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Fate Is the Hunter
A Pilot's Memoir
Ernest K. Gann - Jul 02, 1986 (first published in 1961)
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Ernest K. Gann’s classic pilot's memoir is an up-close and thrilling account of the treacherous early days of commercial aviation. “Few writers have ever drawn readers so intimately into the shielded sanctum of the cockpit, and it is hear that Mr. Gann is truly the artist” (The New York Times Book Review).“A splendid and many-faceted personal memoi...
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Larry Ellison
West with the Night
Beryl Markham - Jan 22, 2013 (first published in 1942)
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If the first responsibility of a memoirist is to lead a life worth writing about, Markham succeeded beyond all measure. Born Beryl Clutterbuck in the middle of England, she spent her life defying all expectations of how a woman should live and what a single person can achieve.Markham and her father moved to Kenya when she was a girl, and she grew u...
The Killing Zone, Second Edition
How & Why Pilots Die
Paul Craig - Jan 31, 2013 (first published in 2000)
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Publisher's Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product.WARNING!Don't fly solo before you understand all the dangers of the killing zone.It could save your life!This survival guide for new pilots identifies the pitfall...
Weather Flying, Fifth Edition
Robert Buck - Jul 30, 2013 (first published in 1978)
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The only resource a pilot needs to understand all types of weather and how to fly in it, with coverage of weather creation along with the philosophy of navigating itnow updated to include new technological devices and changes in weather briefings...
Skyfaring
A Journey with a Pilot (Vintage Departures)
Mark Vanhoenacker - May 03, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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In the twenty-first century, airplane flight— once a remarkable feat of human ingenuity—has been relegated to the realm of the mundane. In this mesmerizing reflection on flying, Mark Vanhoenacker, a 747 pilot who left academia and a career in the business world to pursue his childhood dream of flying, helps us to reimagine what we—as pilots and as ...
A Higher Call
An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
Adam Makos - May 06, 2014 (first published in 2012)
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Four days before Christmas 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly, a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail — a Messerschmitt 109 fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to ...
The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - May 15, 2000 (first published in 1943)
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Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. Richard Howard's translation of the beloved classic beautifully reflects Saint-Exupéry's unique and gifted style. Howard, an acclaimed poet and one of the preeminent translators of our time, has excelled in bringing the English text as clo...
The Wright Brothers
David McCullough - May 03, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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The #1 New York Times bestseller from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize—the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly—Wilbur and Orville Wright.On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two brothers—bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio—changed history. But...
The Spirit of St. Louis
Charles A. Lindbergh - Dec 09, 2003 (first published in 1950)
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The classic, bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning account of Charles A. Lindbergh's historic transatlantic flightAlong with most of my fellow fliers, I believed that aviation had a brilliant future. Now we live, today, in our dreams of yesterday; and, living in those dreams, we dream again…Charles A. Lindbergh captured the world's attention—and chan...
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Peter Diamandis
Stick and Rudder
An Explanation of the Art of Flying
Wolfgang Langewiesche - Sep 01, 1990 (first published in 1944)
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"Stick and Rudder" is the first exact analysis of the art of flying ever attempted. It has been continuously in print for thirty-three years, and has enjoyed steadily increasing sales. Flight instructors have found that the book does indeed explain important phases of the art of flying, in a way the learner can use. It shows precisely what the pilo...
Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
FAA-H-8083-25B (ASA FAA Handbook Series)
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA) - Sep 06, 2016 (first published in 1980)
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This official FAA handbook has been required reading for more than 30 years. Providing basic knowledge essential for all pilots, from beginning students through to the more advanced certificates, this Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publication introduces readers to the broad spectrum of knowledge required as they progress through pilot train...
Mike Busch on Engines by Mike Busch A&P/IA
The Thinking Pilot's Flight Manual by Rick Durden
Airman's Odyssey by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Thinking Pilot's Flight Manual by Rick Durden
Radio Mastery for IFR PIlots by Jeff Kanarish
Radio Mastery for VFR Pilots by Jeff Kanarish
FAR/AIM 2018 by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA)
Wings by Tom D. Crouch
Night Flight by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry