- Hardcover: 324 pages
- Publisher: Pan Amer Navigation Service; 3 edition (June 1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0903083019
- ISBN-13: 978-0903083010
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Handling the Big Jets: An Explanation of the Significant Difference in Flying Qualities Between Jet Transport Aeroplanes and Piston Engined Transpor 3rd Edition
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Excellent sections on landing and takeoff. Davies makes full use of his background as Chief Test Pilot of what was then the UK Airworthiness Authority. He puts all the topics into the context of proper engineering and aviation fact, shows how the rules evolved from there, and generally gives you complete confidence that you've mastered the full range of the subject. PPRUNE Tech Log has always got one or two side references to this book.
Chase it up hard - it's still around - and keep it at the front of the bookshelf. My copy sits between 737-700 manuals and 4th edition Horonjeff.
However, decades later, it is difficult to find a similar definitive book on the subject. This makes "Handling the Big Jets" an important part of my library which I consult on subjects ranging from aerodynamics to aircraft control and stability.
This is a timeless classic which should be an indispensable part of every pilot and aircraft engineer's library.
But if your interest is in the early jets--707, DC-8--then you'll enjoy learning what it was like for pilots of the era to transition from prop planes. It pretty much boils down to: (1) Expect the stall to happen at a higher speed and in turns; (2) Make your plans way ahead, since you're not slowing down anywhere near as quickly in a jet!
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Good Contents. I had to read this book before I am 737-rated.Published 5 months ago by Seung-Cheol Han
A jewel from aviation. It was written years ago and yet it helps you understand many things. Amazing how things have changed and yet the basic principles are the same.Published 19 months ago by andres castaneda bernot
This book and Fly the Wing are very worthwhile reads for pilots. Handling the Big Jets could use some updating to cover newer types through the 787 and A380.Published on June 5, 2014 by KGM
This is a good book to read for learning the fundamentals of flying large aircraft. Its a must read for anyone that will be interviewing with Cathay Pacific.Published on May 26, 2013 by Sean