Are you a trivia fiend? If so, “The Smithsonian Book of Air & Space Trivia” might be just the ticket. The book teaches the history of aviation and space by asking and answering loads of questions. For example:
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.
One of our favorite people, LeRoy Brown, has released his biography: “From Cropduster to Airline Captain: The Biography of Captain Leroy H. Brown.”
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…]
Now available is the updated Practical Test Standards For Airline Transport Pilot and Type Rating.
The fifth edition of “Say Again, Please” has been released.
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
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.”