Glass cockpits, NextGen, iPads, drones -- these and other advances of the Information Age are revolutionizing aviation. High Tech Flying examines how these advances are impacting aviation and gives pilots the tools and knowledge they need to fly safely and efficiently in this new environment. High Tech Flying explains these technologies in plain English and from the pilot`s perspective, and explains how they work together to create a new way of flying in the Information Age.
The first chapters examine two technologies which have really "taken off" in the last five years - NextGen and personal devices such as tablet computers and smartphones. Pilots need to understand them and how they are changing the way we fly in the National Airspace System. Next High Tech Flying examines "The Glass Cockpit Revolution" - how it happened, what it means for pilots, and how to use glass cockpit technology to fly safely and efficiently. It includes chapters on "Mastering the Glass Cockpit" and "Flight Planning In the Information Age."
It is vital that flight instructors understand these advances, not only because they fly in this environment but because it is their job to communicate this knowledge to the pilot community. That is why High Tech Flying includes a chapter on "Flight Training in the Information Age." Because checklists are a vital part of flying safely and effectively in the Information Age High Tech Flying dedicates a separate chapter to their creation and use.
High Tech Flying concludes with a chapter on "The Future," which tries to predict where the on-going digital revolution will take aviation.
To be clear, High Tech Flying is not a tutorial on specific pieces of aviation equipment. For one thing, in the Information Age, details about the features, capabilities and operation of particular pieces of equipment change too rapidly for any book to stay current. Pilots should always look for the details of how to operate their particular make and model of aircraft or avionics box in the latest updated documentation provided by the manufacturer of that equipment. This has always been true and is even more so today, since the operational details of glass cockpit airplanes differ greatly among models and change so rapidly. One great example of this phenomenon is the fact that the concept of "software upgrade" has now found its way into the general aviation cockpit. And, just as the "software upgrade" can be a problem for your desktop computer, it can also be a problem for your glass cockpit avionics.
High Tech Flying is available online at as a paperback or as a Kindle e-book, and at many pilot shops across the country.
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