FERRY PILOT: Nine Lives Over the North Atlantic Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B08DRR6SJF
- Publication date : July 27, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 7072 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 357 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1735339016
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #50,717 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So at the end of the day, this book is an interesting read. But only as long as you take it for what it is: a case study in some of the most unprofessional decision making I've ever read about from a paid pilot who should be taking care of the equipment. If you are an instructor pilot, tell your students to do the opposite of Kerry McCauley's poor decisions in the book. Dumb luck is not cool. It's just dumb.
The author is an exceptionally experienced aviator and skydiving professional who has finally written down for the rest of us the inside poop about some fascinating, extreme, and usually hair-raising experiences he has had while flying small planes all over the world. This text absolutely should be in the library of every general aviation pilot or skydiver, and for at least this one simple but crucial reason: Kerry is not just a "really good stick" but he is also an insightful and highly intelligent teacher. I have known him for about 20 years, flown with him numerous times, and also jumped with him multiple times during my own skydiving training. I sensed early in the book that Ferry Pilot was not written just to be entertaining, but actually was an intentional exposure of readers to the author's modus operandi for critical decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, situations in which risk-benefit ratios are very hard to estimate. In my opinion, that aspect is surely the Number One strength of the book. As well, Kerry does not pass up a chance to be brutally honest about his own struggles to stay calm and cool in an assortment of truly frightening scenarios. You are right there with him in the cockpit, often at night, usually over an ocean or jungle, when trouble arises. You get to hear what he was thinking, how he was reasoning, and how he made decisions. The writing style in those sections of each chapter is very impressive and important details of realism were all there.
The author's unique sense of humor and especially his use of various self-deprecating anecdotes to make a particular point is "pure Kerry". Everybody who has been around him at our Drop Zone in the past two decades will know what I mean by this. As a licensed private pilot for 49 years, and also a skydiver trained by him, I can highly recommend this interesting new book. Only one example of the dozen "pearls" that you will find in the book (and Kerry repeats this one several times just to make damned sure we don't miss it) is this : "If you have the time to panic, then you also have the time to do something more productive".
I’ve been 55 years an aviator. My first reaction was “Now Kerry...about your first-ever ILS to near-minimums .... at the end of a CYYT to LPAZ overwater leg... That’s 1375 nm. Solo pilot, tired, no alternate, and short on gas.” But we do learn, don’t we?
Truly enjoyed the author’s humility, his ability to learn and his WILLINGNESS to share his poor judgment calls and the times he cut a bit too close. McCauley isn’t bragging; he’s aware of his limitations, and that’s quite appealing.
I bet this book will wake up a few too-cocky hot shots. It may cause a thoughtful pilot to think twice before he impulsively says “I can do this easily.” Fact is: some things are very hard.
That message is a very generous gift from Kerry McCauley,
A pal of mine has 30+ single-engine Atlantic crossings. A major airline Captain now retired, 30 years after those ferry flights, he’s teaching his son Instrument flying. The father is buying the book because I just suggested that it would be a really good read for his son. Especially so, if they each read a chapter and then discuss that chapter.
Ferry Pilot shows the impulsive and risk-taking young Kerry growing to become a much wiser aviator. Definitely recommended.
Top reviews from other countries
I thought the book was really well written, not over descriptive, fast paced and enough technical detail. Probably helps if you are a pilot but that’s not essential. Still can’t believe the massively long legs, single engine across the Atlantic that he regularly flew - nutjob.
Without doubt the best stories are the Cessna 310 and the Aerostar.
This is Boy’s Own stuff, no GPS, just radios, compass and skill - great book, definitely worth a read.
Along the way, the reader is introduced to the detail of a way of life few will encounter, and risks that require skill, imagination, and a fair bit of luck to overcome.
Having had to give up parachuting and some other activities myself, I particularly appreciated his openness about his thought processes at the time, and the way in which his experience bag filled up just far enough before his luck bag ran out.
Once I picked it up and started reading it I found it very difficult to put down as each chapter hooked you into yet another interesting episode of derring do and very near scrapes. I got nervous myself flying single engine piston planes either at night or over the English channel to France or the Channel isles. Flying a single engine piston plane over the Atlantic with extra fuel tanks and a jerry rigged fuel pump which failed to top up the main tanks certainly would get my pulse racing. Interesting to see how he succeeded (and sometimes failed) in fixing these inflight problems when the nearest help was hundred of miles away. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Kerry has a great way of keeping you on the edge of your seat and it felt like I was right there alongside him as he gave me an enthusiastic and passionate encounter of each trip he describes.
Whether you’re a pilot or someone who’s interested in flying this book is great entertainment and gives an insight into one of the most adventurous and exhilarating careers you can have as a pilot.
Kerry describes so many of his flying moments in such vivid detail; it's enough to make the hairs stand on the neck of any budding pilot. In my case as a newly qualified pilot, the tales in this book and the lessons learned by Kerry will no doubt be with me in my future flights.
A must read for any aviation fanatic.