Thursday, February 1, 2007

February 2007

The Few: The American “Knights Of The Air” Who Risked Everything To Fight In the Battle Of Britain by Alex Kershaw (De Capo Press, 2006, ISBN: 0-306-81303-3). The summer of 1940 marked the second year of World War II. Hitler planned to invade England, but the United States hadn't entered the war. Several Americans joined Britain's Royal Air Force. These “knights of the air,” as they were dubbed, flew Spitfire planes and, in doing so, broke several neutrality laws, becoming “outlaws in their own country.” All told, 244 U.S. citizens flew with the RAF Eagle Squadrons—only one survived the war. These little-known heroes were the Americans who fought the Battle of Britain, the greatest air battle in history.

Sporty's Flying The Garmin 396/496 DVD (Sporty's, ID#D396A, 2006). Back at 2005's EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., Garmin introduced the 396, the first portable GPS to combine satellite datalink weather, terrain alerting and color moving map. People hooked; because of demand, the 396 has been hard to come by since. The new 496's impressive features include SafeTaxi data and Smart Airspace. Richard Collins explains and demonstrates the complexities and capabilities of these two GPS's, helping you bypass the complicated manuals and providing a real-world perspective.

2007 Bahamas & Caribbean Pilot's Guide (Pilot Publishing, Inc., 2006, ISBN: 0-9769013-1-5). Thanks to cooperation between the FAA and the Islands of the Bahamas, traveling to the Bahamas and the Caribbean is a piece of cake: procedures are straightforward, the forms are simple and the fees are minimal. This edition, the 29th, will assist you in planning your dream vacation. It provides aerial color photographs for each airport, a terrific navigation aid. And the glossy, photo-filled book is organized by tabs, one for each destination.

A Drive In The Clouds: The Story Of The Aerocar by Jake Schultz (Flying Books, 2006, ISBN: 0-9725249-2-4). Man has dreamed of developing a combination automobile/aircraft for decades. Moulton Taylor is one such person who hoped for “an airplane in every garage.” In the 1970s, Ford Motor Company considered marketing and producing Taylor's Aerocar—the closest any flying car has come to being mass produced. This book profiles Taylor's desire to popularize the flying car.

Pilot's Guide To Runway Safety DVD (Sporty's, 2006, ID# D764A). Runway incursions happen to pilots of any experience level at just about any airport. Staying current on ground operations is essential for any pilot's safety on the runway. With Sporty's new DVD, pilots learn beyond the basics in the Airman's Information Manual.


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