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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 Amazon as a paperback or as a Kindle e-book, and at many pilot shops across the country.


The information the average American needs to safeguard their online identity is scattered across many different sources, is often contradictory, and is usually too technical to be useful to them. In this book I have tried to meet this challenge by collecting the necessary information in one place, explaining it as simply and practically as possible and separating good advice from bad. When I do have to use a technical term I try to define it as simply and clearly as I can. My ultimate goal is to make this a practical handbook which non-technical users can use to protect themselves and their families online.

I also want to be clear, this book is not a handbook for securing business information systems. The cybersecurity requirements for businesses and other large organizations (which typically have file, access, web, email, and database servers, not to mention hundreds of users) are much more complex than those for individuals and families. If you want to protect an organization's information assets from hackers, industrial espionage, malware, disgruntled employees and former employees you should engage the services of a competent and experienced information systems security professional (I am available, I should mention!).

Personal Internet Security Made Simple is available online at Amazon as a Kindle e-book for $4.99.

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