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Gary v. Bristow
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1 May 2002
A dynamic tool for acing the technical pilot interview with one thousand exam-style questions and answers.

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  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (1 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071396098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071396097
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Let an experienced airline pilot help you succeed on the Technical Pilot Interview. This one-of-a-kind study tool asks the right questions so you'll know the right answers. Open it and start learning what you need to know in order to get a powerful edge over the competition--at every stage of your piloting career.

This unique study guide helps you:
* Get to know material likely to be asked on your interview
* Practice with almost one thousand exam-style questions--complete with answers
* Build confidence, skills, and knowledge
* Focus your study on what you need to know

Can you answer these questions?
* If you were loading an aircraft to obtain maximum range, would you load it with a forward or aft center of gravity?
* Why does an aircraft climb as high as possible?
* What does an aircraft descend quicker when it's lighter?
* What is a fail operational autopilot/landing system?
* What is an assumed/flexible temperature?

* Answers to almost 1000 questions you may be asked during the technical interview
* More than 50 illustrations to clarify key essential points
* Comprehensive coverage ranging from light aircraft to heavy jet operations
* A convenient quick-find, cross-referenced presentation
* Material that has global application

About the Author

GARY V. BRISTOW (Surrey, England) is an airline pilot. His own interviewing experiences made him realize how valuable a book such as this would be in advancing a pilot's career.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
There is great potential in a book like this... we have all got to the stage where our technical knowledge is a bit fuzzy, and there's an interview coming up. Even those who kept their ATPL theory notes will be loathe to reach for them, so this handy-sized memory-jog should be just the thing to refresh the memory.
And, actually, it HAS refreshed my memory. I've found it pretty useful. The questions are well laid out, in a sensible order, and with some pleasant-looking diagrams. So I'm happy with the questions. Some of the answers, on the other hand, are a bit sketchy.
Now, I don't know the author, but the back cover implies that he is an 'experienced airline pilot', and I don't doubt that he's a very good one. However, some of the answers he gives to his own questions in this book are ambiguous, some are dubious, and some are just plain wrong.
For instance, the formula for lift is given in the book (page 4) as:
1/2R + V^2 + S + Cl
R = Density
V^2 = TAS squared
S = Wing span area
Cl = Coefficient of lift.
Even if we were to ignore 'Wing span area' (by which he can be presumed to mean 'Wing plan area'), the formula is incorrect. (Replace the '+' symbols with 'x' and you're pretty much there.)
Pages 13-14 see some very confused ideas about tail control-surfaces, moments and arms.
I could go on.
Despite the answers being fairly untrustworthy, this is a useful book, just to get the old grey matter going. If you're approaching an interview, try to find something similar. If you can't find something similar, buy this BUT remember - the questions are more use than the answers!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An extremely disappointing read... 15 Mar 2007
This should be a terrific book - providing a single source of reference for the would-be airline employee. Sadly, it simply doesn't deliver.

Peppered with technical inaccuracies (some of them horribly glaring), very imprecise or even misleading explanations, and shockingly inaccurate diagrams, it should leave the able student simply disappointed. Sadly, I suspect that many readers will be aspiring pilots cramming for interviews, and they will emerge from their reading confused and with false information.

Some of this is down to simply inept writing - the author uses vague words in a world of precision, confuses terms, and lacks the essential ability to get difficult concepts across in a straightforward manner. Poor or absent research, and the author's assumption that he knows what he is talking about, is to blame elsewhere. Custom and practice within the aviation industry of dumbing down some concepts to make them manageable, blithely accepted by the author either because he doesn't want to buck the trend or can't get to grips, himself, with the truth causes more disappointment for the expert reader.

Finally, there has clearly been no effective effort to proof-read. From basic errors of grammar, punctuation, and spelling, to the publication of straightforwardly inaccurate explanations, indicates that this book has neither been written nor edited properly.

As an aviation professional, now somewhat involved in writing technical material, I was very disappointed indeed by this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Concise and informative 30 Dec 2005
A great source of reference knowledge for interviews - provides all the "trivial persuits" answers to those little horrors that might get thrown at you.
It's a sizeable chunk of book but concise, though details where it needs to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars inaccurate but useful 1 Dec 2009
By Simon
There's no denying there are inaccuracies, but the fact is, this book is often used by recruiters to formulate their technical questions and exam papers, so it is very useful. Much better than ploughing through your dusty ATPL manuals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Revision tool 12 Jun 2014
By Mark
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Use this every time I have a simulator test or an interview. So far its never failed me and all questions raised at interview have been easily covered and then some by this book.

Highly recommended for any pilot with an upcoming interview.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The right stuff! 31 July 2013
By monkey
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having used this as part of the preparation process of getting a new job I’m now living the dream flying an A380. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aspiring Pilots Take Note 19 Dec 2011
You need this book if you've been lucky enough to secure an interview. To turn up without sharp technical knowledge is a wasted opportunity. I failed a once in a lifetime assessment for this very reason!

I actually had this book but didn't read it enough beforehand expecting straightforward techical questions instead of the ones they ended up asking us which very extremely rigourous with multiple choice answers all very similar. I want to point out to all those facing interview prospects that this book, whilst argueably the best around, is not enough. You need to drill yourself with ATPL theory to the point where you can relate to scenarios such as critcal jet engine in a crosswind without having to think too hard. Because these test are timed and you dont get long.

So yeah, buy this, live it, love it, but don't depend purely upon it.
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