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Picture of "General Aviation Human Factors"This 124-page book  teaches the safety information that large flight departments and airlines use to guarantee flight safety.  Using the tools and techniques described in this book will help general aviation pilots resist errors and improve safety.  Learn the secrets of the safest segments of aviation to apply to your flying. 

In this volume is a safety message that touches Private, Commercial, and even ATP-rated Pilots.  While many of the tips and techniques could apply to solo flying, my goal is to bring an airline-level of safety to multi-pilot, general aviation flying.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a Pilot and his Instructor or two ATP-rated Pilots flying a Boeing Business Jet.  This message is for you, I hope you’ll own it and make it yours.  Size 8.5" x 6" Price: $14.95 (free shipping to US addresses)
.  ISBN: 978-0-9823940-9-0

Instrument or Commercial student?  Corporate Pilot?  Airline Pilot?   Then you need this book!

Coming Soon - In Print!

Terms of all purchases:  US funds only.  Sent First Class Mail with Delivery Confirmation.  International Sales

What's Inside This Book?

Other: Personal Minimums Checklist

Introduction to the Second Edition

From the beginnings of my graduate education, I was trying to combine the two things I loved:  Aviation & Psychology.  During my doctoral education in Psychology, particularly Stress & Human Performance, I was intrigued with its application to flying.  Little did I know that serious research was underway and by 1997, a mandate by the White House Commission on Aviation Safety, created a modern Aviation system built upon a new understanding of Human Factors.  From modest beginnings in 1978 to our current understanding of Human Factors, we’ve enjoyed increasing levels of safety and human performance never before seen in our lifetime.  Accident rates prove this.

My interest percolated while I taught as a professor of Psychology, and then again as I undertook my first flying job with an airline.  There, a professor contracted from a local university taught his version of Human Factors & CRM.  The seminar ignited my interest once again, not because his teaching was inspiring but because it wasn’t.  By 2006, I had a draft copy of this book which I unsuccessfully shopped around to publishers.  It seems that General Aviation wasn’t ready for a Human Factors book.  I was unconvinced and decided to proceed forward with the edition you hold in your hands.

In this volume is a safety message that touches Private, Commercial, and even ATP-rated Pilots.  While many of the tips and techniques could apply to solo flying, my goal is to bring an airline-level of safety to multi-pilot, general aviation flying.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a Pilot and his Instructor or two ATP-rated Pilots flying a Boeing Business Jet.  This message is for you, I hope you’ll own it and make it yours. 

   
  Combo Packages


Picture of "Getting the Most From Your Flight Training"Cover - Radio Communications Guide Free Priority Mail ShippingStudent Pilot Combo
Want to be ahead of the game and need it all?  Get the best VFR cross country flight planning plotter on the market, and the book that is going to save you a lot of money, help you get finished quickly, and become the safest pilot.  There is also the radio communications guide which will make you sound like a pro and the checklist that covers 30 normal and non-normal situations and has 9 special tools that  you'll use on every flight.    Free upgraded shipping!  We ship everything in a huge priority mail envelope with delivery confirmation tracking number - arrives in 2-3 days.  Price: $55 Always free shipping to US addresses.

You'll get  5 great products which will give you a leg up on your training:
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Visi-Plotter  - The best, most accurate navigational plotter made.
  -  Pilot's Rules of Thumb The ultimate checklist that every pilot needs  which covers 30 normal and non-normal situations and has 9 special tools that  you'll use on every flight.
  -  Pilot's Radio Communications Guide. 70-page review guide is designed as a quick reference guide or radio communications training self study guide.
   -  I've Screwed Up! Now What?  A 48-page review guide with practical tips and advise for using the NASA form when you've violated the FARs.
  -  Getting the Most From Your Flight Training, a 170-page book is the essential guide to becoming a better pilot, paying the least, getting the most, and finishing as quickly as possible.

 
 
Cover - IFR Checkride ReviewerPicture of "Getting the Most From Your Flight Training"Click to see a larger picture

Includes 8 products:
IFR Checkride Reviewer
Getting the Most From Your Flight Training
Pilot's Radio Communications Guide
Safer Approaches  AND  Pilot's Rules of Thumb
Visi-Hold™   AND Learning IFR Enroute Charts
I've Screwed Up!  Now What? - Using the NASA form
Free Priority Mail ShippingThe Whole Enchilada - Everything IFR - 2012
Save $18!  Getting started and don't want to miss a thing?  Coming up on a Checkride and need it all?  Here's the package that everyone has been asking me to do for the last 10 years.  It's the whole enchilada as they say on PBS. 

This package comes with SEVEN products:  first you got the best selling IFR Checkride Reviewer which is #1 in the USA for IFR Check ride preparation.  Built into the binding of the book is included
Pilot's Radio Communications Guide and Learning IFR Enroute Charts as a chapters.  Visi-Hold is absolutely included and you'll find that it's the easiest way to figure out holding entries (until you can do them in your head).  If that weren't enough, we add these additional products:
  -  Pilot's Rules of Thumb The ultimate checklist that every pilot needs  which covers 30 normal and non-normal situations and has 9 special tools that  you'll use on every flight.
  -  I've Screwed Up! Now What?  A 48-page review guide with practical tips and advise for using the NASA form when you've violated the FARs.
  -  Getting the Most From Your Flight Training, a 170-page book is the essential guide to becoming a better pilot, paying the least, getting the most, and finishing as quickly as possible.
  -  Safer Approaches - how to conduct Instrument Approach Procedures to a higher standard of safety and precision.  It includes a descent rate table I am sure you will keep in your kneeboard. 

We ship everything in a huge priority mail envelope with delivery confirmation tracking number - arrives in 2-3 days.  Price: $60 - Always free shipping to US addresses. 


  

Cover - IFR Checkride ReviewerPicture of "Getting the Most From Your Flight Training"Click to see a larger picture
Includes 5 products:
IFR Checkride Reviewer
Getting the Most From Your Flight Training
Pilot's Radio Communications Guide
Visi-Hold™ AND Pilot's Rules of Thumb
Free Priority Mail ShippingIFR Checkride Preparation Combo - 2012 Edition
Save $6.  Got your IFR checkride coming up?  Starting your instrument rating?  Save $10 on the IFR Checkride Prep Combo - everything you'll need for your checkride.  This package includes the best selling IFR Checkride Preparation guide, a 340-page review package is designed to help you to get through the Instrument Checkride.  It also includes the Pilot's Radio Communications Guide as a chapter and Visi-Hold™ (described above).  You'll also receive Getting the Most From Your Flight Training, the ultimate guide to getting the most, paying the least and becoming a safer pilot.  If that weren't enough, you'll also receive the ultimate pilot's checklist, Pilot's Rules of Thumb, which covers 30 normal and non-normal situations and has 9 special tools that  you'll use on every flight.  Sent USPS Priority Mail  with Delivery Confirmation Tracking Number  - arrives in 2-3 days.  Price $38 (Always free Shipping to US addresses).  









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IFR Home Run:  Learning IFR Charts, Safer Approaches, Visi-Hold, Rules of Thumb - 4 Great Products, One Price
Free 1st Class Mail ShippingSave $11. Get three top-rated pubs & the ultimate pilot's checklist:   Learning IFR Enroute Charts & Visi-Hold™ & Safer Approaches & Pilot's Rules of Thumb (described above) home run combo package.  Not only will you own the ultimate pilot's checklist,  you'll master IFR chart symbology, you'll never wonder about holding entries again, and you'll perform the safest, most stabilized instrument approaches possible.  This home run combo package is a perfect gift for the Instrument Rated PIlot.  Sent US 1st class mail.  Price $20 (Free Shipping to US addresses)Sent First Class with Delivery Confirmation Tracking Number. 



 
Free 1st Class Mail ShippingVisi-Plotter - Simply the Best Flight Planning Plotter Made

This is the only VFR plotter invented by a CFI for pilots.  It includes innovative features that provides temperature conversion, flight planning scratch pad area, and a no-mistakes course protractor that even beginners won't be confused by.  It provides scales for sectional & WAC charts, and it even has inches & MM measurements.

The Most Accurate
The Visi-Plotter navigational plotter is created from a calibrated hot stamp.  It is the most accurate way to create a plotter.  No other plotter on the market uses this production method because its more expensive than the silk screen method used by every other manufacturer.

You'll pay no less than $21.95 to get a basic VFR plotter shipped from the typical online pilot store.  It won't include a tutorials on flight planning like Visi-Plotter.  It won't include online support like Visi-Plotter. Instead, get the original Visi-Plotter, helping pilots since 2000.  With Visi-Plotter, you'll get the best made plotter in the industry, a tutorial on flight planning, and online support.  Price $15 (Free Shipping to US addresses)  Sent First Class with Delivery Confirmation Tracking Number.


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