Editor’s Picks for the 2017 Holiday Season

2017 was a big year for us at ASA. We’ve been busy, releasing new editions of all three Pilot’s Manual textbooks (Flight School, Ground School, and Instrument Flying), William Kershner’s The Student Pilot’s Flight Manual, Bob Gardner’s The Complete Private Pilot, our Oral Exam Guide titles (Private, Instrument, CommercialMulti-Engine, CFI, and Aircraft Dispatcher), Dale Crane’s Dictionary of Aeronautical Terms and Aviation Mechanic Handbook, multiple FAA Handbooks, and of course our Test Prep and FAR series titles. Today, I’d like to recommend three brand-new products from ASA, sure to suit the aviator on your holiday shopping list.

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Guide
by Brent Terwilliger, David Ison, John Robbins, Dennis Vincenzi

This is the perfect gift for a remote pilot, whether they’re just a hobbyist or looking into monetizing their drone flying. Written by a team of UAS-industry experts, this book covers the history of drones, design philosophies, technology, and safety practices, as well as resources to help you make well-informed decisions regarding purchase and use and determine a path forward through the complex legal, business, operational, and support considerations.

The Flight Instructor’s Survival Guide
by Arlynn McMahon

For the CFI in your life, Arylnn McMahon shares forty-four stories that demonstrate the fundamentals of instructon (FOI) principles in flight and offer practical strategies for dealing with both common and unexpected situations—all with wisdom, grace, and humor. Through artful storytelling, McMahon shows how a successful instructor is sometimes a psychologist, other times a detective, and always a gatekeeper enforcing rules and cultivating the behaviors required to be a responsible aviation citizen.

CX-3 Flight Computer
by Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.

Years in the making, the new CX-3 Flight Computer is the ultimate gift to the pilot on your list. Check out our rundown of all of it’s features in last month’s blog post. The CX-3 Flight Computer makes flight planning simple by taking confusion out of the equation. Fast, versatile and easy to use, the CX-3 delivers accurate results quickly and efficiently. It can even be used on all FAA and Canadian pilot, mechanic, and dispatcher knowledge exams. Whether used for flight planning, ground school, or knowlledge testing, the menu organization reflects the order in which a flight is normally planned and executed, resulting in a natural flow from one function to the next with a minimum of keystrokes.

For more holiday gift ideas, check out our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. And stay tuned, we’re working hard to deliver a lot of new books in 2018 which we will be able to tell you about soon!

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