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"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."

from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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Learning to Fly

The Complete Guide to Flight Instruction

Title: The Complete Guide to Flight Instruction
By: Gregory Penglis

This Bay area flight instructor has taught flying to hundreds of students for more than fifteen years. He recounts his experiences at age 16 learning to fly. He then writes about his challenges teaching student pilots and the state of flying instruction in the United States. While the book is over twenty years old, his comments are still applicable to students and instructors, today. He gives excellent tips on selecting an instructor, specifics on learning take-offs and landings, taking the written examination, surviving the check ride, learning instrument flying and flying complex aircraft. He explains what really makes an airplane fly and it is not analogous to squeezing a garden hose! He also covers airspace, weather, navigation, and Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Well worth reading for anyone who wants to fly or is already flying an aircraft.

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Posted by downingp on Aug. 4, 2009 at 4:30 a.m.


August 8, 2009 at 4:38 p.m.:

I am glad that the reviewer picked this title. It is indeed an essential guide for both student and seasoned pilots, even though it was published in 1994. Sometimes, experience transcends time and space.

February 4, 2011 at 11:48 p.m.:

Thank you for the review and comment. I'm so glad that years after writing "The Complete Guide" that it is still helping pilots. But the system has not changed, yet. Maybe when the readers reach a critical mass something will be done.

Fly well, flying safely is only the beginning!

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