4. How To Land A Plane
By Mark Vanhoenacker
From Mark Vanhoenacker, author of the bestselling aviation memoir Skyfaring and former contributing editor at Plane & Pilot, comes an odd little book that’s not really for pilots but, rather, for those folks who always wondered about what it’s like to be a pilot. How to Land a Plane, part of the Little Ways to Live a Big Life series from Quercus, focuses on just one of a pilot’s jobs, landing an airplane. Because the book is intended for non-pilots, Vanhoenacker uses language appropriate to absolute beginners while at the same time managing to not dumb down the concepts. Somehow, the approach makes for great reading for full-fledged pilots, too, as it gives insights into what we do by removing the structures of assumption that underlay our understanding of flight. A great read for that precocious kid with a growing love of things with wings, for that nervous spouse or even for us pilots.