Saturday, November 1, 2008

November 2008

November 2008

Sporty’s Instrument Proficiency Check DVD [Sporty’s, 2008, ID# D551A] Completely updated and revised, this DVD includes, among other things, expanded coverage of WAAS technology. With information on preflight and aircraft systems, navigation, approaches, emergencies and weather reports and forecasts, this DVD covers everything from initial IFR flying down to the latest regulation changes. Order at

The Airplane: How Ideas Gave Us Wings by Jay Spenser (Collins, 2008, ISBN: 9780061259199). Spenser, an aviation author and historian, delivers an accessible history of the jetliner. He introduces readers to pioneers across continents and centuries who eventually gave the world wings. From wings to flight controls to fuselages and landing gear, the book follows the airplane’s evolution over the years.

Flyabout DVD [Mighty Ity, 2006, ISBN: 9687308590]. Flyabout is the heartfelt story of a young woman who gets a pilot’s license and inspires her father to do the same. Together, they fly an aircraft around the Australian continent. Her introduction to the Aboriginal Walkabout brings on the realization that piloting the plane won’t be the hardest part of the trip. Order at

Jetpack Dreams: One Man’s Up and Down (But Mostly Down) Search for the Greatest Invention That Never Was by Mac Montandon (Da Capo, 2008, ISBN: 9780306815287). This book examines the history of the human jetpack—from its roots in a science-fiction story to those who are still attempting to realize the dream. Among other things, Montandon attends the first “International Rocketbelt Convention” and unearths a true story behind a bizarre mid-1990s case of kidnapping and murder—all for the sake of a jetpack.

Professional Pilot: Proven Tactics and PIC Strategies, Third Edition by John Lowery (ASA, 2008, ISBN: 9781560277095). The new edition of ASA’s popular title offers real-world applications of knowledge based on a veteran aviator’s vast experience. Updated with recent advancements in communications and navigation equipment, the book now includes FITS (FAA/Industry Training Standards) and prepares pilots for state-of-the-art TAA and VLJs. Order at


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