A is for Airplane a gadget designed
For scaring the student plumb out of her mind.
B is for Brakes on the same which is splendid,
But use them too sharp and you'll end up upended,
C is for Compass installed with much cost
In function best suited for getting you lost.
D is for Details you mustn't forget,
Like safety belt fastened or parking brake set.
E's Elevators affixed to the tail;
If not used in time nothing else will avail
F is for Flaps, which are tricky and fickle,
But without these addenda, you'd be in a pickle.
G's Gosports, which surely need no introduction;
They're for learning new cuss words' and other instruction
H is for Headwind, built in or external:
In violence unequalled, in purpose infernal
I is for Instruments--none of them care to
Tell you a thing--take their word if you dare to.
J is for Jolts which you get in the air
And the height that you had which is no longer there.
K is for Kicks which are aimed at the rudder;
The way these are given make a check pilot shudder.
L is for Looking and all of that drivel!
Rebuild your neck, pal, so's to make it full swivel!
M is for Motor; if it quits, you can bet you
De Lawd's on your side, for Green Pastures will get you,
N is for Nose which is always surprisin'
By never remaining upon the horizon
O is for Off, which is where for the switches
When, parked, or you'll hear from those strict sons of--Texas
P is for Pilot; that's you---on condition
You don't spin too low or not check your ignition.
Q is got questions -that need understanding---
Clean forgot by the time you have come in from landing
R is for Rudder, to use in each antic;
It drives airplanes sideways, the rest of us frantic.
S is for Slipstream to complicate matters
With torque, until everyone's mad as mad hatters.
T is for Throttle, controlling the go-juice;
Without this device trying to aviate's no use.
U is for Up, and the Upper the better;
For the higher you are the more spots you can set her.
V is Velocity; nothing can stop it;
Once you've too much, you must climb up to drop it.
W's Wobble-pump---use debatable
It aids most in making the starting quite hateable.
X marks the spot where the landing gear hit;
Three points was the aim but two points was what lit
Y is for yes which is all you can say
When the board says a check ride is headed your way.
Z is for zealous, our attitude truly
If held to the end we will graduate duly.