The Psychology of Flight

  • by Alex Varney
  • Narrated by Thomas Block
  • 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This book has been put back into print after many years of absence because The Psychology of Flight can provide modern pilots - everyone from new students to seasoned professionals - what's needed to continuously make themselves ready for whatever the piloting tasks ahead might be. In essence, it's nothing less than an exquisitely written 'Checklist for the Self'. While it is important to study and understand the rules, the procedures and the particulars of each airplane that a pilot gets into, it is even more important to have a good understanding of the inner workings of the flesh and blood person who will be pushing the levers, pressing the switches, turning the wheels and making the decisions that affect the course of these technological marvels that are airplanes. You.
This is not the sort of book that you should listen only once, not just because there is so much inside, but also because we need refresher training now and again in this most important of all aviation related subjects: basically, a pilot's inner workings. Keep this book to be listened to periodically for recurrent proficiency in the area that is ultimately most important to a pilot: before we can control an airplane with the necessary skills and consistency, we also need to understand how to control ourselves as well as humanly possible.


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Customer Reviews

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Gets into the had of a flight instructor

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes but only my few airmen and dive instructor friends , I don't think most of my fiends would be interested in the subject matter.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It wasn't a dramatic story rather an instructional text the ending brought the authors premise to a logical conclusion.

What does Thomas Block bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His enthusiasm for he subject matter was obvious and somewhat contagious

Do you think The Psychology of Flight needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No it doesn't because it did all it st out to in this offering

Any additional comments?

I was surprised at how much of what I learned as a Scuba instructor was also useful as a flight instructor having flown and done diving for a flying I could relate to the authors messages and lessons.

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- Ken

Classic Revival of an Aviation Standard

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is intended for student pilots and flight instructors. Anyone else reading it should be primarily interested in viewing a training environment and world view from a pilot's perspective.

What does Thomas Block bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Thomas Block revived this classic from the 1950s for a new generation of aviators. He has the seasoned voice of an experienced pilot.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This book is best broken up in segments. It's very interesting, but requires thought and self-reflection, and is a bit dry compared to thrillers or page-turning fiction. Definitely worth reading, but not in one sitting.

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- Mark L. Berry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-21-2016
  • Publisher: Thomas Block Audio