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Best Aviation Books

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Best Aviation Books
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Fate Is the Hunter
A Pilot's Memoir
Ernest K. Gann - 1986-07-02 (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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The Wright Brothers
David McCullough - 2016-05-03 (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...
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Stick and Rudder
An Explanation of the Art of Flying
Wolfgang Langewiesche - 1990-09-01 (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...
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Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
FAA-H-8083-25B (ASA FAA Handbook Series)
Federal Aviation Administration (Faa)/aviation Supplies & Academics (Asa) - 2016-09-06 (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...
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Weather Flying, Fifth Edition
Robert Buck - 2013-07-30 (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...
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The Thinking Pilot's Flight Manual
Or, How to Survive Flying Little Airplanes and Have a Ball Doing It
Rick Durden - 2012-01-20
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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 su...
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The Next Hour
The Most Important Hour in Your Logbook
Richard L. Collins - 2009-01-01
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“Pilots don’t crash airplanes because they want to,” says Collins, but even experienced pilots do. The best way to stay out of an accident report, he suggests, is to understand and manage the risks inherent in flying—every time you get in an airplane. In this completely new book, Collins shares some personal insights learned from his lifetime of fl...
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Wings
Tom D. Crouch - 2004-11-17 (first published in 2003)
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The invention of the airplane ushered in the modern age—a new era of global commerce, revolutionary technologies, and total war. Whatever the practical consequences, the sheer exhilaration of flight captured the imagination. No longer bound to the surface of the earth, humans took the first steps on a journey that would eventually carry them to oth...
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West with the Night
Beryl Markham - 2013-01-22 (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...
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The Killing Zone, Second Edition
How & Why Pilots Die
Paul Craig - 2013-01-31 (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...
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Fly Girls
Keith O'Brien - 2019-03-05
FAR/AIM 2020 by Federal Aviation Administration (Faa)/aviation Supplies & Academics (Asa)
The Thinking Pilot's Flight Manual by Rick Durden
Skyfaring by Mark Vanhoenacker
Night Flight by Antoine De Saint-exupéry
A Higher Call by Adam Makos
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
First light by Geoffrey Wellum
Devotion by Adam Makos
Wind, Sand, and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Spirit of St. Louis by Charles A. Lindbergh
Mike Busch on Engines by Mike Busch A&p/ia
Airplane Flying Handbook by Federal Aviation Administration (Faa)/aviation Supplies & Academics (Asa)
Airman's Odyssey by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Radio Mastery for IFR PIlots by Jeff Kanarish
Radio Mastery for VFR Pilots by Jeff Kanarish
The Flying Life by Lauran Paine Jr.
The Cannibal Queen by Stephen Coonts
Flight Of The Intruder by Stephen Coonts by
Inside the Sky by William Langewiesche
Nuts! by Kevin Freiberg
Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen
The Student Pilot's Flight Manual by William K. Kershner
Blue Moon over Cuba by William B. Ecker, Kenneth V. Jack
Fly the Wing by Jim Webb, Billy Walker
Into the Abyss by Carol Shaben