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Flying the Big Jets [Paperback]

Stanley Stewart
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10 Sep 2002
Chapter by chapter the reader is taken gently from the basics of the big jets to the sophistication of the 'glass cockpit' in preparation for the pilot's seat on a Boeing 777 flight from London to Boston. Examine the weather forecast with the pilots, monitor the take-off from the flight deck, listen to the radio reports along the way, view the mid-Atlantic weather from above the clouds, witness the preparations for descent and experience the excitement of landing in Boston. Flying the Big Jets is a comprehensive book that reveals as never before the every-day working environment of the modern long-haul airline pilot.

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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: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good solid book, although lacking depth. 5 Jun 2014
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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.


- 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Boeing 777 guide 10 May 2014
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Very informative about how to fly a large jet airliner. A good read as a bedtime book. Many of the features described are on the aircraft in my flight simulator.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 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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By alapper
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for budding aviators. 2 May 2013
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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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