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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; 4th edition edition (10 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840374225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840374223
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alapper on 2 Oct 2013
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This book is easily confused with 'handling the big jets' but is more up to date (2013). The earlier book was a classic being both technical and beautifully written. This one is entirely different (with different authors) and is very detailed in procedures etc, giving quite a bit of background theory. It certainly has its merits although I did not find it as compelling as the earlier book. However it is much more up to date than the earlier book (think Boeing 777) whereas the final edition of 'handling the big jets' finished with the introduction of the 747.
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Don't get me wrong, Stanley is a great pilot and author, I'm no expert, and this is only my opinion (everybody's different).
I personally felt that this book was lacking substance, depth and struggled to understand what his target audience is.

The book seems to be aimed at intrigued passengers or enthusiasts, however the information (to me) seems too advance for the passenger (using aviation terms) and lacking in depth for the enthusiast. Although having said that, there is an odd thing or two that I got out of it so this comes in handy for something.

I was personally looking for more depth in the FMS/C (Flight Management Computer), calculating fuel (distance & weights), 747-400 cockpit layout and areas to be able to recreate real flights on a simulator.

As you may of seen in the "preview" of the book, he teaches you the different Instruments and principles of flight in the chapters. Note: These are well explained to a basic level and are explained in good, well presented diagrams.

Summary

- A well explained book
- Lacking depth
- Ideal for newcomers to simulation (Flying older aircraft/ steam gauged instruments)
- Great for understanding the principals of flight, navigation etc.
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By Hanan Melamed on 20 Nov 2013
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I would like to recommend it for pilots and none-pilot. It's very easy to read and lots of pictures!

Happy flying :)
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A classic. I read the first edition prior to joining the airline and it got me through the interview. I now have this copy to lend to any Air Cadets in my Squadron who are contemplating a similar career.
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By Antax on 15 Nov 2012
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This is a good book however it does not read well. I was wanting to feel what it is like to fly these jets: there is an entire chapter of the sequence of tasks performed by the pilots on a typical route from London to New York. However it is more a list of tasks performed. This makes it interesting yes, but not very readable. So I guess this book will appeal to the "anorak" but not those who wish to have a good read! You need to study this book rather than be entertained by it. There are other pilot authors who do provide a "lighter" version...Ask the Pilot by Patrick Smith for example.
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