I love to read about flying. In my office, I have an entire bookcase dedicated to aviation books. I’m always looking for the next great book to add to my collection.
The last couple of years I’ve been so busy with CTI school that I haven’t had time to pay attention to my library. Just yesterday I finally picked up my copy of Fate is the Hunter, an aviation classic that has been referenced in many of my classes. I am one chapter in and I am hooked. Ernest K. Gann writes beautifully, and the stories are intense.
I often read more than one book at a time. I’m also working through Stick and Rudder. Wolfgang Langewiesche lays out the art of flying in a simple way and gets me thinking more about basic aeronautical knowledge. Stick and Rudder is definitely an essential aviation book.
Other aviation essentials, in my opinion, include The Killing Zone, Biplane Odyssey and Flight of Passage. Richard Bach writes some tremendously inspiring and enjoyable words about aviation. In a more scholarly vein I enjoy Barry Schiff’s The Proficient Pilot and Rod Machado’s textbooks.
I have textbooks, fiction books, books of true (or mostly true) stories from the bush. I have picture books and books on human factors and even the FAR/AIM, and I’m always looking to add more books to my collection.
I’d like to hear what’s in your library too. What are some of your favorite aviation texts?