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Flight Training: Taking the Short Approach

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Flight Training: Taking the Short Approach

by David Diamond

A comprehensive orientation to aviation — find out what's involved with learning to fly and earning a pilot's license in this streamlined approach to flight training.

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"Taking the Short Approach" was written as an aviation primer and provides an introduction to the whole flight training process. As freshman rely on seniors to learn the ropes, readers will find themselves turning time and time again to David Diamond’s guidance and recommendations.

Starting with a look at what's involved in the initial decision to take flight lessons, Flight Training: Taking the Short Approach is a comprehensive orientation to flight training that tackles the subject of aviation training from the perspective of discovery rather than syllabus. Aviation is a circular subject that has no perfect point of entry when taught. There is no aspect of aviation that doesn't require at least some understanding of another aviation topic. Short Approach does away with the traditional topic-by-topic approach to aviation instruction, instead allowing the reader to fall into the subject right from the start, helped along by the author's conversational style and friendly humor in sharing his experiences. This book makes the ideal first read for anyone who intends to start flight training; it should be considered "Flight Training 101."

Diamond does not assume any aviation knowledge on the part of the reader. His book is the ideal handbook for student pilots, covering such topics as why people fly, the process of learning to fly — including money matters, health requirements, time commitments, school and instructor options, and the tests involved — and the privileges and limitations associated with a pilot certificate. From there, the author dispels frequent concerns of learning to fly, such as the realities of engine failures, midair collisions, and weather. The airplane is covered with an orientation to the controls and instrumentation, and showing which maneuvers students will be flying throughout the pilot curriculum. The book concludes by discussing which gizmos can help with training, which can hurt the learning process, and which are necessary if not only for the “cool” factor.

Since the author is also an accomplished illustrator, the text is accompanied by some of the best full-color and 3D graphics found in any aviation textbook — readers will have a solid “mind’s eye view” of the flight training process. As a result, they will enter their flight training program completely prepared, knowing exactly what needs to happen to get their license, understanding what to expect and being able to make the right decisions, so no time is wasted at the airport or in the airplane… "Taking the short approach to flight training."

Copyright © 2004-2020 David Diamond. All rights reserved.

ISBN 9781560275561

AuthorDavid Diamond
Date Published2004
Dimensions7-1/4" x 9"
Page Count292 pages
IllustrationsColor illustrations
Weight1.25 lbs

"Like all pilots that I know, I have read parts or all of numerous books on the subject of flight instruction, and this is clearly the best that is on the market in every respect. This is the first publication to provide the prospective or current student pilot a true, "real world" perspective of what learning to fly is really all about. I like the intuitive approach to the overall framework of the book, and this combined with the crystal clear explanations of at times difficult concepts and literally the best illustrations and diagrams that I have ever seen, serves to set this work apart from all others. Indeed, I think that history will confirm my belief that this book will set a new standard in the field."

—Dr. Kenny Reed, Flight Instructor and L-39 pilot

"I'm a good pilot and I thought I had good instruction. But this book contains a lot of stuff I simply hadn't learned! This is the way it ought to have been taught all along. Makes me wish I didn't have this day job, so I could fly more often!"

—Roger O'Donnell, keyboardist for The Cure, and private pilot

"David Diamond has not just the Write stuff, but he's a foremost expert at 3D illustration--a powerful and rare combination when it comes to aviation instruction."

—Thomas Haines, Executive Editor, AOPA