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...they...develop different...intuitive way of thinking about how airplanes fly [and] delve into highspeed flight and aerodynamic testing. -- Flight Training, May, 2001

[The authors]...develop a different, more intuitive way of thinking about how airplanes fly...[and] delve into high-speed flight and aerodynamic testing. -- Flight Training, May 2001 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Get to the heart of how planes fly

Never before has it been so easy to grasp how planes fly!
Of keen importance to pilots, essential to engineers, and intriguing even to the earthbound, the principles of flight are often parroted but widely misunderstood. Now you can be among those who truly get it.

The simplest way to master an understanding of the science of flight.

This enlightening book helps you bypass common distortions, misconceptions, and half-truths and genuinely understand how aeronautics works.

This book gives you brain- and gut-level understanding of what gets you up there and keeps you up there!
*Explains flight in simple, intuitive terms
*Spares you misinformation and confusion—this book gets it right and tells it right
*100 high-impact illustrations show you lift, propulsion, and design at work
*Provides practical insights pilots can use for improved performance and safety
*Demonstrates the why’s and how’s of wing shape, plane construction, flight testing, and high-speed flight
*Written by pilots (one a physicist and the other a professor of aeronautics)
*Perfect for beginning pilots --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Basic enough for young ages Jan. 11 2012
By Runner - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book for my daughter, who is 13 and enamored with flight. She has spent hours with the book. The pictures and drawings help bring the topics down to an understandable level for all ages.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Game-changer: GREAT BOOK Jan. 22 2011
By Vanda - Published on Amazon.com
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What are you looking for?

This book is written by very accomplished aeronautical industry/academic professionals. Do you want their insights? Or, do you want their formulae?

Many want the formulae, but I wanted the insights. And that is exactly what this book provides.

If you are looking for a fresh, experienced, and non-dogmatic view of the principles of flight then this is the book for you.

You'll get it as soon as you get through about 20 pages. This isn't your sad physics teacher's regurgitation text on flight. It is real and begins to point light on lift and aerodynamics for those of a more philosophically curious nature.

Simple, straight-forward, and with the gravity of experience. Excellent.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
No Table of Contents Aug. 6 2012
By jhkjh - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought the electronic version of this book to have as a quick cheap reference, but was shocked to find the electronic version of it doesn't have a table of contents. What I don't understand is that Amazon displays a table of contents on the website. But for some reason they figured that a Kindle readers prefer clicking through the book page by page rather than jumping straight to the section of interest. If this were a novel I wouldn't care, but for a technical book it's totally unacceptable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Covers many topics superficially July 19 2014
By Fernando Garzon,(garzon@nets.com) - Published on Amazon.com
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The book starts with a non standard approach to describing lift forces on a wing. The authors attempt to explain the lift processes in terms of power rather than the more conventional approach of differential pressure induced by fluid flow around an object. They use the terms induced power and parasitic power rather than introducing the more conventional terms of induced drag and parasitic drag. Of course all of these variables are mathematically related just as one can derive the differential pressure changes from the momentum changes of the airflow over a wing. Aerodynamicists know that the reality of lift and drag phenomena is very complex and is only rigorously modeled by understanding the mathematical interrelationships between energy and momentum exchanges of huge numbers of molecules and surfaces and the intermolecular forces that determine fluid viscosity.

A problem with the approach is that it does not directly lead to the simplified mathematical relationships resulting from changes in drag coefficients and the reader is not really introduced to the standard nomenclature used by the aeronautical community. Few basic equations are really used either. The reader is also subjected to many "factoids" that are not really related to the subject material being discussed. The later chapters also stumble in explaining lift augmentation devices and propulsion systems due to the unconventional introduction. As an engineering educator, I came away from the book with a feeling that the book fails to provide the reader with background to further delve into the subject matter. I have read better introductory books such as Smith's Illustrated Guide to Aerodynamics.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Understanding Flight, Second Edition May 9 2013
By StarTraveller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I taught for the TCDSB for 23 years. I now do science workshops for school children and educators. I currectly sit on the editorial board of the Science Teachers Association of Ontario for our two e- magazines.

The authors scientifically challenge the Bernoulli explanation of flight found in many textbooks and pilot's manuals. Anderson and Eberhardt explain and prove that the Bernoulli explanation is just plain wrong.

The book is written for the average reader who does not have a degree in physics. It is a non-mathematical approach to the physics of flight that reads like a novel.

There are insertions, like sidebars, which contain facts about flight and aviation history. These make for fascinating reading, yet do not take away from the flow of the book. The many illustrations and pictures complement the points the authors are making.


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