Tips to Fly by: Thousands of Pic Hours' Worth of Tips and Tricks of the Trade

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Organized into the natural progression of a flight, this is a compendium of tips on virtually every aspect of piloting an aircraft, including ground work, takeoff and initial climb, enroute climb and cruise, and descent and landing. Advice is offered on such advanced flight topics as flying high-performance singles and twins, dealing with emergencies, and operating at busy airports.
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Organized into the natural progression of a flight, this is a compendium of tips on virtually every aspect of piloting an aircraft, including ground work, takeoff and initial climb, enroute climb and cruise, and descent and landing. Advice is offered on such advanced flight topics as flying high-performance singles and twins, dealing with emergencies, and operating at busy airports.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560273387
  • Publisher: Aviation Supplies and Academics, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Series: General Aviation Reading Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard L. Collins is the author of Flying the Weather Map and Flying IFR. He is editor-at-large of Flying magazine and served as publisher and editor-in-chief of AOPA Pilot magazine. He lives in Ijamsville, Maryland.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
1 On the Ground 1
Preflight Planning 2
The Pilot 3
The Airplane 6
The Flight 13
2 Takeoff and Initial Climb 25
Takeoff 25
Initial Climb 29
3 En Route Climb and Cruise 37
A Smooth, Hands-On Transition 38
Navigation (Pilotage Still Works) 39
Marginal VFR 40
Ground Speed: Staying One-Up En Route 43
Fuel Management 44
Choosing the "Optimum" Altitude 47
Traffic--See and Be Seen 48
4 Descent and Landing 51
Engine-Cooling Technique 52
Vigilance on Descents 53
Finding the Airport 53
Flying Hands-On in the Traffic Pattern 54
Concentration on Approach 57
The Power/Pitch Controversy 58
The Flaps Flap 62
Is the Approach Too High, Too Fast? 64
Taildraggers 70
5 High-Performance Singles 73
Cockpit Check 75
Retractables 76
T-tails 80
Loading and Performance 81
Systems 83
6 Flying the Twins 85
The Accelerate/Stop Myth 88
Engine-Out Technique 93
Single Versus Twin IFR 100
Getting to Know Twins 103
7 The Art of Practice 107
Practice V[subscript MC] Safely 109
To Spin or Not to Spin 114
8 Emergencies 117
Hands-On in an Emergency 118
Time and Emergencies 123
Weather Emergencies 125
The 180 and Other Saves 126
One Down, None to Go 129
It's in the Book 131
9 Flying at Busy Airports 133
Communications 136
The ATC/Pilot Relationship 138
Wake Turbulence 138
Jet Blast Avoidance 143
10 Night Flying 145
Weather 147
Cockpit Lighting 150
Fuel 151
Departures and Arrivals 152
Instruments 152
Approaches and Landings 153
11 Mountain Flying 157
Mountain Strips 159
Engine Failure 160
Wind and Clouds 161
Stall/Spin 162
Thin Air 163
Big Downdraft 166
12 Moving to Higher Altitudes 167
Instrument Rating Required 167
Oxygen 168
Age and Condition 169
Pressurization 171
The Turbocharged Engine 172
Wind Aloft 174
Singles Versus Twins 177
13 VFR or IFR? 179
Hazy Days 180
The System Works 182
Planning 183
Freedom of Choice 184
14 Those Magnificent Machines 187
The Author's Selections 187
Used Airplanes 197
The Final Selection 197
15 Fine Points 199
Definition 199
Finest Point of All 203
Index 205
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