FAIR-WEATHER FLYING by Richard L. Taylor


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This is an aviation reference book for experienced fair-weather fliers who want to improve skills and boost enjoyment. Fair-weather fliers are amateurs who rely on Visual Flight Rules, when weather conditions are at or above certain minimums. First comes the checklist with such items as absolute verification of how much gas is in the tank -- don't believe anybody else or a needle: YOU LOOK. Taylor (Instrument Flying,) has safety tips on engine warmup, and suggestions on ways to infuriate the control tower, how to fly by dead reckoning, and so on. The misuse of wingflaps always raises a fight: some pilots like to slide in sideways, using the whole plane as an airbrake just before landing. Some days the air is full of lumps -- near lakeshores, or lines of buildings -- and there are turbulences to watch for both thermal and mechanical (as by mountains with their drafts). Then there are such dismaying moments as engine failure immediately after takeoff. What do you do? You land as soon as possible. Not for general reading.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1974
Publisher: Macmillan