Encyclopedia of Technical Aviation
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Encyclopedia of Technical Aviation, by Gary Bristow

Encyclopedia of
Technical Aviation

by Gary Bristow

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Got a question? Get an answer fast with this encyclopedia reference to technical aviation. Not just definitions, but in-depth explanations of every term. Includes abbreviations and terms for pilots, controllers, and aviation mechanics.

This single-volume encyclopedia of more than 450 pages, hundreds of illustrations, and thousands of entries is logically arranged in alphabetic order. Five pages of useful abbreviations precede the entries. A wide variety of formulas, equations, diagrams, tables, and charts add visual appeal and clarity to the explanations. Extensive cross-referencing is accomplished simply with see and see also notes.

...Author Gary Bristow, an experienced airline pilot, states in the preface that this is a book for pilots at any stage of their career. The entries assume a basic knowledge and have a technical focus. The Encyclopedia is well designed as a trainer or quick refresher of technical aviation topics.

...Bristow has drawn extensively from his own flight training and heavy commercial time to compile an excellent and truly encyclopedic collection of significant technical aviation terms. Bristow has created detailed explanations of terms that are of daily importance to pilots...This book is a treasured addition to current aviation literature, and an exceptionally good value for the reader. Every school supporting any aspect of ground or flight training and every serious pilot should own this valuable resource.

Includes hundreds of diagrams and illustrations. Valuable to pilots, managers, planners, designers, engineers, safety directors and flight instructors.

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From the Introduction
Technical aviation subjects are both varied and diverse, from aerodynamics to human factors, engines to meteorology, satellite navigation to rules of the air, instrument flight rules (IFR) to aircraft performance. Pilots, and indeed many professional aviation personnel, expand their knowledge on these subjects throughout their careers. This book covers all the main topics from these various subjects, and can be used as either initial learning material or a reminder for the more experienced pilot.

The A-to-Z format of this book will make it quick and easy for the reader to locate a particular topic. For the training pilot, this book provides a useful reference source of information on topics that are being learned for the first time. It is often difficult for new pilots to locate a particular subject from the several training manuals they are given during their training. The format of this book, though, is designed so that a topic is found easily and quickly, even by the first-time reader. For the early-career pilot (instructors, air taxi pilots, those involved in regional operations), this book will help you to refresh your knowledge of training topics, as well as provide information on new topics associated with a move up into morecomplex aircraft, especially jet-powered machines, and commercial operations.

Many of the topics that relate to this stage in your career are detailed in practical terms, and not just in theory. For the experienced pilot, this book is especially ideal as a “revision” tool. For instance, you might hear on the grapevine that your next simulator exercise will include an engine failure at takeoff, at VMCA (minimum control speed in the air), and you cannot remember much about VMCA and its further implications given other factors in the scenario. Using this book to research the meaning of VMCA or to expand your knowledge of this topic can be a great help in achieving a successful simulator assessment. This book may also be used for any general revision during a pilot’s career. I think we would all admit to having forgotten something we learned early in our flying careers that we still need to know today and every day.

As pilots we all live in a changing and technology-advancing world. Many of these developments are also addressed in this book, especially topics that relate to new aircraft types as well as new auxiliary technology and procedures, e.g., FANS (Future Air Navigation Systems). It is hoped that this book will be invaluable to all pilots at some stage in their careers. In fact, it should serve as an ideal companion from your first flight to your last.


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