Rod Machado's Plane Talk - The Mental Art Of Flying an Airplane
456 pages - Paperback
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Book Price: $29.95
eBook Price: $24.95
|Finally, a fun to read human factors book! Learn more than you thought possible about how your brain works in critical aviation situations. Reads like a book one buys for sheer enjoyment.
Plane Talk's 96 chapters cover many human factor issues. Since about 85% of all accidents are due to pilot error, this book is important to anyone who flies an aircraft. If you want the mental advantage that makes you safer as a pilot, then you must read Plane Talk. These 442 pages contain important skills. Machado makes them easy to learn and easy to recall by using his trademark humor throughout this thought-provoking book.
Risk management, CRM and human factorsgo beyond the acronyms.
Pilots claim these pages have saved their lives. When you learn these lessons it will be as if an experienced copilot whispers the precise answer in your ear at those pivotal moments when you desperately need the correct answer to make the proper decision. Critical decisions require knowledge, skill and experience. Plane Talk provides all three of these and discusses topics that worry pilots most. These lessons are pertinent to all aviators, from student pilot to fighter pilot.
PLANE TALK INCLUDES:
How to Assess, Calculate and Manage Aviation Risks
How misleading aviation statistics can be
Techniques for Making Better Cockpit Decisions
How to use your inner copilot
Value of one good question asked upside down
New Ways to Help You Cope with Temptation
Understand how human nature can trick you
Why good pilots are prejudiced
How honor can protect you aloft
Favorite Skills Used By Good Pilots
How to Use Your Brain for a Change
How to learn faster
The brain's performance chart
Little lies we tell ourselves and mistakes we need to make
The Truth about Flying, Anxiety and Fear
Why the safest pilots often make excuses instead of flights
Why anxiety is a normal part of flying
Three-step process to avoiding panic in the cockpit
How to Handle First Time Flyers and Anxious Passengers
Reduce the cockpit stress between pilot and spouse
|I teach human factors at the CFI level. Plane Talk does a great job of addressing the very difficult to teach concepts of judgement and risk management, in a non-threatening way. I highly recommend it.
Catherine Fish, CFII, 6,000 hours, 20-Year FIRC Instructor
... stories run the gamut from hilarious to philosophical to inspiring to brilliant, sometimes all four at the same time. Machado writes very much as he talks, from the heart with intelligence and insight, but always with a touch of irreverence, and Plane Talk reads almost like a conversation with the man.
Machado deals with aviation subjects with a different tack, examining why we do some of the dumb things we do and explaining how we can shortstop bad decisions. Like any good psychologist, he prefers to examine motivations and analyze people rather than dwell on accident reports as a subject matter.
30-year Senior Editor,
Plane & Pilot magazine
In the last 5 days, I think I have learned more interesting techniques to enhance my pilot skills than I ever thought possible. Between Rod’s seminars at the WAI conference and reading Plane Talk (when I really should have been studying for finals... but English or Airplanes? Hmm...), I mean WOW!
I just finished reading Plane Talk, which I enjoyed very much, and rereading Rod Machado’s Instrument Pilot’s Survival Guide. The new weather material is great. This time through, I focused especially on the GPS section, since I am now flying more in GPS-equipped planes and working to get smart on GPS approaches.
Plane Talk is truly a gem!
I enjoyed Plane Talk. I liked that it was not only about flying, but about life in general, and I will recommend it to some non flying people that I know, especially my kids and wife.
D. G., Virginia
After four years of happy flying in both Europe and the States, I started to lose the spark or whatever it was and even thought about staying on the earth for good. I used to be so enthusiastic. So what was going on? I really honest-to-goodness couldn't put my finger on it. I couldn't ask anyone because I didn't even know the question... What I like about Plane Talkone of the many things I like about itis the way Rod turns the natural anxiety we all have into a plus, turning it away from self-doubt and towards something positive. Like knowing our (and the plane's) limitations and making sure we just do it right. I've barely been out of a plane since I read that book. Given the price of 100LL in Europe I should sue Rod. Keep up the good work! I really mean it.