Saturday, September 1, 2007

September 2007

Dangerous Past by A.F. Ebbers (Silverhawk Books, 2007, ISBN: 9780978948238). Unknown assassins are stalking airline captain Frank Baden, and they've got a deadline by which point they must make his death look like an accident, or a suicide. In their first attempt, an airliner piloted by Braden undergoes a decompression explosion that the FBI believes he deliberately caused in a suicide attempt. This aviation conspiracy thriller spans from Vietnam through contemporary times and touches the highest levels of Washington. Author A.F. Ebbers once worked for Cessna and is a retired airline and military pilot who served in Vietnam.

Air Racing Over Reno: The World's Fastest Motorsport by Philip Handleman (Specialty Press, 2007, ISBN: 9781580071123). Air Racing Over Reno provides the first-ever, up-close look at the air-racing action in Reno as seen by those who experience it first-hand. All six racing classes (Formula 1, Biplane, Sport, T-6, Jets and Unlimited) are revealed in richly detailed photos. Author Philip Handleman covers everything from aircraft turning the pylons at nearly 500 mph speeds, to racers in the pits being fine-tuned for the next race, to the heartbreak when a $100,000 Rolls-Royce, 12-cylinder engine quits.

Air Facts: Staying Ahead Of The Airplane DVD (Sporty's, 2007, ID# D236A). From day one of flight training, pilots are told to “stay ahead” of the airplane, but what does this mean? Richard L. Collins examines situations where pilots are most likely to “get behind” the airplane, triggering a chain of events that could lead to an accident or incident. Collins looks at real-world IFR and VFR scenarios involving weather, fuel management, maneuvering flight, terrain awareness, stall/spin events, emergencies, approaches and takeoffs and landings—areas that have proven to cause problems for pilots of all levels.

Rotorcraft Flying Handbook by Federal Aviation Administration (Skyhorse Publishing, 2007, ISBN: 1602390606). Created by the FAA, this handbook is intended for anyone who flies or wants to learn to fly a helicopter or gyroplane. Covering the science and skills needed to expertly fly rotorcraft of all types, the book has hundreds of full-color illustrations and diagrams.

Teaching Confidence In The Clouds: An Instructor's Guide To Using Desktop Flight Simulators by Tom Gilmore (ASA, 2007, ISBN: 9781560276814). This guide offers contemporary pilots the real-life application of computer desktop flight simulators and flight-training devices as they relate to current methods of instrument training. Scenario-based training concepts, assignments and instructor tips are invaluable for flight instructors and help reduce the hours need to complete an instrument training program.


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