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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Aviation Supplies & Academics Inc; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560275103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560275107
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[This book] revs up the brainpower to quickly process not only those pesky math questions asked during airline interviews, but expands the mental hard drive to handle a wide range of practical number problems in flight." --Wayne Phillips, FAA designated Pilot Examiner and captain for United Express

About the Author

Ronald D. McElroy has been a pilot for over 24 years and is the author of Airline Pilot Technical Interviews and Flashcards. He lives in Castle Rock, Colorado.

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The root of mental math proficiency lies in the ability to grasp the basic concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward Costin on 7 Sept. 2011
Handy to settle the nerves before interviews and tests!Some really good advice too. Whatever works for you is a good moto but this lays out some good examples.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Johnston on 6 July 2013
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My son has found this invaluable as part of his ground school pilot training. So a very useful buy. Great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LJB on 19 April 2013
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Not just full-on commercial pilots but also private pilots as well. Anyone up for a few mental tricks to make the task of flying an aeroplane a bit easier should look at this.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Not recommended 23 Jun. 2007
By A. Bentz - Published on Amazon.com
For its price, I found this little booklet not helpful. The first 5 pages are essentially advertising for a consulting firm (the author's employer) that prepares pilots for airline interviews. The final 5 pages again are mostly advertising for that same company's products. A 14-page appendix contains a review of how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide (at the level of teaching you that 3 + 4 = 7). Another 10-page appendix contains addition, subtraction, multiplication and division tables. In the remainder of the book (55 - very small - pages), I found exactly one useful rule: how to meet a crossing restriction. There are one or two other rules that in years of corporate flying I have never found useful (such as how to calculate your hydroplaning speed - interesting in concept, but practically not very useful).
If your math is below high school level, this book may be useful to you. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend this book.
If you are planning to prepare for an interview, I would recommend you save the money you would have spent on this book and buy "Everything explained for the professional pilot" instead; and if you are interviewing for a job in a turbine-powered aircraft, "The turbine pilot's flight manual" - both those books are MUCH more helpful.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Too little for too much 31 Dec. 2007
By igneousy - Published on Amazon.com
This book is too short for too much money.

"Pilot's rules of thumb" has all of the same information AND MORE for LESS money.

Pilot's rules of thumb: Rules of thumb, easy aviation math, handy formulas, quick tips

The typeface is very large making the "book" a pamphlet - a very expensive pamphlet.

I have been flying jets at the airlines for over 10 years now and there are really only a handful of basic formulas you need and spending the time to go through the entire book would be a waste of your interview preparation time...even though you could thoroughly go through the entire book, cover-to-cover, in an aftenoon.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Mental Math for Pilots 6 Aug. 2010
By chris - Published on Amazon.com
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Mental Math for Pilots fills a very specific niche in aviation knowledge. If it were not for the very specific math questions asked during a Major Airline interview knowledge test, the book would be almost useless. Almost every technique taught in the book is beyond what you would ever need to know or have time to figure out in the flight deck. It is the perfect book for those in the academic world that do not spend their working life in the cockpit. Furthermore, for the price of the book, the content is very limited. Explanations of problems are lacking and often times leave you wondering how the author came up with the answer from what is written. The author will give a problem and the answer, yet leave out the explanation of how to arrive at that answer.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Mental Math for Pilots 20 Feb. 2009
By MARK-LEOVEN MELITON - Published on Amazon.com
I was quite disappointed with this book. I had expected this book to be an excellent source of techniques, easier that those I've learned so far in training, but it turned out differently; I found those I've learned from my instructors (and from several websites and forums) much easier to use during flight than those elaborated in this booklet. I'm sorry to say that I did not get my money's worth out of this tiny booklet.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
good but not great 11 Dec. 2007
By P. Sturman - Published on Amazon.com
OK reference book. For pro pilots it's a good review but probably nothing you didn't know at one time. It's not a big book either, you could read it in an hour or two. And their is too much basic 2nd/3rd grade math: How to add, subtract, multiply, etc. that was unnecessary. But if you forgot how to figure a descent rate, VDP, TAS or ground speed, than it's a good review.
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