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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (Oct. 15 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0026071509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0026071505
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,161,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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AviationSelect Book Club selection --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Barry Schiff is a 34-year veteran of TWA and holds five world aviation speed records. He is a contributing editor of AOPA Pilot. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Format: Paperback
Schiff's wisdom and clarity are tough to appreciate when you don't know anything about flying. Save this one until after you've soloed at the very least. Then reread it once per year. And don't forget Volume 2 when you can learn how to fly the North Atlantic and also how to ditch if your flight to Europe doesn't go as planned...
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By mf on Oct. 20 2001
Format: Paperback
Even you are familiar with the principle of flying, the book can provide new insight in every flying aspect. It uses different point of view to elucidate the basic theory. I am sure you can get more understanding about what you have learnt in flying.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Do you REALLY know what lift is? Aug. 10 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Being a helicopter and fixed wing instructor pilot for 7 years, I thought I knew how lift worked. NOT. Read what they did not teach you in flight school in this great book by Mr. Schiff.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Top five June 9 2000
By Charilaos N. Ginos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a physicist and private pilot, having read a few dozens of books on aviation, I find this book (in fact the two volumes I and II) the best aviation reading I have ever come across. Strongly recommended even if you think you have read it all.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
not for raw beginners April 14 2002
By Philip Greenspun - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Schiff's wisdom and clarity are tough to appreciate when you don't know anything about flying. Save this one until after you've soloed at the very least. Then reread it once per year. And don't forget Volume 2 when you can learn how to fly the North Atlantic and also how to ditch if your flight to Europe doesn't go as planned...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A true professional in many ways...OUTSTANDING!! Jan. 11 2013
By TJBeechcraft - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Captain Schiff is not only a very experienced pilot and instructor (a true AIRMAN), he somehow manages to distill his vast knowledge into very usable and PRACTICAL morsels for others to benefit from. This is a fantastic series of books that covers many different topics and aspects of aviation (each chapter stands alone as 'something to think about'). I am an 11,000 hour corporate captain and flight instructor (ATP, CFMEII Gold Seal) and have learned a great deal from Barry. He really does just have a way of explaining things that makes the information 'stick'. I cannot recommend these books highly enough...I've even purchased the boxed set as a gift for my students. Thank you Captain Schiff for transporting us safely to 'the land of crystal clarity'! :-)
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PRICELESS WISDOM Nov. 7 2009
By Steve Dietrich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In another, pre-digital age pilots were more social. Perhaps it was that pilots took up flying at a younger age and had more time to socialize. In such social settings and frequently aided by the availability of adult beverages, talk of all things flying ran late into the night. Precious wisdom was passed down from the tribal elders, often under challenge from young, upstart pilots. Much of the most important lessons of flying came from these discussions. Today's pilot is much more likely to be processed through a professional flight school under the tutelage of pilots who themselves were the product of identical schools only a year or two earlier. Much of the real world and pleasures of flying are lost in the process.

Schiff fills that gap, bringing a wealth of flying knowledge gathered around the world in 50 plus years of flying countless airplanes, from Piper Cubs to jet transports. Barry is also unique in that he is an accomplished instructor and writer. His knowledge is packaged into well written, highly digestible pieces that are perfect for an evening read.

The book is a timeless gift for any pilot, especially one with perhaps 150 hours who is entering that phase where many pilots don't know what they don't know and it leads them to grief. It's one of those books that belong on a pilot's bookshelf and will provide useful lessons/reminders year after year.

Highly recommended.


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