Thursday, March 1, 2007

March 2007

Flying The Garmin G1000 DVD (Sporty's, 2006, ID# D554A). Updated to highlight recent enhancements to Garmin's popular avionics program—such as the optional traffic advisory system—Sporty's DVD demonstrates the best ways to use the G1000 on the ground and in the air. Join Richard Collins as he instructs you from a G1000-equipped Cessna 182 and a Columbia 400. You can learn how to use Garmin's Ready Pad system, which allows pilots to perform nearly all MFD functions from a pedetal-mounted keypad.

911 And The Future Of Transportation Security by R. William Johnstone (Praeger Security International, 2006, ISBN: 0-275-99075-3). Johnstone builds on his experience as a former transportation security staff member with the 9/11 Commission to explain the causes of aviation security failure in the September 11, 2001, attacks and to draw lessons and recommendations for continuing shortcomings in American transportation security. He pays close attention to how security should be prioritized in relation to fiscal responsibility, economic efficiency and civil liberties; how it should be organized in terms of federal, state, local and private roles and responsibilities; and how it should be funded.

Wings Around The World by Polly Vacher (Grub Street, 2006, ISBN: 1-904943-54-3). On May 6, 2003, Polly Vacher—a 59-year-old mother of three—took off from England's Birmingham Airport seeking to become the first pilot to complete a solo flight around the world via both Poles in a single-engine aircraft. Despite having only a few years of flying experience, Polly had already completed a lateral solo circumnavigation of the world for Flying Scholarships for the Disabled; this second challenge, for the same charity, would make that achievement look like a walk in the park.

Guns by Phil Bowie (Medallion Press, 2006, ISBN: 1-932815-59-7). Bowie, an instrument-rated pilot, breathes life into smart, cocksure Sam Bass, a man with a mysterious past. To the few inhabitants of a tiny island off the coast of North Carolina, Sam is a laid-back pilot-for-hire. When he becomes a local hero after rescuing an elderly couple from their storm-battered boat, the story is picked up by the wire services, drawing unwanted attention of men from his past. Intent on killing him and addressing him as “The Cowboy,” the mystery men fail to get Sam but kill his girlfriend, leaving her young son orphaned and Sam hellbent on revenge.

Icing Training Programs From NASA DVD/CD-ROM(Sporty's, 2006, ID# D232A). Most instrument pilots will eventually encounter unexpected icing conditions—preparation is the key to survival. Sporty's has partnered with NASA to offer an extensive series of icing programs in one inexpensive package. The set includes A Pilot's Guide to In-Flight Icing CD-ROM and a NASA-produced DVD with four educational programs about dealing with icing.


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