Rod Machado's Plane Talk, by Rod Machado

Rod Machado's Plane Talk

by Rod Machado

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Rod Machado's Plane Talk - The Mental Art of flying an airplane. You'll learn, You'll Laugh, You'll Remember!

Finally, a fun to read human factors book! Learn more than you thought possible about how your brain works in critical aviation situations. Reads like a book one buys for sheer enjoyment.

Plane Talk's 96 chapters cover many human factor issues. Since about 85% of all accidents are due to pilot error, this book is important to anyone who flies an aircraft. If you want the mental advantage that makes you safer as a pilot, then you must read Plane Talk. These 442 pages contain important skills. Machado makes them easy to learn and easy to recall by using his trademark humor throughout this thought-provoking book.

Risk management, CRM and human factors—go beyond the acronyms.

Pilots claim these pages have saved their lives. When you learn these lessons it will be as if an experienced copilot whispers the precise answer in your ear at those pivotal moments when you desperately need the correct answer to make the proper decision. Critical decisions require knowledge, skill and experience. Plane Talk provides all three of these and discusses topics that worry pilots most. These lessons are pertinent to all aviators, from student pilot to fighter pilot.

In this book you'll discover...
How To Assess And Manage Aviation Risk
Learn how safe pilots think, how to appy the safety strategy used by General Jimmy Doolittle (known as the master of calculated risk), how famed gunfighter Wyatt Earp can help you cope with aviation's risks, how misleading aviation statistics can be and why flying isn't as dangerous as some folks say.

Several Techniques For Making Better Cockpit Decisions
Discover how to use your inner co-pilot in the cockpit and the value of one good question asked upside down.

New Ways To Help You Cope With Temptation
Fly safer by developing an aviation code of ethics. Understand how human nature can trick you into flying beyond your limits and why good pilots are prejudiced and how a concept like honor will protect you while aloft.

How To Use Your Brain For A Change
You can learn faster by understanding how the learning curve - the brain's performance chart - is affected by the little lies we tell ourselves, the mistakes we need to make, and our need to please the instructors.

The Truth About Flying, Anxiety, and Fear
Learn why it's often the safest pilots that make excuses instead of flights, why anxiety should be treated as a normal part of flying, and a 3 step process to avoid panic in the cockpit.

How To Handle First Time Flyers And Anxious Passengers
Discover how to behave around new passengers, how to avoid common mistakes that scare passengers in airplanes and how to reduce the cockpit stress between pilot and spouse.

Favorite Skills Used By Good Pilots
Learn why good pilots scan behind the airplane as well as ahead of it, are sometimes rough and bully-like on the flight controls, occasionally fly without using any of the airplane's navigation equipment, don't worry much about turbulence breaking up the airplane, master airspeed control as a means of making better landings and much more.


  • Title Page - i
  • Copyright Information - ii
  • Table of Contents - iii-iv
  • Foreword - v
  • Acknowledgements/Dedication - vi
  • About Our Cover - vii
  • About the Author - viii
  • Introduction - ix
  • Chapter 1: Why Fly?
    • Why We Learn to Fly 3-6
  • Chapter 2: Assessing and Managing Risk
    • A Good Act to Follow 9-12
    • Lies, Big Lies and Statistics 13-16
    • The Truth About Good Pilots 17-20
    • Flyout at the O.K. Corral 21-24
    • In My Humble Opinion 25-28
    • Is Flying Dangerous? 29-32
  • Chapter 3: To Help You Make Better Decisions
    • A Flight Unexamined Is Not Worth Logging 35-38
    • Fact, Rumor, and Cyberspace 39-42
    • Aviation Judgment Learned at Home 43-46
    • Brain not Brawn 47-50
    • He Dances With Lampshades 51-54
    • Your Inner Copilot 55-58
    • One Good Question, Upside Down 59-62
    • Nice Job! 63-66
  • Chapter 4: Just For The Fun of It—Aircraft
    • Choppers, Copters and Whoppers 69-72
    • Ultralight Delight 73-76
  • Chapter 5: To Help You Develop and Maintain Awareness
    • Sage Advice 79-82
    • Situational Awareness 83-86
    • Were It That Shakespeare Was My Fool 87-90
  • Chapter 6: To Help You Cope With Temptation
    • Samurai Airmanship 93-96
    • Human Nature: The Devil on Our Shoulder 97-100
    • Fun Things 101-104
    • A Willingness to Prejudge 105-108
    • A Matter of Honor 109-112
  • Chapter 7: Four Worthwhile Lessons Every Pilot Should Learn
    • Just Gettin’ By 115-118
    • Where’s Socrates When You Need Him? 119-122
    • A Foot In the Mind 123-124
    • It’s Time to Speak Up 125-126
  • Chapter 8: Higher Learning
    • Pilots, Poets and Psychologists 129-132
    • A Chance for "Peek" Performance 133-136
    • We Don't Need No Education 137-140
    • Epiphanies 141-144
    • Aviation Art: More Than Meets the Eye 145-148
    • Rules and Hidden Meanings 149-152
    • A Reverence for Aviation’s Past 153-156
    • Weather: An Artist's Perspective 157-160
  • Chapter 9: Just For The Fun of It—Places
    • An Aviation Happening 163-166
    • Viva Baja! 167-178
    • Expo Lite 179-182
    • Coast-to-Coast Log 183-186
  • Chapter 10: Helping Your Brain Learn About Flying
    • Tao Over Chow 189-192
    • Sine Qua Non 193-194
    • Surviving the Plateau 195-198
    • The Art of Making Mistakes 199-202
    • The Acuity of Ambiguity 203-206
    • The Paradox of Pleasing 207-210
    • Little Lies 211-214
    • Make It Easy on Yourself 215-218
    • Simulators for VFR Training 219-224
    • IFR Training Made Easier 225-228
    • Thanks for the Memories 229-234
    • No Myth About Pith 235-238
  • Chapter 11: Understanding Your Instructor's Brain
    • Insight on the Inside of Students 241-246
    • Student Teachers 247-250
    • Outside the Syllabus 251-254
    • Is It Time to Change Instructors? 255-258
    • You Don't Need to Know That 259-260
  • Chapter 12: Fear
    • Making Excuses Not to Fly 263-266
    • It's OK to Feel That Way 267-272
    • It's a Long Way Down, Isn't It? 273-274
    • The Don’t-Panic Button 275-278
  • Chapter 13: Turbulence, Landings and Powerplants
    • May the G-Force Not Be With You 281-288
    • Power Thoughts for Powerplants 289-292
    • Landings to Forget 293-296
  • Chapter 14: Handling First Time and New Flyers
    • First Contact 299-302
    • Pilots Don't Tip 303-304
    • Trust They Must 305-308
    • To Be Or Not to Be Trusted 309-312
  • Chapter 15: When Airplanes Stop Flying
    • Black Belt Stall Prevention 315-318
    • Stall, Spin and the Conditioned Reflex 319-320
    • Snakes, Stalls and Nine Irons 321-324
  • Chapter 16: Technique And Skill
    • Ballerinas and Bullies 327-300
    • Use It or Lose It 331-334
    • A Pattern for Fun 335-338
    • X-Wind Files 339-342
    • Ask and Ye May Receive 343-346
    • What Did He Say? 347-350
    • Due for a Review 351-354
    • Columbus Among Us 355-358
    • See and Avoid: More Than Meets the Eye 359-362
    • Airplane Checkouts 363-364
    • The Duress of Stress 365-370
    • Think Like a Rat to Get the Cheese 371-374
    • Bronco Bob and the Autopilot 375-378
    • Watch for Bones 379-382
  • Chapter 17: Just For The Fun of It—Pure Fun
    • True Tales From the CFI Frontier 385-388
    • The Last Laugh 389-392
    • As the FAA Sees It 393-396
    • Airplane Squawks 397-400
    • The Doc 401-404
    • A Flight Instructor in Everyone 405-408
    • IFOs-Identified Flying Objects 409-412
    • AC 91-73 Redux 413-416
  • Chapter 18: Friends
    • Pete Campbell 419-422
    • Amelia 423-426
  • Editors 429
  • The Aviation Speakers Bureau 430-431
  • Product Information 432-437
  • Index 438-442


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