Beyond The Checkride, by Howard Fried

Beyond The Checkride

by Howard Fried

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Howard Fried, legendary flight instructor, shares what every pilotóthe experienced as well as the newly minted aviatorómost needs to know about flying: the invaluable lessons learned by trial and error, recounted through real-life experiences of hundreds of pilots. Everyone knows that a successful checkride just earns you the "license to learn." To be a truly proficient aviator, there is much more to master, Fried covers it all:

  • * Basics that are rarely taught
  • * Mastering maneuvers
  • * Surviving spins and stalls
  • * Pilot error: the human factor
  • * Advanced equipment
  • * Dangerous weather
  • * The ATC system
  • * and a great deal more

Like an old-timer telling war stories in the hangar, Fried makes his points with vivid anecdotes collected from more than 50 years' cumulative experience as a pilot and flight instructor. Why not learn from other people's mistakes? Fried asks. It is much easier, and safer, than making them yourself. It could even save your life.

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  • Basics Rarely Taught
  • Control Considerations
  • Stalls, Spins, and Other Bad Stuff
  • Human factors
  • Thinking Flying
  • Responsibility
  • Other Good Stuff
  • Advanced Equipment
  • Ice and Thunderstorms
  • Flying Different Kinds of Equipment
  • The Air Traffic Control System
  • Checklists, Paperwork and Certificates
  • Privileges and Limitations
  • What Do You Think of the FAA?
  • What Now?
  • Commercial Operations

About the Author:
Howard Fried is a veteran pilot with more than 40,000 hours of flight time. He is the author of the book Flight Test Tips and Tales, and is a regular columnist ("Eye of the Examiner") for Flying, the world's most widely read aviation magazine. He is a flight instructor and former FAA pilot examiner.


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