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  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Civil Aviation Authority; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Mar. 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0903083019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903083010
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Despite its age, this is still the definitive book on handling jets. Comprehensive coverage of the widest range of topics, and to the deepest depth needed to satisfy any technical enquiry. Davies has an unmatched writing style that is highly readable, and right up there with the likes of Bill Gunston. If you prefer reading fiction more than textbooks, then this book is just about as readable as fiction.

Excellent sections on landing and takeoff. Davies makes full use of his background as Chief Test Pilot of what was then the UK Airworthiness Authority. He puts all the topics into the context of proper engineering and aviation fact, shows how the rules evolved from there, and generally gives you complete confidence that you've mastered the full range of the subject. PPRUNE Tech Log has always got one or two side references to this book.

Chase it up hard - it's still around - and keep it at the front of the bookshelf. My copy sits between 737-700 manuals and Swanston's Performance.
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By John A. Stedman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2010
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What can you say? This is the definitive guide to flying commercial passenger jet airliners, condensed down into one easy to read single (but weighty) volume. It is not just about the 747, as it uses examples from other jets - some now, like the beautiful DH/HS Trident, long gone from our skies - as to how the technology has evolved, how it all comes together, and how it is managed from the front seat. It is doubtless a professional pilot's handbook, but don't let that dissuade you. It is a classic work. I was reading this book when I was in my late teens - early twenties , and dreaming about becoming an airline pilot; I made it to fly light singles. I have just bought a copy for my youngest son who is now the same age as I was then - he has just qualified to Handle the Big Jets in reality and has asked for a copy of this work. I don't think a book can earn a bigger compliment over time than that.

PS - Don't confuse this with Flying the Big Jets by Stanley Stewart; a worthy book in its' own right, but very different!
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This is a rare combination of a technical book written by an expert in the subject (a test pilot) that is also very readable and comprehensible to the layman. Some of the writing is of star quality. It is something of a classic now and this edition includes a new chapter on the Boeing 747 - which also makes the point that it has become a bit dated in the 777 era.
But still a must-buy for anyone with interest in the subject. It is surprisingly pricey.
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A very academic, not easy to read book, but with invaluable knowledge and details of flying principles, though sometimes might be a bit old regarding some aircrafts, this book explains principles of aviation very well, a good advisor to any airman.
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"Handling the Big Jets" by D.P.Davis is a "bible" in the aviation community. Many companies made it a mandatory reading for their pilots. It is written by a superb pilot to pilots. Highly recommend to all who might have missed it.
Sincerely
P.Balog
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This book stands the test of time and will be a useful primer for anyone contemplating test flying, either as a pilot of engineer.
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Acting on the dictum of the famous (notorious?) 19th century clergyman, the Revd Sydney Smith, "I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so"", all I can say is that if this book is anything like as good and helpful as a similar book written by a former \British Airways Captain, Stanley Stewart, back in 1984, it will be well worth getting. It cured me of a crippling fear of flying.

Michael Mayes.

P.S. Since I haven't actually read it, I shouldn't award any stars, but by the sound of things it is worth a five.
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