- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (December 12, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 007136269X
- ISBN-13: 978-0071362696
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Killing Zone: How & Why Pilots Die 1st Edition
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You can fly through the zone. Or you can die in it. Most pilots earn their private certificate with 40 to 70 flight hours. Then they leave their instructors behind and enter the killing zone. Grimly embracing the period from 50 to 350 flight hours--a vital time for new pilots to build practical and decision-making skills--this deadly zone lays in wait for those who err, killing more pilots than all other periods put together. You don't have to be one of them. Aviation safety specialist Paul Craig--discoverer of the killing zone--shows you the fatal errors that inexperienced pilots make time after time and gives you tactics to avoid them. Based on the first in-depth, scientific study of pilot behavior and general aviation flying accidents in more than 20 years, The Killing Zone:
*Identifies the time frame in which you are most likely to die
*Alerts you to the 12 mistakes most likely to kill you
*Outlines preventive strategies for flying through the zone alive
*Provides guidelines for avoiding, evading, diverting, correcting, and managing dangers
*Includes a "Pilot Personality Self-Assessment Exercise" for an individualized survival strategy
Survive the dangers that lurk in the killing zone.
About the Author
Paul A. Craig, Ed.D., longtime pilot, FAA award-winning flight instructor, and aviation educator and author, designed and conducted the research described in this book based on his lifelong concern with the high accident rate among general aviation pilots, and in the process of earning his doctorate in education, with special empahsis on pilot decision-making and flight training. A Gold Seal Multiengine Flight Instructor and twice FAA District Flight Instructor of the Year, he has spoken widely to flight instructors and others on improving flight training and safety. He is the author of Be a Better Pilot; Stalls & Spins; Multiengine Flying, 2nd Edition; and Light Airplane Navigation Essentials, all from McGraw-Hill's renowned Practical Flying Series.
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If one belongs to the minority, who usually makes poor go/no-go decisions, this book might help him or her to review and revise his/her habits.
If you used to be safe and cautious and know that for sure, this book reminds, you should never relax your vigilance by thinking, you are invulnerable, because you have the proper attitude.
If you are a paranoiac like I'm, who listens to the ATIS seven times and eventually taxis back to the apron, this book will help you to get rid of some unnecessary fears and become a little more confident, so now you can take more practice flying frequently, and get out of the killing zone sooner.
And wow! here is also a little bonus! Now you know exactly, what tell to your mom or wife, who is constantly worrying about your passion. Here you meet a lot of well-reasoned explanations why a bad end when flying GA aircraft is NOT obviously inevitable.
What I do like about the book is - it is a great review of basic aviation knowledge. He breaks down the the reasons of why pilots die. It's all about the basics and not becoming complacent. It gets you thinking. It reminds you that like a car you don't have the opportunity to pull over and evaluate the situation.
I recommend the book to all pilots and especially student pilots. It is a good reality check for all pilots and students. Above all it is the type of book you keep on the side as a reference.
The statistics need to be updated.
Shortly: you can learn more from reading just some NTSB reports, but this book is much better written and more entertaining, though.
The book teaches your how to be a safe pilot by using so many real life examples. I think every private pilot should read it.
worth reading, even if your not a pilot
On down side I must mention it would be useful to see more photos and drawings from actual accidents.