Spring might already officially be here but in case cold weather still has you grounded, here are a few aviation books that will keep you occupied in the mean time:
Log of Aeroplane NR-898W: Experiences, Comments, Impressions of a Flight from England to China 1931-32. The Around the Pattern blog has noted a fascinating article from the Winston-Salem Journal about Zachary Smith Reynolds, the son of R. J. Reynolds who founded the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. A pioneering aviator, Log of Aeroplane NR-898W: Experiences, Comments, Impressions of a Flight from England to China 1931-32 is the journal he kept during his 128-day flight from England to China in 1931-32. However, Reynolds would later die under mysterious circumstances after being shot in the head with an automatic .32 caliber Mauser pistol on July 6, 1932. The death was first ruled a suicide and later a murder before charges were dropped against his wife and a childhood friend.
Scenario-Based Training with X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator. Former General Aviation News editor Bruce Williams has released his latest book entitled: Scenario-Based Training with X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator: Using PC-Based Flight Simulations Based on FAA-Industry Training Standards. Bruce has pointed out that he wrote a similar book in 2007 but much has changed over the last five years and many flight instructors along with pilots remain confused about the best way to use PC-based simulations to complement flight training and maintain proficiency. The new book attempts to answer some of these questions. For more information, visit BruceAir.com.
Crash & Burn: The Bureaupathology of the Federal Aviation Administration. Robert Misic, a former air traffic controller who spent 20 years on the job, has recently spoken to AVweb about his experiences that led him to write his book Crash & Burn: The Bureaupathology of the Federal Aviation Administration. In addition, Robert has a website for the book here.
Flying the Tail Wheel Airplane. Master CFI Jim Alsip has written a detailed course on piloting tail dragger aircraft entitled Flying the Tail Wheel Airplane. Apparently and according to Alsip, there has been a resurgence in pilots flying tail wheel airplanes in recent years thanks in part to the growing popularity and production of new light sport aircraft (LSAs).
The FAR/AIM In Plain English. Aircraft Spruce has a book entitled The FAR/AIM in Plain English that omits everything you don’t need to know for your sport or private pilot certificate. What is included has been translated into plain conversational English so that pilots and student pilots can apply the information to their everyday flying. For more information, visit AircraftSpruce.com.
Flat Spin. Pilot David Freed has written an aviation thriller and murder mystery called Flat Spin that partially revolves around a small and aging aircraft (“Ruptured Duck”) owned by one of the book’s main characters. The book is available for pre-order at Amazon.com.
Military Fly Moms. Finally, the Winged Victory Women in Aviation eZine has noted an article about Military Fly Moms, a book outlining the careers of 71 female pilots who split their duties between the military and motherhood.