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Ace the Technical Pilot Interview Paperback – April 22, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0071396097 ISBN-10: 0071396098 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (April 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071396098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071396097
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

ADVANCE YOUR CAREER WITH THIS DYNAMIC TOOL FOR ACING THE TECHNICAL PILOT INTERVIEW...

Let an experienced airline pilot help you succeed on the Technical Pilot Interview. This one-of-a-kind study tool asks the right questions so you'll know the right answers. Open it and start learning what you need to know in order to get a powerful edge over the competition--at every stage of your piloting career.

This unique study guide helps you:
* Get to know material likely to be asked on your interview
* Practice with almost one thousand exam-style questions--complete with answers
* Build confidence, skills, and knowledge
* Focus your study on what you need to know

Can you answer these questions?
* If you were loading an aircraft to obtain maximum range, would you load it with a forward or aft center of gravity?
* Why does an aircraft climb as high as possible?
* What does an aircraft descend quicker when it's lighter?
* What is a fail operational autopilot/landing system?
* What is an assumed/flexible temperature?

OPEN THIS STUDY GUIDE FOR:
* Answers to almost 1000 questions you may be asked during the technical interview
* More than 50 illustrations to clarify key essential points
* Comprehensive coverage ranging from light aircraft to heavy jet operations
* A convenient quick-find, cross-referenced presentation
* Material that has global application

About the Author

GARY V. BRISTOW (Surrey, England) is an airline pilot. His own interviewing experiences made him realize how valuable a book such as this would be in advancing a pilot's career.

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Customer Reviews

Overall good, interesting, memory-resfreshing.
Mr. Guy Wastiaux
While it has helped me refresh my memory a bit, one really has to be careful and critical to avoid learning wrong answers!
Michel Colman
It is good for the questions but NOT for the answers.
D. Bouthoorn

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Michel Colman on April 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is literally full of errors and inaccuracies. While it has helped me refresh my memory a bit, one really has to be careful and critical to avoid learning wrong answers! Sometimes the given answer is even exactly the opposite of the correct answer. Some examples:

1. What is Dutch Roll?

"(...) the outer, upward-moving wing stalls and loses all lift, and therefore the wing drops."

The author doesn't have a clue of how Dutch roll works. The wing certainly does not stall, Dutch roll actually starts out as a very gentle instability. And why would the upward-moving, faster wing stall anyway? When a wing is going up, its AOA decreases! If one wing should stall, it should be the other one. Obviously, neither does.

2. The critical engine on a crosswind take-off is NOT the downwind engine. It is in fact the upwind engine. A crosswind from the left does not apply "a restoring force to the right", it in fact makes the aircraft want to turn left into the wind (weathervane effect). When he's already holding a lot of right rudder in a left crosswind (as any airline pilot should know), the author would prefer to lose the left engine?!

3. Vortex generators are not there for "preventing spanwise flow" but for making the boundary layer turbulent so it doesn't detach as early as a laminar flow. To prevent spanwise flow, winglets or fences are used.

4. "Density is defined as mass per unit of volume of a substance. By definition, a block of gas is less dense than the same size block of liquid, which is less dense than the same size block of solid".

Has the author ever wondered why ice floats, then?! "By definition", it should sink.

I could go on and on quoting other errors. There's one on every few pages.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. Bouthoorn on May 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I agree with michel that there are a lot of mistakes in the book. It is good for the questions but NOT for the answers.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G. C. Earle on May 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
Great idea for the book BUT spoiled by incorrect facts and explanations on almost every page! Thus it is good if you use it for the questions but NOT the answers.

Someone (wish I had the time) needs to list all the corrections on a website (just a suggestion) for this book to be fully utilised - until the author can correct the mistakes. (if someone gets the website off the ground, I will gladly contribute correct answers)

Having said this, I am still glad I got the book for the questions and to be pointed in the right direction. If only the author would correct the answers....

Gavin

ATPL
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benn Walker on August 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Like everyone else says, it's great for questions...not so much for the answers. Even just a proofreading would have been nice. I saw "sheer" and "shear" swapped three times (e.g. "wind sheer" and something like "due to shear thrust"). The lift equation was presented as a SUM of density, velocity, lift coefficient, and area rather than the product. And the list goes on....

But then again, it's great for questions to think about! It might be best to buy a used copy that's been marked with corrections.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Whittle on May 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
The book has glaring errors about even very basic subjects. In my opinion (airline training captain) it should have been removed from the market years ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flygrrl on May 14, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Just a quick add to the above reviews... I just downloaded the Kindle version as a refresher, and would like to extend my thanks to previous reviewers for the inaccuracy warnings. However, I figured it would still be useful as a brush-up guide.

I would like to add another note to the discussion, which is that the Kindle edition is full of spelling errors. "Camber" is now apparently "Chamber", and instead of leading edge slats, we now have "slots".... I would have hoped that Amazon would have been more careful about the editing of a technical book, rather than allowing spell-checkers to run rampant.

The book is still worth getting as a guide, but buyer be warned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth E. Mazzola on October 31, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is full of errors in the answers. If you actually used some of the book's answers at an airline interview, the interviewers would look at you like you are crazy. Example:

Q: What is an Airmet?

A: An AIRMET is a recorded telephone message that gives the meteorological forecast for a particular area. It can be accessed by area, and telephone numbers for different areas are listed on an AIRMET Areas Chart.

WHAT???
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon on December 26, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book contains a lot of useful information. However, unfortunately, some of the author's example questions are simply answered incorrectly. Be critical.
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