Author: Drew Chitiea
Paperback: 526 pages
Publisher: Colorado Skymaster, LLC (November 10, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
If you currently hold a pilots’ certificate, or held one in the past, or would like to hold one in the future, then this book is for you. The stories, fables, whoppers, tall tales, there-I-was escapades, flying anecdotes, reports, narratives, and versions of the ‘truth’ have all been collected and presented here for your edification, enjoyment and education. For with almost each chronicle presented herein is also included some relevant iota of ‘brain-food’ a pilot needs at hand to make – and keep – flying and aviation the inherently safe endeavor it is today. Those who have risen “up, up into the delirious blue” in years past may well see themselves – albeit a much younger self – in some of these stories. For those who dream of a life in the sky – come sit at the feet of those who have gone before: Listen, young Skywalker, and learn from the Masters. For everyone who has worn the wings and shouldered the authority of Pilot-in-Command – and for those of you who will do so in the future – this book was written for you.
About the Author
Drew Chitiea has been flying since the last century, is a 9-time Master Instructor and FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. He has flown over 175 different make/model airplanes - virtually from the smallest to largest - contributing to aviation from his secret hideout in Colorado.
2.1 By Kindle Customer on February 26, 2015
Outstanding! Poignant and thought provoking, not to mention funny as only Drew Chitiea can be.
2.2 By Vanita Gallo on December 8, 2014
"The Aviator's Bathroom Reader" is a grab bag collection of humorous, whimsical, pithy truisms. These stories and anecdotes should lead most aviation-inspired readers to an occasional thought -provoking moment when in fact a serious point had been made for aviation safety, despite the fun. The author begins the book with supposed praises from aviation luminaries, such as Charles Lindburgh, "Pancho" Barnes, and "The Great" Waldo Pepper. This sets the stage for what is to follow. The book's 524 pages are broken down into 146 chapters, most with only two or three pages, with irresistible titles to entice the reader such as: "Airline Pilot Dies Enroute;" "Aviation Monkey;" "If a Dog Was Your Instructor;" "Nightmare at FL350;" and "The Preacher and the Pilot." In true style of bathroom readers, if in fact that is where the book ends up in one's home, the book can be opened at any point, only a page or two at most from a chapter heading. This bathroom companion is meant to be a short read, though it would be equally useful on a long trip, where one would not be tied to a long narrative, but rather short amusing anecdotes and observations to help while away the time. Drew Chitea is a gifted writer and has the background for an aviation-themed book. He earned his Private Pilot License in 1971, and since then has been a bush pilot in Alaska, Chief Pilot for an airline training academy, an instructor for a major airline, and is currently an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. "The Aviator's Bathroom Reader" is a great read, not only for those with an aviation background but for just about anyone who has been a passenger on an airline.
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