The Turbine Pilot's Flight Manual, by Gregory Brown

The Turbine Pilot's
Flight Manual

by Gregory Brown & Mark Holt

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Everything a pilot is expected to know when transitioning to turbine-powered aircraft.

Whether you’re preparing for turbine ground school, priming for a corporate or airline interview—or even if you’re upgrading into your first personal jet or turboprop—The Turbine Pilot’s Flight Manual is designed for you. With precision and a sense of humor, authors Greg Brown and Mark Holt cover all the basics for turbine pilot operations, clearly explaining the differences between turbine aircraft and their piston engine counterparts.

This manual clarifies the complex topics of turbine aircraft engines and all major power and airframe systems, subjects that are pertinent to flying bigger, faster, and more advanced aircraft. It includes discussions on high-speed aerodynamics, wake turbulence, coordinating multi-pilot crews, and navigating in high-altitude weather. You’ll be introduced to state-of-the-art cockpit instrumentation including flight management systems (FMS), global navigation (GPS), and headup guidance systems (HGS or HUD). You’ll also learn the operating principles of hazard avoidance systems including weather radar, ground proximity warning systems (GPWS) and predictive wind shear systems (PWS).

This Third Edition of The Turbine Pilot’s Flight Manual details the concepts and operational principles of the latest-generation cockpit instrumentation, navigation (RNAV/RNP), and communication procedures and equipment (datalink and ADS-B) that are only just now becoming operationally available. Also, learn about the latest engine performance management techniques (such as reduced vs. derated thrust). Included are a glossary of airline and corporate aviation terminology, handy turbine pilot rules-of-thumb, and an updated turbine aircraft “Spotter’s Guide.” The authors clarify these complex topics with a wealth of illustrations many now in full color! Additional information is available online where readers can access narrated color animations that make these systems easier than ever to understand.

From the Introduction:

Whether you're a piston pilot preparing for turbine ground school, a transitioning military pilot boning up for that first corporate or airline interview, or an old pro brushing up on turbine aircraft operations, the Turbine Pilot's flight Manual is designed for you. With precision and a sense of humor, authors Greg Brown and Mark Holt cover all the basics, clearly explaining the differences between turbine aircraft and their piston engine counterparts. In addition, this manual addresses high speed aerodynamics, coordinating multipilot flight crews, wake turbulence, and navigating in high altitude weather. You'll be introduced to state-of-the-art cockpit instrumentation including flight management, heads-up guidance, and the principles of weather radar, lightning detectors, ground proximity systems, plus much more.


  • Introduction
    • transitioning piston pilots, transitioning military aviators
  • General
    • Preparations training; prepare for new-hire training; workplace issues
  • Turbine Engines & Propeller Systems
    • intro to gas turbine engines; turbojets, turbofans, and turboprops; thrust reversers;
      propeller systems
  • Turbine Power systems
    • electric power systems; hydraulic power systems; pneumatic power systems;
      auxiliary power units
  • Major Aircraft Systems
    • flight controls; pressurization; environmental systems; fuel systems
  • Dedicated Aircraft Systems
    • ice and rain protection; landing gear systems; annunciator systems; fire protection systems
  • Limitations
    • airspeeds; engine limits; other limits
  • Normal Procedures
    • crew coordination; checklists and callouts
  • Emergency & Abnormal Procedures
    • emergency vs abnormal situations; emergency procedures; abnormal procedures
  • Performance
    • takeoff, climb, landing, engine out performance; performance planning
  • Weight & Balance
    • weight considerations; balance considerations; how it's done in the real world
  • Airplane Handling, Service, and Maintenance
    • standard preflight; minimum equipment list; configuration deviation; flight dispatch; fueling procedures;
  • Navigation, Communication & Electronic Flight Control
    • horizontal situation indicator; autopilots; flight director; EFIS; ACARS; head-up displays; area navigation; flight management system; the glass cockpit
  • Hazard Avoidance
    • weather voidance; traffic alert systems; ground proximity systems
  • Operational Information
    • aerodynamics of high speed high altitude aircraft; IFR in turbine aircraft;
      international flight operations; wake turbulence; air rage
  • Weather Considerations
    • low altitude weather; high altitude weather
  • Appendix 1: rules of thumb or turbine pilots
  • Appendix 2: aircraft spotter's guide
  • Glossary: airline and corporate terminology

What people are saying:

"This text should not only improve the hiring opportunity for pilots, but also add hours of sleep to nights between ground school classes… Where was this manual when I needed it?"
—Dan Russell, captain for a commercial airline
"An extraordinarily well-written book with a vast amount of information to enhance the knowledge of any turbine pilot."
—Bill J. Niederer, B-737 pilot
"The most comprehensive and complete information available to any aspiring commercial pilot. A basic knowledge of systems and terminology is invaluable,not only for initial training but also for your presentation during the interview process. A must read!"
—Dick Ionata, retired senior captain for a major airline.
" your book Turbine Pilot's Flight Manual and love the contents and ILLUSTRATIONS in the text. Like they say, A picture is worth a thousand words."
—Student Naval Aviator


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