Encyclopedia Of Technical Aviation by BristowEncyclopedia Of Technical Aviation by Bristow

Encyclopedia Of Technical Aviation


Paperback | September 25, 2002

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* Got a question? Get an answer fast with this encyclopedia reference to technical aviation
* This book provides a multipurpose platform that can be used to reduce risk, increase safety, and assist careeer advancement
* Hundreds of diagrams and illustrations
* Valuable to pilots, managers, planners, designers, engineers, safety directors and flight instructors
Gary V. Bristow is an airline pilot who was inspired to write the Encyclopedia of Technical Aviation while training and working as an airline pilot. During that time, Bristow realized his sources for information were not always readily available, and set about to compile and write a centralized, easy-to-use guide for aviation professio...
Title:Encyclopedia Of Technical AviationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9.1 × 7.3 × 1.21 inPublished:September 25, 2002Publisher:McGraw-HillLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0071402136

ISBN - 13:9780071402132


Editorial Reviews

by Steve Whitson Sometimes I see a book and its title just makes me pick it up. Then I scan the back cover and feel compelled to leaf through the pages. Rarely, but often enough to merit notice, the contents make it a must-buy. In this case the back cover promises "instant facts" on aerodynamics, engines, aircraft performance, aircraft speed, atmosphere, meteorology, navigation, type qualifications, and more. So it was with eager anticipation that I took home the "Encyclopedia of Technical Aviation" by Gary Bristow. This 453-page softcover book of aviation explanations is arranged alphabetically, making it ideal for reference material. It's also excellent to take on a trip or place in any strategic location where the reading opportunities vary from a few minutes to an hour or so. Of course, this presumes you're interested in the technical aspects of aviation. But, then again, because you're reading the review, that's an excellent conjecture. As a pilot, it's one thing to be able to maneuver an aircraft from A to B and do so without damage or bloodshed. This is the realm of the novice, the student pilot, the once-a-month-fly-for-lunch devotee. But for those who take flying seriously, it behooves all of us to understand the medium through which we fly, as well as the machine we use. I'm sure we all agree on this simple premise. What has held us back is the lack of immediately available information. I personally have many textbooks and other tomes that cover the most esoteric of subjects. Not that I understand everything in them. But locating a specific item in a general-subject textbook is often a frustrating experience. Many of the school texts can put you to sleep in aheartbeat and are written by pedants more involved in impressing the reader than explaining the subject. Others are written for the engineer or the highly advanced student and require a great deal of requisite reading beforehand. Another problem is that they, and most of the other books, have indices that are woefully inadequate. It's a matter of guessing which subjects may contain the information you're seeking. Because this book is arranged alphabetically, there's little opportunity to miss the item, provided it's included. The explanations are succinct, yet sufficient for understanding. They also vary greatly in length. For example, "hypertension" is given five words, while "drag" goes on for four pages with four diagrams. Another example is "coffin corner." We all know it exists, but it's almost impossible to find a good explanation in a text. The term is slightly in the slang idiom, but airline pilots talk about it all the time. For those of you who are interested, here's part of the explanation in the book: "Coffin corner occurs at the aircraft's absolute ceiling, where the speeds at which the Mach number buffet and prestall buffet occur are coincident..." The explanation continues for a half page, and there's a diagram also...