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In my years of flying, teaching flying, and giving FAA flight checks, I found that many, many, techniques and
procedures are not being taught to students, and consequently, are not known by many pilots. They once were,
but have been forgotten or passed over as flying has grown and changed. Or maybe some things have been valid
in the past, but have been made invalid by changes in equipment and technology. They are important and life
saving and should be learned by every pilot. You may, or may not, have been taught in this way, but you owe
it to yourself and your passengers to check this book out and see where you stand. Many pilots always seem
to "have it all together" and have the admiration of all who know them. This book will help you to be one
of those pilots. It is not designed to be a question/answer book to help you pass a written or oral exam,
but instead is designed to help you see situations in-flight and know how to respond to them. It is
designed to give you the confidence and skills you need to meet the challenges you will experience in
complex situations. It is deep and written to influence the way you think and the way you react.
You will learn how to train yourself and/or your students to perceive a challenging condition accurately,
and how to train your responses to react automatically, quickly, and accurately, to stressful situations.
One reading will not do it. It will require reading, studying, application, and practice to bring
your skills and abilities to the point where you will be the very best pilot you are capable of
being. You will be one of those pilots that everyone is comfortable flying with, and in the end,
say "I want to be as good as she, or he, is." Good luck, and many happy flights to you.
Below are pictures of the author
in 1956 as a member of the 69th Fighter Bomber Squadron at Osan Air Base
in Korea. These are his words. "I loved being a fighter pilot and dreamed
of being involved in some great air war operation and pitting my skills
against the enemy, but fate has a way of adjusting our lives. The closest
I got was flying close air support missions in Vietnam, but I loved that
also. I was living my dreams. It wasn't the conflict, but I loved flying
and its challenges in all of its many forms and in any aircraft. The years
flew by, many thousands of hours accumulated, and eventually the greatest
love and the greatest challenge before me was to become a really good flight
instructor. The last twenty years of my life have been concentrated on
learning and perfecting the art, or maybe science, of flight instruction.
I have taken the experiences and lessons learned over my fifty years of
flying and tried to integrate them into a more effective method of instruction.
Your dreams may be as an airline pilot, or a bush pilot, or any other kind
of pilot, but as you pass the portals of being a student, a private pilot,
and especially a flight instructor, be the very best you can be.
That is what this book is about. May you always fly with a tail wind and
may all of your dreams come true."