Flying People: Bringing You Safe Flying, Every Day

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kea publishing, 2004 - Aeronautics - 152 pages
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'Flying People' is a wry look at the last fifty years of a century of flying, and especially at the character and determination of the people who, during that time, have made it a safe, everyday event. Because flying could so easily end in tears, it is a serious business - and aviation's people have developed their own ways of dealing with its many challenges. They are problem-solvers, they are conscientious, they think and work as a team, and they readily share the lessons from their mistakes. Most of all, they dispense a cheerful cynicism as they defeat anyone and anything that threatens safe flying. Flying people have brought about safe, affordable ways of flying the world's people everywhere. Perry's book, written in a style that is intended to appeal to the layman, is a celebration of all these people.Graham Perry studied aeronautics at Imperial College London before joining the Royal Air Force as an engineer. His varied career included maintaining helicopters, working in astronautics (on exchange with the USAF), and investigating aircraft accidents.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
6
Man Will Never Fly
9
Fifties Inspiration
13
Flight for Beginners
19
You have control
25
Solo but So High
29
Across the World
37
GroundPounder
45
Birds are bad for you
87
Howling from the Cowling
93
Down Through the Murk
99
Science Makes for Safety
105
Accidents Tell the Whole Truth
113
Listen and Learn
119
A Watch on the Skies
127
Wings to Come
133

Murphys Law states
51
Firing Up
61
Things on Wings and Things
67
Brake Dancing
79
Abbreviations
139
Index
143
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