia, it’s one of the steps of how you make a career as a cosmonaut. You have to be a military pilot or an engineer.”

― Sergey Volkov

“My auntie and uncle live in Inglewood, and I used to stay with them when I would come to L.A. to audition for pilot season and other things like that.”

― Shameik Moore

“I was in the pilot of ER: I played a 15-year-old pregnant girl they were treating. And then, in the final season, they were casting for interns.”

― Shiri Appleby

“Pilots have their names painted just beneath the canopy of their aircraft. This gives the pilot a sense of ownership for his or her jet. What’s more, like cars, each aircraft has its own personality, so it’s important for a pilot to get to know and love his aircraft.”

― Simon Sinek

“During World War II, the pilot losses were staggering. In some bombing raids, as many as 80% of the planes that left did not return.”

― Simon Sinek

“As a television producer, you do a lot of writing – drafting proposals for pilot shows and other things, so yes, a good deal of writing was involved.”

― Simon Toyne

“Sometimes I hear the crowd cheering, and most of the time your body’s on auto pilot, so sometimes even after I do a floor routine, I’m like, ‘Did I really just do that?’”

― Simone Biles

“As probably is known, I did not want my husband to join politics. He was not keen to join politics. He was very happy as a pilot.”

― Sonia Gandhi

“When ‘Hung’ got canceled, I was available for pilot season, and ‘Arrow’ was the first thing I auditioned for. It wasn’t the first script that came to me, but it was my first audition.”

― Stephen Amell

“I directed 24’s pilot. I felt we should follow the characters around as if we were a documentary crew, using available light, hand-held cameras, split screens, sound that isn’t always what it should be, to suit the reality of the premise.”

― Stephen Hopkins

“James Salter has been a fighter pilot, a rogue, and a climber. He counts Robert Redford as a friend.”

― Stephen Rodrick

“And so, I was not a military test pilot, but as soon as NASA expressed an interest in flying scientists and people who were not military test pilots, that was an epiphany that just came like a stroke of lightning.”

― Story Musgrave

“I think every test pilot’s dream is to be on the start of something that’s brand new.”

― Sunita Williams

“As a child, I wanted to be an astronaut, then a fighter pilot, and then later, as I grew up, I was focused on scoring high marks so that I could do an MBA in marketing.”

― Taapsee Pannu

“I had been pursuing a Ph.D. in political science when my National Guard unit was sent to Iraq. Eight months into our deployment, in November 2004, a rocket-propelled grenade fired by Iraqi insurgents tore through the pilot’s side of the Blackhawk helicopter I was flying.”

― Tammy Duckworth

“The ADA is essential in helping me overcome the obstacles I face as a Wounded Warrior and empowers me to assist other veterans. It allows me to be physically active, have my pilot’s license, and serve in Congress.”

― Tammy Duckworth

“I was only 11 when we filmed the pilot. The idea of a rapper being a star on a sitcom just wasn’t heard of.”

― Tatyana Ali

“Networks can typically invest tens of millions of dollars in the development of a pilot. And if they put the show on the air and it fails, that’s all lost money. There’s no monetization of a broken series.”

― Ted Sarandos

“My grandfather was an engineer who invented the automatic pilot for airplanes.”

― Temple Grandin

“The pilot is the wedding, and the series is the relationship.”

― Thomas Gibson

“When I moved to L.A. in 1989, the very first thing I did was this horrific pilot called To Protect And Surf.”

― Thomas Haden Church

“We did one pilot for FOX which was about this couple that moves to a town, and we play everyone in the entire town. So it was like a Peter Sellers film.”

― Thomas Lennon

“There was so long from when we did the pilot and then when the show was eventually picked up by Comedy Central – and, in fact, we had to shoot the pilot twice.”

― Thomas Lennon

“As actors, if you get a pilot on HBO or on USA, your odds are good that it’s going to get picked up.”

― Tim DeKay

“During the pilot, director Len Wiseman and I discussed how Lucifer views humanity, and we can came up with this notion that he sees them as lab rats.”

― Tom Ellis

“Yes, I am a pilot. I am a flight instructor and a commercial pilot.”

― Treat Williams

“I’m trying to conquer swimming. I’m getting there. I’ve gotta conquer it. I had a fear of drowning and tunnels and flying. I started flying and got my pilot’s license, so I conquered that. Now, I’m onto swimming and tunnels.”

― Tyler Perry

“I worked in television; I’m the Failed Pilot Queen, I’ve done so many television shows, pilots, theater … when you do it for so long, I’m telling you, you get to the point where it becomes varied because you take what’s available for a number of reasons. It’s just an occupational hazard.”

― Viola Davis

“When a test pilot comes off a flight, there is typically another pilot who is going to take it up, and he believes in the debriefing. You don’t keep something to yourself.”

― Wally Schirra

“Well, I’m about to do another western, a pilot for HBO this fall.”

― Walter Hill

“In the history of pilot reports, ‘Seinfeld’ has got to be one of the worst of all time.”

― Warren Littlefield

“I hadn’t worked for a year when I had my Prison Break audition and it was the easiest audition I’ve ever had. I got the script on Friday, went to the audition on Monday and got the part on Tuesday. I was shooting the pilot a week later. I didn’t have time to be nervous – it happened so quickly.”

― Wentworth Miller

“Honest pioneer work in the field of science has always been, and will continue to be, life’s pilot. On all sides, life is surrounded by hostility. This puts us under an obligation.”

― Wilhelm Reich

“This pilot, by far, was the best I ever read – and I hope that insults every other pilot I worked on.”

― Will Arnett

“Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.”

― Will Durant

“Yes… well, I used to have a pilot’s license.”

― Will Wright

“It’s ‘Star Trek!’ It’s as close to an American mythology as we get. To be a part of that storytelling after being a fan since I was a teenage boy who saw the pilot episode of ‘Next Generation’ air, it’s all very surreal.”

― Wilson Cruz

“I remember watching the premiere of the pilot episode of ‘Next Gen’ when I was a teenager.”

― Wilson Cruz

“After Hurricane Katrina, over New Orleans, my helicopter crashed and the pilot and I were only saved because we fell on the roof of a flooded house that absorbed the shock. When the helicopter was spiraling downward out of control, I didn’t expect to survive at all.”

― Yann Arthus-Bertrand

“Zach Galifianakis is hilarious. I worked with him on a pilot before; he’s hilarious and such a nice person.”

― Zachary Gordon

“One thing I quickly discovered as a female pilot – ditch the heels!”

― Zoey Tur
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