I'D RATHER BE FLYING by Frank K. Smith


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The lawyer flyer author who a few years ago gave us Flights of Fancy now tells the story of how he learned to fly with instruments. Bad weather he found was grounding him too many times, ruining flying vacations and cancelling business trips. Realizing that his Comanche plane was equipped for blind flying, he entered into the arduous and sometimes dangerous task of learning to use that maze of dials and instruments. Terms like procedure tern, ommal navigation and Jeppesen charts are explained, as well as are the intricacies of poking blindly through fog and rain 5000 feet above the earth. Further business and family flights, some through New England and some to the Bahamas, are also related with a light touch. As a breezy account of flying, the book does good service with its wealth of information and tips. It is marred however by the author's flippant vernacular, which may sound good over an airport or country club bar but which seems only pretentious in print. An extensive glossary of instrument flying terms will prove useful to air buffs, who, come to think of it, will constitute the book's main audience.

Pub Date: Aug. 30th, 1962
Publisher: Random House