Review: Jason Blair’s Tailwheel Flying Field Guide
Book Review written by Jason J. Baker – There are those of us who have lost control of a conventional gear aircraft and those of us who will, eventually. This century old wisdom sounds like the painful truth for some and like a myth, to others. Its a skill topic as much as its a knowledge topic. I recently received a copy of Jason Blair’s An Aviator’s Field Guide to Tailwheel Flying for review and here’s what I think about getting the knowledge part taken care of.
Details about the Book
- Title: An Aviator’s Field Guide to Tailwheel Flying
- ISBN: 978-1-31954-589-2
- Author: Jason Blair
- Price: $12.95
- ASA Item Name: ASA-TAILDRAG
What To Expect?
Those expecting harrowing tales of airplanes occupied by screaming pilots, bouncing, spinning, screeching and scraping all over the place prior to reading humorous hero pilot anecdotes from a funny entertainer, are looking at the wrong book. Jason Blair is an Instructor and DPE with close to 100 different types flown. He has written extensively on topics of flight training, aviation safety and has been featured in multiple association magazines and his writing has always struck me as very reasonable and pragmatic.
Who Should Read The Book?
In short, I think that every student or pilot wishing to obtain a tailwheel endorsement should find this book useful. Its also a perfect resource for pilots returning to flying conventionally geared aircraft after a longer hiatus. In 17 chapters Blair takes the reader from finding the right instructor through all phases of flight to tips and tricks and even explains the steps required to become a tailwheel instructor. A number of further reading resources rounds the picture.
Lets make no fuss about what to expect in this publication, which is 83 pages thick. Keep in mind that it its a field guide and published by a company that has been producing pilot training literature for several decades. All in all, a book for those who wish to have a mental picture and knowledge about why conventional gear aircraft can be a bit of a challenge will find this a worthy investment into their pilot education library.
My Book Rating
I would rate the book a 8.5 out of 10. Why 8.5 out of 10 points? The book is missing images or drawings which would have lightened up the reading in between chapters. Anything under 100 pages would have been fine and light enough to keep it in a flight bag. Maybe something ASA will consider for its next version of the book?
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