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The Thinking Pilot's Flight Manual: Or, How to Survive Flying Little Airplanes and Have a Ball Doing It

The Thinking Pilot's Flight Manual: Or, How to Survive Flying Little Airplanes and Have a Ball Doing It [Kindle Edition]

Rick Durden , Cory Emberson , Patty Wagstaff

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In a provocative and sometimes controversial style, this guide starts where standard-issue flight training manuals leave off. The Thinking Pilot guides you deeply into topics that weren't taught in flight training-everything from how to really do a preflight, through keeping your passengers happy, scud running, precautionary landings, and how to survive a crash. It includes a detailed introduction to flying floats, skis, aerobatics, and classic airplanes; probes some of aviation's dirty little secrets, explodes myths, and presents the best, most succinct guide to flying tailwheel airplanes ever written. Rick Durden was once described as aviation's Renaissance Man. He is an Airline Transport-rated pilot with experience in some 200 types of airplanes, a practicing aviation attorney who has been involved in hundreds of aircraft accident cases, writer, aviation magazine editor, safety counselor, flight instructor, volunteer pilot in remote areas of the U.S. and Central America, and has been the executive director of a nonprofit conservation organization making use of aircraft and volunteer pilots throughout much of North America.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 740 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Renaissance Aviation Publishing; First edition (20 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008L8RAXI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most practical flying book in a long while 6 May 2012
By PDP-8 - Published on
This is a must-read, whether you are a 5000 hour airplane owner or a just starting out on your student pilot training.

The author is a fine writer, with frequent articles in AOPA Pilot and other magazines. He's flown freight in Lears and instructed in float planes, and worked for Cessna for some years. His practice as an aviation attorney and his extensive instructing has made him familiar with a great many of the things that get pilots into (and out of) trouble.

The book is structured as tales from a pilots' lounge. Rick Durden spent a lot of time in a real one, at Ann Arbor's airport where he instructed at Michigan Flyers. He also spent a lot of time in some of the best online aviation forums, and ran a talk show for a number of years during the Oshkosh fly-in. He makes you feel as if you are sitting with some of the most experienced pilots around, who welcome you to their group.

I especially liked the sections on "Some things you didn't learn in flight school" and "Staying alive in the real world". Real and practical observations, phrased in a respectful manner without jargon or doublespeak. Durden lays out some data-driven truths, and makes it clear that there are some things that can really increase your chances of having a flying life that you can be proud of.

Well written, on point, and practical. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read 3 Nov 2012
By Doug Cope - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Thinking Pilot's Flight Manual is well written with a witty flair. Rick Durden has done his homework regarding common topics in GA flying and has packaged his view in a nicely flowing style that at times is personal and at other times seems like chatter in the lounge. I took away quite a few notable points that I will try to address in my flying.

I read the Kindle version which had many formatting errors and once, completely scrabbled text. I wish I had bought the print version.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Durden tells it like it is with no holds barred! 26 April 2012
By Chuck - Published on
Rick's book is an absolute "must read" for anyone who is, or thinks they are, honest and serious about flying.

Rick tells it like he teaches flying and how he talks about flying. I've had the pleasures of not only knowing Rick and his family for nearly 20 years, but I was also his partner in an Aztec for several years. I've often wished I could do a "mind meld" with him (JUST for his aviation knowledge) as he has forgotten more than I could ever hope to learn.

His section on the atrocities of stupid pilots who fly into Oshkosh, those who can't hold a heading or speed or have failed to read the NOTAM, could only be enhanced by multiple repetitions of "You would not fly into O'Hare, would you? So what makes you think you can fly into OSH which is busier?"

This book is Rick talking. It provides straight forward practical flying information, with safety always at the forefront. We spent a lot of time in the air together and I always learned when I was with him (on or above the ground). Now you can too, if you are ready to handle the truth!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rick Durden has a thought provoking book here 2 Sep 2013
By barry - Published on
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For the serious aviator and serious "wannabes", this book is thought provoking and should be required reading for any student. I have highlighted many passages for future reference. This is a book I plan on reading often. I imagine many others will feel the same way.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary and morbid read, a must read those interested in becoming pilots 7 Mar 2014
By tango - Published on
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This book does not blow sunshine up your rectum like Sportys, Kings and the numerous flight schools who are only interested in getting your money by making it sound like learning to fly and maintaining your license is cheap and easy like a walk in the park by watching a few training videos to pass a test.

Although the author comes across as slightly obnoxious and elitist, this book is as real as it gets and every potential pilot should read this book first before venturing off to spend hard earned money to get a pilot's license. New pilots should also read this book immediately to fill in the missing gaps that were glossed over during flight training.

The author has a unique perspective on flying from a lawyer's and instructor pilot's perspective which gives you gems of wisdoms and some morbid food for thought if you think you can jump into an aircraft without being proficient and expect to conduct a safe flight but probably end up as a statistic.

The trend in the aviation industry today in the US is that Flight Schools make it sound like anyone can fly, so you shell out about 7,000 dollars to get your PPL. Now what? How do you stay current? How do you rent an aircraft cheaply to maintain your skills? The AOPA and AVEMCO will now scare you into joining their insurance programs. The FAA will bombard you with rules and regulations. You are then stuck with an expensive hobby where what you don't know will most likely kill you if you do not maintain proficiency and recurrent training.

Read this book first before proceeding any further. If you are not scared after reading then you can take the next step if you are ready to commit 110 percent.

To tell you the truth I have lost confidence in my flying abilities after reading this book and having not flown in the past three months due to the unseasonably bad winter in the North East of the US. Maybe I need to look at some John and Martha King videos to regain my confidence before venturing to the airport for some dual recurrent training or just pack it up altogether for the second time.
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