Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane

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Flying Carpet is the inside story of the making of a pilot. Journey life's skies with Greg Brown as he matures from fledgling to seasoned aviator, encountering aerial adventure and colorful characters all along the way. Sweat with him through harrowing flights, learn by his triumphs and mistakes, and join his young family growing up aloft. This book goes beyond traditional flying stories - learn what it takes to conquer the nagging fears faced by every pilot when attempting to master this most revered and ...
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Flying Carpet is the inside story of the making of a pilot. Journey life's skies with Greg Brown as he matures from fledgling to seasoned aviator, encountering aerial adventure and colorful characters all along the way. Sweat with him through harrowing flights, learn by his triumphs and mistakes, and join his young family growing up aloft. This book goes beyond traditional flying stories - learn what it takes to conquer the nagging fears faced by every pilot when attempting to master this most revered and challenging of human endeavors. Above all, Flying Carpet conveys the joy and boundless freedom of being a pilot, pursuing like our aerial ancestors the irresistible lure of the map. Whether you fly from an armchair or a pilot seat, Flying Carpet is one ride not to be missed.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813808086
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Pages: 319
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2004

    Great book for pilots and non-pilots alike!

    I'm an avid reader, reading quite a variety of books, fiction and non-fiction alike. It's not often that I put a book down after finishing it and wishing it could just go on and on. 'Flying Carpet' is a perfect example of that wish. Whether Mr. Brown meant to or not, each chapter had some sort of lesson in it for me. Planning an 'out' for inclement weather, using the airplane as a travel medium or simply having the good judgement to say 'Not today, it's not safe'. It all sunk in to this newly minted private pilot. In addition to my own signed copy (B&N in Chandler, early November), I purchased one for my CFI as a thank you gift. I gave it to him after landing at Scottsdale, when he met me on the ramp to congratulate me on passing my checkride. After my pilot father-in-law read the first chapter while visiting for Thanksgiving, my wife found another signed copy at the same store for him the following Saturday (ironically while he and I were flying around northern Arizona!). Upon finishing the book, I realized that this wasn't written exclusively for pilots. I thought my mother, who is somewhat reluctant about my newfound love, would benefit greatly from the book. So we found two MORE signed copies, one destined for my mother in Michigan and another for my father in Dallas as Christmas presents. The following February, my mother went up with me and loved it! I suspect this won't be the last of my purchases. The book has become a symbol for me. Instead of explaining why I love to fly, what I can do with the freedom and the joy of it, I simply send them the book with a note: 'This is what it's all about. Call me when you'd like to go up sometime!' I'm looking forward to Mr. Brown's future columns in Flight Training magazine as well as new books from his experiences. A very interesting, easy to read book that left me wanting more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2003

    Another Fantastic Greg Brown Aviation Book!

    A large portion of my life is spent with my nose in a book. I know a good one when I see it, and this is a good one. The moment I opened Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane, I was hooked. Greg Brown's unique talent lies in showing us how airplanes are used in the enterprise of aviation adventure while allowing us to learn some important lessons about flying. As you read, you¿ll find yourself buckled in with Greg and heading off to the shores of Lake Winnipeg to watch a solar eclipse or wrestling with ice on your wings or trying to outwit troublesome mountain waves. The adventures are plenty and education always present as you explore many wonderful places across the United States. Flying Carpet is a book for everyone. Pilots will be entertained and wiser for having read it. Those who don¿t fly will learn what it¿s like to share the wings of a skilled aviator.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2003

    Greg Brown is a wonderful storyteller

    As a flight instructor, I know this book will be fun reading for every pilot and for those who dream about being pilots. Brown shares the thrills and chills of flying and, at the same time, makes us feel safe going along for the ride. It's a combination of aerial adventure, self-discovery and pure joy. After you read this book, you'll want to invite Greg Brown over for a cup of coffee so he can regale you, in his easy-going, friendly manner, with more stories about the magic of flight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2003

    A fun, absorbing book for both pilots and non-pilots

    If you're a pilot or have ever dreamed of becoming one, you'll love this book! Greg Brown takes readers into the cockpit of his small plane and shares all the struggles, triumphs and the crazy adventures of a pilot from his novice days through today, with several decades of experience behind him. I found the book immensely readable. The language is simple and straighforward and the stories are broken down into short chapters, each a separate adventure. I also liked the variety of stories -- some were harrowing, some were downright hilarious and all of them made me wish I had been along for the ride. Finally, I found this book to be as much about relationships -- father-son, husband-wife, family and friends -- as it is about flying, which really balanced out the book for me. An enormously satisfying read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2003

    Reflections on Flight Make a Great Read

    I highly recommend Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane, both for pilots and non-flyers alike. The writing is clear and simple, but beautiful. A little tension, a little humor, and a lot of adventure await you in these pages. It's fun. It's not only about Brown's flying experiences, but also about the people he's encountered in his travels, and what he has learned about himself and the world. Since each adventure is a story in itself, it can be read (and reread) in small bites. For pilots, it evokes memories of similar experiences, and at times drives home the importance of the wise decision making which is so vital to safety in the air. For non-pilots, it's a little taste of life in a light plane, without being overwhelmed by a lot of aviation jargon. If you've been wondering why someone you love is addicted to aviation, or if you've been thinking you might learn to fly, Brown's Flying Carpet will help you feel the allure of the air.

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