Review: Jason Blair’s Middle Altitude Flying Field Guide
Written by Jason J. Baker – If you saw my review of Jason Blair’s latest Tailwheel Flying Field Guide, this book is a bit less relevant to the seaplane or LSA flying aficionado, however may still be of interest to those of us who fly more than just seaplanes, or for a living. Since we cover a lot of business aviation related topics here, reviewing this book makes perfect sense. Pressurized and non pressurized single and multi engine aircraft present their unique challenges to those who fly them.
Details about the Book
- Title: An Aviator’s Field Guide to Middle Altitude Flying
- ISBN: 978-1-61954-593-9
- Author: Jason Blair
- Price: $12.95
- ASA Item Name: ASA-MIDALT
What To Expect?
Middle altitude flying takes place between 10.000 and 25.000 feet and requires either special training or extra care and consideration from the guy or gal looking out the front window. Further – beyond FL 180 (18.000 feet MSL) – flying generally requires a instrument rating. Those expecting stories of unsuspecting passengers and children or even worse, puppies being sucked out of the aircraft… please skip on over to flightofhorror.com. Jason Blair is an active instructor and designated pilot examiner and ASA has been selling aviation training and certification books for decades.
Who Should Read The Book?
Anyone with an interest in flying high performance single or twin turbo pistons, turbines and anyone thinking of upgrading to one of these aircraft will find this book helpful for jogging the memory. Anyone with a Instrument Rating or Commercial Pilot Certificate will find the book to be a good education resource. What I personally liked is the focus on things like climb and descent planning. The book goes into weather considerations in its longest chapter, as clearly – weather is of great concern when upgrading to more “professional equipment”. 14 chapters followed by further resources, again round the picture.
A straight forward education resource from a pro with a passion for teaching. Jason Blair managed to write the book in such a way, that it serves both – beginners who are just getting acquainted with flying higher – and those who’ve done it for years and wish to refresh their knowledge. While the more experienced aviators out there may find the emphasis on regulations and calculation examples a bit tedious, going along will refresh the “right way” to get the job done. Meanwhile those who are thinking about upgrading get a good resource into their hands to orient themselves by.
My Book Rating
I give a 10 out of 10 for this book. Why on gods blue planet would he not deduct at least half a point, you may ask? Are they paying this guy to write something nice? Far from it! In contrast to the 8.5 I gave for the Tailwheel Book, (which was a bit dry with no pictures) – this one deserves a 10 out of 10, because it fits its back-cover and description like a sneaker. Especially the effort of visualizing concepts makes it a much better resource in my judgement.
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