Aviation touches nearly everyone, few understand how and why it works. Armed with experience as an aircraft owner and flight instructor, retired Navy Veteran and stay-at-home dad, Jeff Jorgenson, set out on a journey to inspire his kids and others with a holistic vision of how accessible aviation can be in our rapidly changing world.
While aviation is accessible to the middle class, it is only accessible in theory. Traditionally, aviation has been the privilege of the 1% or of those who have invested considerable time and money in aviation. But that model is changing. Democracy has made it so that more middle-class, more minorities, and more women are getting involved in aviation like never before.
Open Air is an overview of the basic building blocks of aviation. Jeff demonstrates how democracy has influenced the industry, providing an ideal platform for S.T.E.M. education. Jeff homes to equip everyday people with the tools that allow them to understand how the imbalances of the industry require a real shift to help close the gap on the looming, nationwide, pilot shortage. A must-read for anyone with an unaided interest in aviation.
|Publisher:||SkyWeb Aviation LLC|
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Table of Contents
Prologue: I Think I’m Gonna Like it Here
Chapter I: A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
Four Paths . Practical Reasons to Fly . LET’s GO! . Loot . Employment . Travel . Gladness . Obtainable . The Two Fs . Why Flying Today Is Safer Than EVER: Equipment, View, Education, Run-throughs . Equipment: Back-up Systems & New Technology . View: Mandatory Walk-around Inspections . Education: Rigorous & Structured-Run-throughs: Countless Drills & Scenarios . Pilot Requirements A-F
Chapter 2. I Can Go the Distance
The 3 Steps to Becoming a Pilot in the United States: JET . Jurisdiction: Join the Family . Education: LIFT . Testing: Oral and Practical
Chapter 3. The Bare Necessities
Availability and Quality . Scholarships and Costs . Kinds of Certificates . Sport Pilot Certificate . Recreational Pilot Certificate . Private Pilot . Instrument Rating . Commercial Pilot . Air Transportation Professional (ATP)
Chapter 4. Where Do I Go From Here?
Let’s Go Down Memory Lane! . Let’s Walk around the Airplane . Let’s Go Window Shopping for Airplanes! . General Aviation . Training Aircraft . Gliders . Personal Transportation . Competitive/Airshow . Business/Corporate . Helicopters . UAS/UAV/RPAS/Drone . Experimental Aircraft . The Military . The Airlines
Chapter 5. I Just Can’t Wait to Be King
Tangential Aviation Careers . Traditional Pilot Careers . Tier 3 Pilots . Tier 2 Pilots . Tier 1 Pilots
Chapter 6. I’ll Make a Pilot Out of You
Options: Finding a Flight School . Clubs: Sharing the Load . Educational Institutions: College or University . Accelerated Flight Training . Niche Ratings: Type Rating Schools
Chapter 7. Very Good Advice
Planning: Financial Discipline . Pals: Find a Mentor . Payments: Look for Scholarships
Chapter 8 – A Whole New World
Space Travel . Passenger Airlines . Oil-Alternative Engines . Remotely Operated Vehicles (Drones) . Technology Advances
Chapter 9 - It’s a Small World After All
Female Aviators . Local Legends . Athletes . Professionals . Entertainers . Musicians
Chapter 10 - Let’s Go Fly a Kite
Museums . Airshows . Productions: Fly-in Events . Seek Your Own Adventure
These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Mnemonics
Trivia and Tidbits
About the Author
When You Wish Upon a Star
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As a new flight student with no experience in the field of aviation, this book was the perfect mix of information and anecdote. Jeff provides a wealth of knowledge in an easy-to-read and fun manner, so you’re learning more than you realize because you’re enjoying the book so much! I absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for information to get started in the field of aviation and aviation enthusiasts looking for an entertaining read.