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Aviators Bookshelf - Required Reading.  
User currently offlineGordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 2102 posts, RR: 21
Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3040 times:

Hi folks,

I know that many of the experienced guys on the forum such as Jetguy, Skipper, 411a and countless others have often mentioned books which they say every aviator should have a copy of.

What are the books which everyone, be they a 747 captain or a lowly C150 pilot keep handy?

I know many of them could be found with a quick search in the forum but maybe a single thread with the best of the best listed would be useful both now and in the future.

The usual stuff on aircraft performance, IFR flying, weather, tips and tricks etc - the sort of stuff that is useful (and often lifesaving) to us wannabe's and student pilots.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Regards,
Gordon.


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User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2694 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3009 times:

Here are ones that I have read so far and stand out as good ones:

Weather Flying (Bob Buck): Gives lots of tips and advice on flying through lots of different weather scenarios. The information is very useful and can be applied on your next flight.

Everything Explained for the Professional Pilot (Richie Lengel): Important information from the FARs and the AIM for those people in the USA. It's very readable and written by a pilot, for pilots.

The Pilot's Burden (Bob Buck): As the second part of the title says, "The roots of pilot error." Buck goes through changes in how pilots are trained to fly, changes in technology, and hazards.

Aerodynamics for the Naval Aviator: I still do not even come close to understanding everything in this book. It is very full of information.

Stick and Rudder (Wolfgang Langwiesche): This one everyone should read.

Nick


User currently offlineSchooner From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2969 times:

"Fate is the Hunter" by Ernest K Gann. Excellent stuff.


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User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2965 times:

Aviation Weather: By the Federal Aviation Administration? THE weather book for the aviator.

Handling the Big Jets: By D.P. Davies. Great source of information about jet transport flying qualities and characteristics of great use for the novice and highly experienced pilot.

The art of instrument flying: An excellent book which describes everything the Instrument rated pilot should know.

RM  Smile



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User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2960 times:

I Learned About Flying From That (multiple volumes): The editors of FLYING Magazine.

I scour these at the bookstore whenever I get time. You can learn a lot from other people's mistakes, and that's never been more true.


FSP


User currently offlineQantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2950 times:

Do the aerodynamics and aerospace engineering textbooks that I use count? Okay, I guess they're not your everyday useful book...  Laugh out loud

Cheers,
QantasA332


User currently offlineMusang From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 864 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2913 times:

There's one by Wolfgang Langerweische, hopefully spelt correctly, written about 40 years ago, about handling light aircraft in general, which sharpened me up when I got hold of it during my time as a GA instructor.

The title? Can't remember.

I highly recommend it though. Many were the pennies that dropped, and bright were the light bulbs that came on over my head as I read it.

I remember it as being almost a "Handling the Big Jets" for light aircraft, although less technical, and a very entertaining read.

Regards - Musang


User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2909 times:

I made Weather Flying by Robert Buck and Instrument Flying by Richard Taylor mandatory reading for all of my instrument students after they have passed their checkride. They aren't the typical ground school textbooks; in fact, they contain little, if any, weather or instrument flying theory. Weather Flying discusses how to fly weather in the real world and Instrument Flying discusses how to fly the various instrument procedures in the real world. They are easy and enjoyable reads.

Most people, after getting their instrument rating, still have little or no idea how to safely use it. It can be pretty intimidating getting the first real IFR experience. Reading these books will go a very long way towards converting all of that theoretical knowledge that you learned in ground school and flight training to practical use. I've always felt that it would take several hundred hours of actual IFR experience to gain the practical knowledge and insight that these authors have put in these books.

I recommend them highly.

Jetguy



User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2694 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2892 times:

Musang,
See my post at the top. It's Stick and Rudder by Wolfgang Langwiesche.

Nick


User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2889 times:

In addition to Weather Flying and Instrument Flying, I would also highly recommend Pilot in Command by Paul A. Craig. It is a great book about Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM), and it completely changed the way I thought about flying. Definitely a must read!

'Speed


User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2872 times:

"WE" By Charles Lindburgh....

"Lost Moon" by Jim Lovell...about the Apollo 13 incident...

"The Black Box"..not necessarily a classic, but is good to learn from other's mistakes.

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2845 times:

Don't forget The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe. I loved the movie, but the book is much better.

'Speed


User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2835 times:

Two major categories here. Textbooks read for information and fiction or nonfiction read for entertainment.

Textbooks:
Fly the Wing - Jim Webb ISU Press (Flying jet transports)
INTRODUCTION section of your Jeppesen manuals. Read this completely at least once, early in your career. You'll be the smartest guy in the crew lounge for a little while.

Fiction:
The Left Seat by Robert Serling
The High and the Mighty by Ernest K. Gann
Island in the Sky by Ernest K. Gann
airliners.net Tech/Ops Forum any post By SlamClick (self-deprecating humor)

Nonfiction: (autobiographical works etc.)
Pilot by Tony LeVier (Lockheed test pilot)
Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins (Apollo astronaut and more)
Serenade to the Big Bird by Bert Stiles (B-17 pilot)
Stranger to the Ground by Richard Bach (Flying an F-84 IFR over Europe)
Flights of Passage by Samuel Hynes (WWII Navy pilot)
Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine deSte. Exupery (literature on a flying theme)

That ought to get you started.



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User currently offlineMsllsmith From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 396 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2790 times:

All of my favorites have been mentioned, but one. Don't know who it's good for. Maybe everyone. But, it's sure good reading.

"Emergency! Crisis In The Cockpit" Stanley Stewart. (pub.McGraw Hill)

It includes accounts of among other things; An account of the Gimli Glider (all those other ratings may some day come back to save your a*s).

LLSmith



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User currently offlineQantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2765 times:

On a more serious note than my last half-serious post, "The Air Pilot's Glossary and Reference Guide" by David Bruford (published by Airlife) is quite an excellent compilation of useful acronyms and various explanations. It is perhaps a little more for the enthusiast than the pilot, but still a very handy, complete book.

Cheers,
QantasA332


User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2763 times:

My first flight instructor gave my a book, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach. Ive read it many times and it still is my favorite book of all time. Not much to do with how to fly/rules of flight but a good book none the less.

[Edited 2004-03-26 04:37:22]


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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2739 times:

I have just started reading The Spirit of St. Louis by Charles Lindburgh. I have not really gotten very far through it, but it is a good read so far.

'Speed


User currently offlineNightHawk117 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2732 times:

I would suggest 'Every Man A Tiger' and 'Fighter Wing' by Tom Clancy.


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User currently offlineIllini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2699 times:

Slamclick,

On a similar vein to some of your recomendataions:

"North Star Over My Shoulder" Robert Buck (the guy who wrote "Weather Flying, his autobiography.)

"Airman's Odyssey" Saint Ex. (A collection of 3 of his works, Wind, Sand and Stars, Night Flight, Flight to Arras)

"Forever Flying" Bob Hoover (A must for anyone who enjoyed "The Right Stuff")

"Fly Low, Fly Fast" (don't know the author, but it's a look inside Unlimited class air racing at Reno.)

"The Compleat Taildragger Pilot" Harvey S. Plourde (a must for anyone thinking of transitioning to conventional gear aircraft)



Happy contrails - I support B747Skipper and Jetguy
User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2660 times:

Illini 152
"Fly Low, Fly Fast" was written by Robert Gandt. I think I'll have to read that. I've seen nearly every race at Reno since 1970. Even had a ride around the course in a P-51 once - it took a month to get the grin off my face. Still a great show!

Milt Thompson wrote a good book about the X-15 project, worth reading. He also flew one of the lifting bodies.

"Chickenhawk" by Robert Mason is a good account by a Vietnam helicopter pilot.

"A Gift of Wings" by Richard Bach is another one that is often overlooked. It is a collection of the short articles he wrote early in his career that showcase his talent and vision.





Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineIllini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2659 times:

Slamclick

Thanks, I was too lazy to run upstairs and check the author on that one  Smile . One of these days I'd like to get out there to witness it first hand, especially after reading that book!

--
Mike



Happy contrails - I support B747Skipper and Jetguy
User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2664 times:

Illini 152
I have a secret. I keep Google open in another window. I just did a quick search for it.  Smile




Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offline9VSIO From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 716 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2237 times:
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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2211 times:

Flight without Formulae....AC Kermode.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineRaginMav From United States of America, joined May 2004, 376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2194 times:

"Flight of Passage" by Rinker Buck, makes for an interesting and light read.

25 Tod : Blind Trust by John Nance Tod
26 Chksix : 80 Knots To Mach 2 (Naval Aviator Mem.); Linnekin R Feet Wet - Reflections Of A Carrier Pilot; Gillcrist P
27 Post contains images FLY2HMO : Great book, a bit hard to digest though. I can't believe nobody has mentioned: FAR/AIM Instrument Flying Handbook Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Kn
28 Scooter01 : I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Richard Bach's book "Stranger to the ground" where he describes a flight from the London area to an airbase in sout
29 PGNCS : "Fly the Wing." The book every pilot should read and re-read at every opportunity.
30 Post contains images HAWK21M : regds MEL
31 RaginMav : Amen! I forgot about that book. It is truly excellent... I may go re-read that one!
32 Post contains images SEPilot : One I think every pilot should read; one of my favorite books of all time. I cannot overemphasize how good it is.
33 Starglider : "Human Factors in Flight" by Frank H Hawkins This excellent book is recommended for all pilots and cabin attendants, regulators, safety managers and
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