A bit of turbulence, but worth the trip...,
This review is from: Honey, I Bought an Airplane: Stories, Histories and Recollections of 597 Flights in the Midwest (Paperback)
- The Good -
Bob Hechlenski has produced a very personal account with many interesting tidbits about small craft aviation - what it is like to have your own plane. Did you ever wonder why major airports don't have lots of small planes jetting around? Hechlinski tells you. Did you know that not all airports have paved runways? How is it to land a plane on a strip of grass that may have groundhog holes (a la `Caddyshack' minus the Bill Murray)? Just how many airports are there, anyway? Hechlinski takes you on a little experienced tour of a unique part of American byways. He also includes his own life and experiences, as well as the reasons why he gave up flying, in a touching manner.
- The Bad -
The book is advertised as one where you can open it at any point and read, because the stories aren't told in a way that requires one to flow into the other. This is not always a good point - details might be missed from prior stories. This is particularly apparent when geography gets in the way; Beliot has the world's prettiest airport, according to Hechlinski (and their own marketing material), but it took me a while to figure out where this was, since the state name isn't clearly identified.
- The Ugly -
Being a self-published text, this suffers from the same problems as most self-published texts. There are typos and grammar errors on most every page. Also, the book uses lots of jargon and acronyms that are not commonplace to people outside the flying field. Better editing both for style and mechanics would be helpful should this have another edition.
On the whole, this is a book that has much to recommend it, and some things that will make reading it a bumpy ride. But it is worthwhile, and as others have noted, can make a good gift for the right person.