The growing fraternity of people who have found release in flying as a hobby have their advocate here in lawyer Frank Smith who tried everything from golf to do-it-yourself projects before flying proved to be his solution. A friend took him for a ride in a small private plane; this was the start of what became his escape. He goes into the step-by-step personal experience, the purchase of a small plane, the mastery of the techniques (the reader feels she could fly on the basis of it); the results in health and relaxation, in rich hours with his children, sharing the wonders of flight. He includes a section on types of private planes, with complete details and prices. He answers the arguments against flying; discusses safety and the causes of failure; weighs the facts of expense. The book is contagiously enthusiastic.