Editor’s Picks: Summer Reading

Looking to up your skills or just relax with a book at your campsite at EAA AirVenture? Today we’ll share a few summer reading suggestions for the aviator. And speaking of AirVenture, be sure to come visit us this week in Hangar B, Aisle D!

Logging Flight Time
by William K. Kershner

A fantastic collection of articles written by famed aviator Bill Kershner during his more than fifty years of flying. In these stories, Kershner details some of the more humorous, humiliating and helpful things he has seen and readers are sure to find them amusing and entertaining. Those who are pilots themselves may find some incidents all too familiar. Mostly chronological, these stories begin with Kershner’s first flying experiences, through his career as a Navy fight pilot and then on to the later years as a corporate pilot and instructor.

Cockpit Procedures: Effective Routines for Pilots and Virtual Aviators
by Chris R. Burger

DPE and CFI Chris Burger examines the nitty gritty of both airplane and helicopter operation. Cockpit Procedures is written as a guide to proper airmanship with an emphasis on developing good habits as a PIC. This includes workflow management, using checklists, priorities and thinking during abnormal and emergency procedures, understanding and using POHs, practical tips for normal flight, and maintaining a healthy balance of caution and confidence. Though written for brand-new pilots, we recommend this book to aviators of all skill levels.

The Golden Years of Flying: As We Remember
by Captain Tex Searle

From 1946 to 1986, Frontier Airlines flew the Rocky Mountain region, where their pilots achieved the best safety record in civil aviation. In the early days, crews hand-flew DC-3s through “tornado alley” without radar, and in and out of small airports hidden deep in mountain canyons, with approaches often referred to as “black holes” due to their almost ominous darkness and lack of reliable visual references. Tex Searle shares his and other Frontier Airlines captains’ stories in this collection of tales from a remarkable period in aviation history.

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