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LeRoy Cook chose to become a lifelong student of aviation in his early years, catching the fever during the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of powered flight in 1953. He determined to learn and share as much of aviation as he could, and is still exploring flight 50-plus years later. His career as an aviation writer began in 1970; he had been a flight instructor since 1965 and wanted to reach a wider audience, through aviation publications. With over 1,350 magazine articles published, Cook was a monthly columnist at Private Pilot Magazine for 34 years, where he was a senior editor. His book, "Beyond Flight Training” (previously published under the title “101 Things to Do with your Private License" ) has been helping readers transition from Student to Pilot for more than 30 years and is now in its Fourth Edition. He co-authored "American Aviation, An Illustrated History" also by McGraw Hill, and has contributed to other books over the years. Cook holds ATP ratings for single and multi-engine airplanes, with commercial glider and seaplane ratings and his Gold Seal flight instructor's certificate carries single and multi-engine airplane, instrument and glider privileges. A lifelong resident of western Missouri, Cook is married with three children and continues teaching others about flying on a daily basis.

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