New book: Area 51 – Black Jets

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Area 51, until recently, was the worst-kept U.S. government secret. We all knew it existed, but the mystery of the place remained, and still does.

Bill Yenne’s book, “Area 51 Black Jets – A History of the Aircraft Developed at Groom Lake, America’s Secret Aviation Base,” does much to unveil the mystery.

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Managing Risk: Best Practices for Pilots

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Now available from ASA is “Managing Risk: Best Practices for Pilots,” which uses actual aircraft accident examples, statistics, aviation safety studies, and the authors’ more than 60 years of combined experience as pilots and flight safety educators to document and describe the 10 most significant accident threat categories, and shed light on the applicable human-factor issues that make pilots vulnerable to them.

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‘Swamp Eagles’ published

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Deep beneath the dark Louisiana swamp waters exists a lake of rich oil and gas deposits. This wealth has been extracted by the petroleum industries over the past 50 years, but very little has been written of the role of the seaplane in this activity.

In his new book, “Swamp Eagles,” Darryl DiMaggio, Sr., a retired seaplane pilot, tells a series of exciting, amusing, and sometimes amazing true stories experienced by him and his fellow pilots.

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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…]