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Artistry of the Great Flyer: A Pilot's Guide to Stick and Rudder and Managing Emergency Maneuvers Paperback – January 16, 2014
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Jim Alsip lives and does business as Dylan Aviation in Indiantown, Florida. He is a master certified flight instructor with an aerobatic endorsement and is an International Aerobatic Club competitor as well as a judge for regional aerobatic contests. He holds seminars at the Sun-n-Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, and has spoken at the FAA's Lakeland Production Facility. He is also a charter member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators and an active FAA Safety Team Representative.
Alsip has years of experience instructing pilots in an airplane with tandem seating. His greatest insight as an instructor is watching where a pilot is looking during maneuvers; having learned that the head and visual focus control the body, Alsip can then see what the pilot is missing. In his book Artistry of a Great Flyer, Alsip highlights stall, upset, and spin recovery along with rudder fundamentals that will save a pilot's life.
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That said, there is an awful lot of repeating (and not the good kind, word for word) and I mean like an amazing amount. I get that the author wanted to drive home two (or three) some simple points, and used repetition as a strategy. I still think it is way overdone on that point. And I don't need to hear about grandma 5, 6 times in exactly the same phrase (you'll see). I think the author went a little cut/paste happy, and it is a little bit much.
BUT...there are some very good tips and points, as well as some very cool ideas. I am not spoiling by pointing out that the idea that pilots that keep to "going from A to B" with only mild banks, could cause real issues if/when a problem is encountered (as he points out, a self-made problem usually). I buy that, and I like it. I'm a lowly student pilot, and low time so far. I feel also that there is a good deal of sloppiness in the writing at times, maybe its me, but there are important sections describing what to do or not to do, where the description isn't precise enough that I am comfortable retaining the knowledge. No matter, I would run any and all of the important items by my CFI anyway, as I don't take in knowledge (specially when it seems to contradict or be unclear) like this on just good faith.
But back to what is good about it. The parts that I was very sure I understood, and maybe went into a little detail that helped me get the main ideas here are worth it. Many tips, excellent "practice maneuvers" outlined, and a LOT to think about. Those things to me were well worth the price of entry and repetition (recycling) and to his credit I CAN still name the main two points. My grandma is dead for a long time now, so I didn't have to remember to fly gently when she was on board.
I am a little puzzled, at one point the author mentions "Stick and Rudder" but attributes it to a different author than the german gentleman that wrote it, unless there are more than one?
Among other things, he explains how the improper use of controls can cause the airplane to stall and how to recover from it. At the end of each explanation the author highlights the key point for that concept, making very easy to memorize it.
If you buy the book the DVD is not really needed, because it is mainly a rehash of the key points in the book in lecture format.