This fast-moving series teaches kids the basics of how-different kinds of machines work. High-impact photograph give closeup looks at different machine parts.
Children's Literature - Tina ChanPlanes and helicopters have various uses, from carrying passengers and their luggage to taking aerial photographs to spraying crops in farm fields. To gain a full understanding of how planes and helicopters fly, readers must first learn about aircraft parts and their functions. The cockpit is the front area where the pilots operate the controls, engines provide power to move forward through the air, and a plane’s wings and a helicopter’s rotor blades lift the aircraft off the ground and keep it in the air. Inside the cockpit, pilots work with many controls (e.g., a navigation display, engine indicators, engine throttles) to operate the aircraft safely. Pilots use a yoke (steering wheel) or a control column (joystick) to steer the aircraft. Most planes land on a runway using the landing gear, sets of wheels lowered for landing and raised into the body of the plane during the flight. Because seaplanes take off and land on water, they have large floats or pontoons to help them float on water. Pilots land a helicopter by slowing the rotor blade speed, creating a force that allows the helicopter to travel gently downward. Large, vivid, age-appropriate color photographs correspond with the text and enhance the story. A glossary is features words that may be unfamiliar to readers. Also included are a quiz, a list of further resources, and an index. Reviewer: Tina Chan AGERANGE: Ages 6 to 10.
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