ASA Flight Training: Taking the Short Approach


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“Taking the Short Approach” was written as an aviation primer and
provides an introduction to the whole flight training process. As
freshman rely on seniors to learn the ropes, readers will find
themselves turning time and time again to David Diamond’s guidance and

Starting with a look at what’s involved in the initial decision to take flight lessons, Flight Training: Taking the Short Approach is
a comprehensive orientation to flight training that tackles the subject
of aviation training from the perspective of discovery rather than
syllabus. Aviation is a circular subject that has no perfect point of
entry when taught. There is no aspect of aviation that doesn’t require
at least some understanding of another aviation topic. Short Approach does
away with the traditional topic-by-topic approach to aviation
instruction, instead allowing the reader to fall into the subject right
from the start, helped along by the author’s conversational style and
friendly humor in sharing his experiences. This book makes the ideal
first read for anyone who intends to start flight training; it should be
considered “Flight Training 101.”

Diamond does not assume
any aviation knowledge on the part of the reader. His book is the ideal
handbook for student pilots, covering such topics as why people fly, the
process of learning to fly — including money matters, health
requirements, time commitments, school and instructor options, and the
tests involved — and the privileges and limitations associated with a
pilot certificate. From there, the author dispels frequent concerns of
learning to fly, such as the realities of engine failures, midair
collisions, and weather. The airplane is covered with an orientation to
the controls and instrumentation, and showing which maneuvers students
will be flying throughout the pilot curriculum. The book concludes by
discussing which gizmos can help with training, which can hurt the
learning process, and which are necessary if not only for the “cool”

Since the author is also an accomplished illustrator, the
text is accompanied by some of the best full-color and 3D graphics found
in any aviation textbook — readers will have a solid “mind’s eye view”
of the flight training process. As a result, they will enter their
flight training program completely prepared, knowing exactly what needs
to happen to get their license, understanding what to expect and able to
make the right decisions, so no time is wasted at the airport or in the
airplane… “Taking the short approach to flight training.” Softcover, fully illustrated in color, 292 pages.

What readers are saying about this book:

all pilots that I know, I have read parts or all of numerous books on
the subject of flight instruction, and this is clearly the best that is
on the market in every respect. This is the first publication to provide
the prospective or current student pilot a true, “real world”
perspective of what learning to fly is really all about. I like the
intuitive approach to the overall framework of the book, and this
combined with the crystal clear explanations of at times difficult
concepts and literally the best illustrations and diagrams that I have
ever seen, serves to set this work apart from all others. Indeed, I
think that history will confirm my belief that this book will set a new
standard in the field.
—Dr. Kenny Reed, Flight Instructor and L-39 pilot

a good pilot and I thought I had good instruction. But this book
contains a lot of stuff I simply hadn’t learned! This is the way it
ought to have been taught all along. Makes me wish I didn’t have this
day job, so I could fly more often!
—Roger O’Donnell, keyboardist for The Cure, and private pilot

Diamond has not just the Write stuff, but he’s a foremost expert at 3D
illustration–a powerful and rare combination when it comes to aviation
—Thomas Haines, Executive Editor, AOPA