An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Astronaut Chris Hadfield has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. A recent 144 days stint as commander of the International Space Station (ISS) saw him post hundreds of spectacular images to Twitter (@Cmdr_Hadfield) which earned him more than 1 million followers.

In addition to still images, Hadfield interacted with students from the ISS on subjects as mundane as How to Wash Your Hands in Space and How to Make a Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich in Space and his Space Oddity cover of the David Bowie song has been viewed on YouTube nearly 20 millions times. [Read more...]

Eighth edition of Instrument Pilot Oral Exam Guide released

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ASA has released the eighth edition of the Instrument Pilot Oral Exam Guide, which helps applicants prepare for the oral exam portion of the instrument checkride with FAA examiners.

Using a question-and-answer format, this guide lists the questions most likely to be asked by examiners and provides succinct, ready responses, according to ASA officials.

New to this edition is a chapter on scenario-based training, which helps applicants prepare for questions related to unexpected events that might occur during flight. Appendices include a Practical Test Checklist for Applicants and Examiners, Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument Airplane Supplement, and FAA Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) guidance.

Price: $12.95 for the softcover book. Also available as an eBook, iBook and app.

For more information: ASA2Fly.com

Weather Flying

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In the fifth edition of “Weather Flying,” often regarded as the bible of weather flying, Robert O. Buck (son of the book’s original author) delves into how “computers, personal electronic devices, electronic flight instrument systems, and other technologies are changing the way general aviation pilots fly weather.”

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‘Cubs to Bonanzas’ shares a 65-year perspective from a pilot’s eyes

CubstoBonanzas

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.

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Pilot pens new thriller

The Entity

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – According to the FAA, close to 80% of aviation accidents are caused by human error.

Norman Harrison, an aeronautics instructor with 26 years experience as a U.S. naval aviator, has a special interest in this issue. Combining present-day realities of aviation with artificial intelligence gone wrong, Harrison has written a new techno-thriller, “The Entity.”

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