Hypnotizing Maria by Richard Bach (Hampton Roads, 2009, ISBN: 9781571746238). Richard Bach (author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Bridge Across Forever and many other titles) explores flight and metaphysics: Our true nature, it seems, isn’t bound by space and time—we live in a world full of appearances. If we stop accepting them as reality, Bach suggests, these appearances will cease to be our reality. .
Garmin G1000 Checkout DVD (Sporty’s, 2009, ID# D111A). This comprehensive checkout course enables pilots to transition from “steam gauges” to glass cockpits. The detailed course will save pilots time and money, and ensure proficiency by covering everything from the basics to emergency situations. The two-disc set emphasizes scenario-based training and takes viewers along on real-world flights. Order at www.sportys.com.
The Complete Avidyne Course CD-ROM (ASA, 2009, ASA-AVIDYNE). Software helps pilots transitioning from conventional “round dials” to the TAA glass-cockpit environment. Written by Mike Gaffney, FAA 2007 National Flight Instructor of the Year, this tutorial gives an orientation to the Avidyne Entegra PFD, MFD, audio panel, GNS 430 GPS, autopilot and transponder. Applicable to both VFR and IFR operations, and all aircraft installations of the Avidyne Entegra, the course uses scenario-based training. Order at www.asa2fly.com.
America’s Hangar DVD (Smithsonian Networks, 2009, UPC: 617742208092). The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum houses over 300,000 square feet of aircraft and is the world’s most-visited museum. From the first airplane to the first spacecraft to take an American into orbit, this DVD takes you on a personal tour of the museum’s collections and chronicles the first century of flight.
Advanced Avionics Handbook by the FAA (FAA, 2009, ISBN: 9780160831232). This new handbook offers comprehensive information on the advanced avionics equipment in technically advanced aircraft. VFR and IFR operations in aircraft with the latest integrated “glass-cockpit” instrumentation are covered, helping pilots understand which advanced avionics systems to use and when. Order at www.asa2fly.com.