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* Chapters cover instructor and flight schools, communications, FAQs, control techniques, international perspective, and more

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Overview

* A "must" guide containing comprehensive and straight-to-the-point advice on current issues concerning a pilot's license—from how much it costs to regulations and requirements
* Fully updated, this classic bestseller provides the all-you-need to know considerations of flight training and earning a license
* Chapters cover instructor and flight schools, communications, FAQs, control techniques, international perspective, and more

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070151192
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry A. Eichenberger has written three other books for McGraw-Hill: General Aviation Law, now in its Second Edition; Handling In-Flight Emergencies, now in its Second Edition; and Cross-Country Flying. He has also written more than 200 magazine articles dealing with aviation law and aviation safety. His work is featured regularly in several monthly publications that serve the general aviation and commuter airline industries.

Mr. Eichenberger is a licensed commercial pilot, rated for single- and multiengine airplanes, helicopters, and gliders. He holds an airplane instrument rating, and is also a certified flight instructor, rated for airplanes, single- and multiengine, and instrument instruction. He has logged over 5,000 flying hours.

He is a practicing attorney who devotes his legal time to the area of aviation law, representing manufacturers, maintenance facilities, flight schools, airlines, FBOs, airports, and individual pilots and aircraft owners. Mr. Eichenberger lives and practices in the Columbus, Ohio area, where he remains an active general aviation pilot and flight instructor. He has owned a total of eight aircraft over the years since he learned to fly in 1965, and currently owns a totally restored classic Piper PA-22/20 Pacer.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
1 The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Learning to Fly 1
Why Should I Learn to Fly? 1
How Long Does It Take? 2
What Will I Fly? 3
What's the Cost of Learning to Fly? 5
Can the Cost Be Reduced Further? 6
Where Should I Learn to Fly? 8
What Kinds of Flight Schools Are There? 11
What Type of Trainer Should I Fly? 14
What If I Get Airsick? 15
What Safety Issues with Small Airplanes Should I Be Aware Of? 16
2 Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, and Glider Pilot Licenses 19
The Jargon of Pilots' Licenses 19
A Bit of History 21
Sport Pilot Licenses 24
Recreational Pilot Licenses 28
Glider Pilot Licenses 31
3 Instructors and Flight Schools 45
The Physical Exam 46
Choices in Flight Training 48
Buying Your Own Airplane 55
Ground Study Options 56
The Costs Involved 60
Timing Your Lessons 61
Instructors--Good and Bad 62
Judging Your Instructor 64
Mutual Respect 65
Fewer Student Pilots and the Time Problem 66
4 The Private Pilot Certificate 69
Student Pilot Requirements 69
Basic Private Pilot License Requirements 71
Privileges and Limitations 76
Staying Current 78
The Logbook 79
Legal Documents 79
5 The Airplane 81
Angle of Attack and Stalls 84
Stall Warning Devices 86
Thrust and Drag 87
Center of Gravity 88
Pitching the Nose Up or Down 91
Trim 91
Turning the Airplane 93
Wing Flaps 95
How the Propeller Works 97
In-Flight Effects of the Propeller 100
Using the Throttle 101
The Engine 103
The Flight Instruments 107
The Engine Instruments 116
6 Flying the Airplane 119
The Preflight Check 123
Getting Started in the Cockpit 132
Ready for Takeoff 146
Airspeed Control 147
Stalls and Stall Recovery 151
Other Stalls 154
Approaching to Land 155
Landing the Airplane 164
Weight and Balance Calculations 167
7 Control Techniques 175
Load and Air Density 178
Takeoffs 183
Climbs 184
Descents 188
Turns 190
The Typical Medium Turn 193
Climbing Turns 196
Descending Turns 198
Ground Reference Maneuvers 199
Rectangular Course 200
S-Turns across a Road 205
Turns about a Point 207
Not-So-Normal Landings 208
Flight Plans 229
Emergency Locator Transmitters 230
Emergency Instrument Procedures 231
Flying the Instruments 233
Back to Better Weather 237
Using the Turn Indicator 237
8 Weather 241
Preflight Weather Briefings 244
In-Flight Briefings 247
En Route Flight Advisory Services 247
In-Flight Weather Advisories 248
Air Pressure 249
Fronts and Air Masses 250
Dewpoints 255
Lapse Rates 255
Cloud Types 256
The Weather Map 260
Mountain Effects 261
Icing in Flight 264
The Weather Decision 266
9 VFR Navigation and Communications 273
VFR Weather Minimums 273
Right-of-Way Rules 274
Navigation 276
Obtaining a Course 283
Radio Aids to Navigation 301
Automatic Directional Finders 308
The Global Positioning System 310
Airspace Classifications 313
Air-to-Ground Communications 318
Tower Talk 318
Light Signals 324
Common Traffic Advisory Frequencies 326
Multicom Frequency 329
10 The Examinations 331
Knowledge Test 333
Practical Test 335
Glossary 339
Index 347
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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Great book for perspective student pilots

    If you are thinking about getting your private pilots license, I highly recommend reading this book 1st. It outlines what to expect when you are in training, what to look for in an instructor and in a flight school, and how to approach your training.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2009

    Great Book

    I'm not a pilot but I am an aviation enthusiast and I absolutely loved this book. This book explains the ins and outs of flight training and flying in general. Covering everything from types of certificates to the principles of flight this book is one for anyone interested in planes and aviation in general.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2001

    A Must for All Prospective Pilots

    This book is an absolute must for anyone considering flight training. Mr. Eichenberger uncovers all the myths and ancient legends about the medical requirments and costs of training. He also explains how to find the best flight school and instructor. Thanks to this book, I'm a pilot. Now how's that for a testimonial :)

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