Many a pilot ponders penning their life in the cockpit. Few meet that goal. Dr. Richard A. Komm learned to fly in Piper Cubs in 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri. Today, the flying octogenarian owns and pilots a B-35 Bonanza.
The journey between humble beginning and today is the subject of his new book, “Cubs to Bonanzas.” Being a licensed psychologist, Dr. Komm delivers an insight to grass roots flying from a unique perspective.
Chapter 15 includes a 10-item list of “things I’ve learned” applicable to pilots and non-pilots alike. For example: “keep equipment in tip-top condition,” “read as much as you can about…,” and “involve yourself in study and self-help…” are just the first three items on Komm’s list. How are these not applicable in all stages of life?
The book concludes with a paper on “Spatial Disorientation in IMC: Personality Correlates and Implications.” Komm presented the paper at EAA AirVenture in 2002 but labels it a statement as opposed to research paper or an article for a popular journal. Thoughtful commentary to be sure.
Four pages from the first chapter can be read on the “Cubs to Bonanzas” website. The book is available in softcover ($15.99), hardcover ($22.99) and as an e-book ($3.99) from Xlibris, Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
For more information: CubsToBonanzas.com.