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Flight Emergency: Take the Left Seat in Eight Role-Playing Emergency Scenarios Paperback – September 1, 2011
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Reya has written an excellent book on handling and preventing in-flight emergencies. It's cleverly written in the scenario style format and it's sure to engage the decision making part of a pilot's brain. Reya was spot-on the glidepath in her selection and coverage of the most likely emergencies that pilots occasionally stumble into. You'll definitely find the eight role-playing emergencies in this book well worth studying. -- Rod Machado - Flight Instructor, Author, Speaker
In Flight Emergency, you're not just reading about others experiences; you are the pilot! Each flight scenario requires the reader to make his or her own decisions at multiple points in the story, which in turn leads to different flight outcome possibilities, just like in real life. This approach to building aeronautical decision-making skills is not only unique and memorable, it's entertaining too. I recommend this book to student and certificated pilots alike as a means to safer flights. -- Patty Wagstaff - National Aerobatic Champion and Airshow Pilot; Inductee, National Aviation Hall of Fame
Flight Emergency is a book all pilots should consider reading to help keep them safe. Most flying accidents are caused by poor judgment and Flight Emergency helps new pilots develop their decision-making skills, while refreshing experienced pilots on the many aviation gotchas pilots encounter. Like real life, as each scenario unfolds, new complications make simple situations more complex. Author Reya Kempley sets up each scenario and offers multiple points for the reader to make decisions as one challenge leads to another. Flight Emergency is an excellent book that will leave you thirsting for more. -- Max Trescott - Author and 2008 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year
Flight Emergency is a must-read for all pilots wanting to challenge their aeronautical decision-making skills. Ms. Kempley, an accomplished pilot herself, has developed realistic, thought-provoking scenarios and outcomes that will surely be of interest to all persons reading this book. I highly recommend this book as a meaningful way of testing aeronautical decision-making skills. -- Bill Schroeder - Master Certified Flight Instructor; FAASTeam Lead Representative, Reno Flight Standards District Office; FAA Western Pacific Region FAASTeam Representative of the Year 2011; Check Pilot Examiner, Nevada Wing Civil Air Patrol
About the Author
A private pilot, Reya Kempley sought a way to learn about in-flight emergencies that better simulated the realities of decision making for pilots. She learned to fly with her brother after earning her bachelor s degree, and discovered a new passion in aviation. She currently runs a business with her family and enjoys flying in the beautiful and challenging landscape of the American West.
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Piloting and flying aircraft is not just about vacation, but also a hobby and travel source for many individuals. Small craft are independently owned and used throughout the US and other countries. Along with flight there are also risks, dangers that can turn flight into a nightmare.
Flight Emergency by Reya Kempley, is an interesting role-playing game written for both students and certified pilots. Set to different possible emergencies, she has put together scenarios that could happen. As a reader you choose the direction or decision you would make and each choice takes you to a different outcome. It is informative and interesting. Kempley tries to choose the most likely emergencies that can occur, and then takes you to their conclusion based on your own choice.
As a learning tool this seems to be very thorough. Not a pilot myself I found that while I did not always choose the correct course initially, many of the right choices entail both common sense, and a bit of patience. The book has been read by numerous pilots and from their discourse they find her simulations spot-on and to the point. There are eight role-playing emergencies and Kempley has made this more than just text book learning, but fun as well as informative.
Kempley herself is a pilot and has experience that could prove invaluable to others. Putting this to paper and sharing her insights in this interactive forum is both challenging and interesting.
I would recommend this book as a great gift for your student pilot or even your already certified pilot. Pitting yourself against the inherent dangers in such a safe interactive way and learning how to spot and divert danger is one of the best gifts one can give.
Kempley has stepped outside the box to bring safety to others. This would be a great book for the amateur or professional aviator to add to their library.
This book was received free from the author. All opinions are my own based off my reading and understanding of the material.
Ever had a rough running engine? Ever made a incorrect calculation of the density altitude? Ever made a wrong decision based on interpretations of the weather forecast? What kind of reasoning and decision-making lead to a happy ending? Or is the ending not so happy? This clever book by Reya Kempley is about our "awareness" regarding flight safety. Are we always safety-aware, or sometimes not?
The book contains 8 scenarios you read your own way. The scenarios incorporate decision trees; for example, in a given situation if you choose for option A you will be directed to, say, page 16; and if you choose for option B, you will be directed to page 20.
We all know that such decision trees are processed into many software programs. We often use decision trees unconsciously. In fact, there are many algorithms that we often use. An algorithm is a finite set of instructions that lead from a given initial state to the corresponding goal. In a sense, you as the reader of this book also use algorithms, but instead deliberately and with the knowledge that certain decisions do not lead to a happy ending. When you first start reading the book, it takes a moment or so to get used to its forwards / backwards structure but you will soon become a dab hand at it and find it amusing.
Personally, I have not encountered such a book before. Of course we all know that we should do checks if we suddenly find ourselves flying 1000ft lower than planned, but just what do you do at that moment and could you have avoided this sticky situation in the first place? And what's your next decision? And then? Why is it that some decisions lead you to a good solution and others to a not-so-good solution? And how do you get from a not-so-good solution to a good solution? Well, this book allows you to explore all these alleys as safely as learning to fly in a flight simulator. You experience the not-too-complex but useful scenarios in different ways, depending on the complexity of a scenario and the choices you make.
The scenarios relate to issues such as high density altitude in relation to length of runway and climbing ability; the influence of ice in the carburetor on engine power; misapplied weight and balance principles; malfunctioning of suction pump; influence of weather on mountain flying; frozen rain; engine problems; influence of wind on landing and in all scenarios. However this book is not just about logical steps through a technological minefield, it also, most importantly, takes into consideration the psychological factors which affect choices.
Reya Kempley -young as she is- has produced an entertaining and airy book. It is not at all expensive at all and contains an original concept. Primarily the book seems written for the American reader; pressure and temperature are referred to in inches and Fahrenheit. This is not a problem in itself, but it would have made this book more universal if these details had been given in several units. You really fly through this book. I found myself becoming so absorbed in the book that I just wanted to read more and more cases. If you fly Cessna airplanes it is even more fun to read, because Reya Kempley writes from a Cessna 172 perspective.
Basically, it is just a must for every general aviation pilot. Oh, and you might find it useful to have two bookmarks to hand!