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Fear of Landing: You Fly Like a Woman [Kindle Edition]

Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
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Getting a pilot's license was the furthest thing from her mind - until an ex-RAF instructor suggested that she wasn't competent to do so. The thing is, he could be right. Sylvia has just a few weeks to prove that she can fly as well as any man.

You Fly Like a Woman tells the story of one woman's search for confidence as she stumbles into a man's world.

Kindle Single length making for a fast and fun read.

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  • File Size: 133 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006KF66H0
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  • Lending: Enabled
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Read for Pilots or Non-Pilots, Women or Men December 13, 2011
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Spare writing, self-deprecating humor and a story arc that has you rooting for Sylvia all the way makes "You Fly Like a Woman" a delightful read. She keeps the technical jargon to a minimum so non-pilots can experience the challenges of learning to fly right along with her.

Of course, as any experienced pilot knows, actually flying the plane is the easy part of getting a license, and Sylvia does a grand job of describing all the obstacles she runs into - not the least of which is intruding into an activity still predominantly male dominated.

For bonus, there's a thrilling sequence near the end where Sylvia's talent for writing and drawing the reader right into the action especially shines.

It's a quick read at about 50 conventional pages: long enough for us to feel like we really get to know Sylvia; not so long that she wears out her welcome.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! December 14, 2011
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I have been a Flight Instructor [in the much more liberal United States] now for about 4 years but this brought me right back to my student pilot days! She has a great sense of humor. Without spoiling I will say she faces many obstacles, some common, and a few not so common for student pilots on her journey towards the license for ultimate freedom. For as much adversity as she faced, she certainly had some who went the extra mile for her. It's a great story, whether your an aviation enthusiast or not, but from a pilots point-of-view I will say that it seems an accurate account although she stays away from the jargon and the technical details. I love the way she captures the emotions faced through the training, the curiosity, the fear of failure, and the drive for adventure.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this. January 22, 2012
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To fly or not to fly - that is the question - except when you're really insulted by a guy who says you can't learn to do it, because you're a woman.
Then there's no question, or, um, there is.
Because making a snap decision based on being insulted, and then actually following through and learning something you had no interest in until that very insulted moment, and maybe you're also a little nervous about your abilities - that's another thing entirely.
I grinned as I read this, living vicariously through this author as she struggles through her inner debate, watching to see what she's going to do.
I loved this - the candor, the humor, and the nerves. Hope to see more soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A woman after my own heart April 20, 2012
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This is a story of a woman learning to fly in Europe. It is very humorous and she needed humor to deal with the misogynistic attitudes of airport personnel. She is also a Mom and housewife and student so it is an interesting take on her time getting her license.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun short story April 24, 2012
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Fast and enjoyable read - loved the way she took on the challenge of proving a rather chauvinistic flight instructor wrong.
The author's personality shines through and you want to meet her. Well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hear me roar in the sky! June 2, 2013
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What I loved about this book was that women can do anything. In a mainly man environment the main character wanted to become a pilot. She and her husband just bought a plane, and she wanted to be able to fly it. The instructor assumed she wanted a "Wife's License". When I read this I laughed and thought is there a "man license" for becoming a parent? After all the woman gives birth to make the man a father. HA! I come from a strong mother and very strong sisters. This was such a first paragraph that I had to read more. I had to know if she proved the men wrong.
I really liked the story, and it was funny at times. However do not miss the drama of an emergency in the sky.
I think that this book describes the Amelia Earhart of the present!
The ending was great and I read this book all at one time. I could not put it down!
Mother's should read this to their daughters. Woman can do anything!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lift ME Up October 6, 2012
By Obonney
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The Little Engine That Could takes on a new challenge. Wanting to do something, believing you can, putting all your energy into succeeding -- that's what this story reveals and inspires. Learning behind the scenes factors of flying a plane, the effort it takes to do it well and the challenge of breaking limiting stereotypes, are all here in these pages. This testimony puts meaning to the phrase, "you can be anything you want to be."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, engaging... September 8, 2012
By T
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Reminded me of Gerald Durrell's "My family and other animals:" same low-key, understated, very funny narration, very engaging narrative, a book that feels like it's over way too soon, a great value. Now if only the author would write the sequel she promised!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I'm a women pilot too and know that what Sylvia wrote about learning to fly was the real deal. In the US we don't have to pay landing fees at general aviation airports. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mary D.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite subject and slow moving
The story line was ok, but it seemed to rattle on and on about women's right and it took forever to "go anywhere". Read more
Published on December 17, 2012 by amh277
1.0 out of 5 stars It never took off
This book was boring. The characters never developed much. I ended up skimming through it after I had read about 25% of the book, and it never got off the ground (pun intended!). Read more
Published on October 23, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Flying Fun
A short, but enjoyable read, Fear of Landing is appropriate for women who care more about their own passions than the status quo. Read more
Published on August 31, 2012 by Kimberly N. Miracle
4.0 out of 5 stars I lived vicariously
Sylvia takes flying lessons in Spain. She shares her adventures and feelings about learning to fly and solo. I'm not as adventurous as Sylvia but I lived vicariously through her. Read more
Published on August 3, 2012 by Sheila Gallagher
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look at European Aviation
I liked the writers style. Her description of the uncertainity and nervousness of flight training brought back (funny from forty years later) memories. Read more
Published on June 23, 2012 by Arthur B. Burnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just For Pilots
Well, I know nothing about planes, or flying, or being a pilot, but I found this book a highly entertaining read - I never once felt bogged down in aviation jargon, everything... Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by Pewari Naan
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay.
It's more of a short story type of read. Doesn't really lead you to anywhere exciting just enough to pass the time.
Published on June 2, 2012 by Tanya
4.0 out of 5 stars Women have Wings!
A pleasant short story to have on hand for a nice afternoon escape. Becoming a pilot is a lot more complicated than learning to drive a car, and the steps are well detailed. Read more
Published on May 23, 2012 by Cici
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More About the Author

Sylvia Spruck Wrigley was born in Germany, spent her childhood in Los Angeles and now splits her time between Swansea and Spain. Her short stories have most recently appeared in Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction and Nature's Futures. You can find out more about her on


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