Pilot 101 is for anyone who is interested in aviation and being a pilot, whether simply for personal recreation and travel, or as a career. The audiobook is organized in approximately the same sequence a person would follow, from thinking about being a pilot, to the training and experience required for most aviation careers, including airlines and military aviation.
Learn how to determine if flying, either as a hobby or a career is right for you. If you decide you are interested in being a pilot, it will provide you with key steps to prepare for flight training and set your personal aviation goals.
Topics covered include how to decide what kind of pilot you want to be, and then the initial steps for your path into aviation, including what you will have to learn, how your training will progress, and help you set goals.
Training requirements for each phase of flight training are summarized, including FAA test requirements.
There is a section that spells out the privileges of and requirements for different pilot certificates, from being a Sport pilot to an airline or military pilot. Even different types of aircraft are covered including helicopters and gliders.
Training programs are described, from initial training at a local airport to attending a flight academy or university aviation program that will take you from “the ground up”, from first flight to qualification as a professional pilot and set you on the way to your ultimate aviation goals.
Mr. Richmond has been involved in aviation in one way or another for more than 40 years. He received his initial flight training in the U. S. Air Force. The Air Force 53-week flight training program is generally recognized as a master’s degree level course, and, in addition to basic and advanced flight training include a broad range of aerospace academics, including aerodynamics, meteorology, aircraft systems, navigation, FAA regulations, safety and survival, instrument flight procedures, etc.
After serving in the Air Force, Mr. Richmond served as a flight instructor and captain for a regional airline, taught aeronautics and air science for 10 years, including five years at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Mr. Richmond also built and flew his own experimental airplane. He continues to write about aviation, aircraft, and piloting. Several of his flying stories can be found on his blog, Renaissance Musings under the category, “There I Was”.
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