If you are not too busy flying or attending air shows this summer, here are a few aviation books you might want to read – including two that will help you in the cockpit plus a couple of fun books about flying adventures in snowy Alaska:
Digital Flying: How I Use Today’s Technology in the Cockpit and Beyond. Jason Schappert, the pilot blogger behind MzeroA.com, has written a book covering all aspects of “digital flying” which can be downloaded for FREE here.
Making Perfect Takeoffs and Landings in Light Airplanes. The combination of two separate books into one edition, Making Perfect Takeoffs and Landings in Light Airplanes has separate chapters for specific takeoff or landing situations covering the methods and the logic behind them that will allow you to master techniques key to normal takeoffs and landings, crosswind procedures, short- and soft-field operations, night procedures, critical landing situations, slips, tailwheel operations and much more. The book is available for $19.95 from ASA2Fly.com.
Fifty Years Below Zero: A Lifetime of Adventure in the Far North. An engrossing account by Charles Brower, the “King of the Arctic,” of his life in the north, Fifty Years Below Zero covers the author’s knowledge of whaling, pioneering, Alaska Native life and customs and of course, bush flying and bush pilots, all before statehood. The Alaska Dispatch also has a review and some excerpts from the book about an ill-fated flight to bring a film crew to Barrow on the Artic Ocean.
Still Points North: Surviving the World’s Greatest Alaskan Childhood. According to a review in the Alaska Dispatch, Still Points North: Surviving the World’s Greatest Alaskan Childhood offers a peek into the impact of flying on daily life for average Alaskans as its author, Leigh Newman, spent half her childhood fishing for king salmon, dressing caribou, taking target practice and flying with her father and the other half trying to fit in at a Baltimore private school while caring for her fragile mother.
Arctic Bush Pilot: From Navy Combat to Flying Alaska’s Northern Wilderness. Gary’s Flight Journal has a review of Arctic Bush Pilot: From Navy Combat to Flying Alaska’s Northern Wilderness. The memoir’s author, Jim Rearden, is a 50-year resident of Alaska who has written 17 books and more than 500 magazine articles, mostly about the state plus he was also named Alaska’s Historian of the Year in 1999. The book itself is about pilot “Andy” Anderson who pioneered post-World War II bush service to Alaska’s vast Koyokuk River region.
An Interview with the Author of CloudDancer’s Alaskan Chronicles. Finally, the Oddball Pilot has a podcast interview with the author of CloudDancer’s Alaskan Chronicles – a four volume set of books which feature a picture of the author on their back covers with a paper bag over his head because he wrote the books when working as a pilot for a “reputable airline.” Apparently, the author had flown around the Kotzebue area in the 1970s or 1980s and the books are supposed to be accurate tales from his days as a bush pilot. Selected excerpts can be read here.