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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

4.9 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0903083010
ISBN-10: 0903083019
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Product Details

  • 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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By Prof Stephen Emery on October 25, 2000
Despite its age, this is still the definitive book on handling jets. Comprehensive coverage of the widest range of topics, and to the deepest depth needed to satisfy any technical enquiry. Davies has an unmatched writing style that is highly readable, and right up there with the likes of Bill Gunston. If you prefer reading fiction more than textbooks, then this book is just about as readable as fiction.
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.
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A top notch choice for the experienced pilot who decides to fly very large jets. For those who are applying for an airline pilot position, this guide makes sense of the new-hire pre-screening flight simulator check on the B-767 or DC-10. The book earns it's keep on the book shelf as a nice review for the twice yearly proficiency checkrides. An excellent refernce guide for high speed aerodynamics and heavy-jet flight characteristics. Captain Davies writes in a way which allows pilots of all types of craft to add to their knowledge of flight. This is a classic book, buy a copy if you can and do not let go.
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I acquired my first copy of "Handling the Big Jets" during my university days when studying aeronautical engineering (at Loughborough University of Technology, Leicestershire, England) in the early 1980s. This was an excellent reference book then on handling jets as it covered all the major topics that I needed comprehensively, in simple and easy to read language and explanations.

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.
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This book is the standard for airline interviews, particularly Cathay Pacific. Very technical but hey, so is the interview! Good luck and don't confuse the title of this book. This is where Cathay pools most of their questions from.
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I'm transitioning from a turboprop to a B737-NG and I was experiencing difficulties with the handling of the aircraft and also problems to figure out the flare and landing, but after going through the book and applying the landing technique shown here I've had no further problems with handling and landing the B737-NG.
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Severely dated, written in the mid-'60s, with a minor update in 1971.

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!

Recommended.
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It is rather disappointing that this title is so hard to come by and so expensive. The author has tremendous experience in a wide variety of large transports. He provides an excellent tutorial in the handling characteristics of these aircraft that professional pilots of any skill level from novice to expert will find useful. I read this book to prepare for an interview at Cathay Pacific but can recommend it without reservation as one of the books that should be on any pilot's bookshelf right next to Stick and Rudder.
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Covers topics that leads to a greater understanding of flying jet transport aircraft. Great to prepare for interviews at international carriers outside of the USA.
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