Flight Training: Taking the Short Approach

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"Flight Training: 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, this book is a comprehensive orientation to flight training that tackles the subject of aviation training from the perspective of...

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Overview


"Flight Training: 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, this book 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."

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

"I would have loved to have had this book when I was deciding to become a pilot." —Don Thomas, retired Delta pilot

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560275565
  • Publisher: Aviation Supplies and Academics, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 1,298,431
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author


David Diamond is a private pilot and produces 3D illustrations for aviation publications such as AOPA Pilot, Flight Training, and Pilot. He lives in Alameda, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

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    The Short Approach does an exceptional job demystifying learning to fly. His easy to read and understand, humorous style greatly helps make sense of a sometimes daunting goal. Well organized and to-the-point descriptions are indispensable. Highly recommended for any beginning pilot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2005

    This book rocks!

    I kind of thought this might be a 'flying for dummys' kind of book but it's far from that. Everyone goes on about the great illustrations, but I was more impressed by the author's words. He not only knows his stuff, but he explains things in really easy to understand ways. Nice job, Mr. Diamond! (OK, yeah I'm a Berlin fan too. :)

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