A Deal at Twice the Price!
We all know someone who had hinted that they are interested in flying GA airplanes. It might be someone at work, it might be your son or daughter. Usually, they can be easily spotted in a crowd because as you blab on endlessly about airplanes and flying – after the rest of the crowd has vanished – these "wannabes" are still there hanging on your every word about greased landings, ILS approaches, Oshkosh and sneaking into Sun River for a weekend of play time.
But like anything else these days, life, family and career can sometimes stand in the way of achieving such lofty dreams as learning to fly. Ask almost anyone who has earned at private ticket or better and the story is almost always the same:
After months or sometimes years of trying to figure out the best approach to getting a pilot's license, many new flight students seem to make a few wrong decisions that come back to bite them in the backside later on. Maybe it's choosing the wrong flight school, or the wrong flight instructor, or maybe it's choosing to learn behind a standard six pack of steam gauges when you KNOW you really want to fly only glass cockpit machines. These decisions wouldn't be so tough – you say to yourself – if only you had read the manual first.Well, my flying friends, reading "the manual" is now free and easy, thanks to Max Trescott, a San Francisco Bay Area CFI-I that has a resume that makes him completely authorized to write his new eBook called "Learn to Fly - Live Your Dream and Get Your Pilot's License". Just a few glances at Max's credentials will indicate that he is most qualified to coach anyone on taking those precarious first baby steps towards the left seat:
"Garmin G1000 expert and author Max Trescott was named the 2008 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year by the General Aviation Awards Program. Perhaps best known for his Max Trescott's G1000 Glass Cockpit Handbook, he is a Master CFI and Master Ground Instructor and teaches flying at the Palo Alto, Calif. airport. He is now a factory trained Cessna FITS instructor, a Cirrus Design CSIP, a Columbia (Cessna) 350 / 400 instructor, and teaches in the national Columbia recurrent training program."In this free eBook, everything is spelled out in plain English. A few section titles answering some of those nagging wannabe questions include:
Why Learn to Fly?Max's blog [found here] is also a must-read for flight students, with posts such as "Zen and the Art of Instrument Flying" sure to generate deep thinking. Best to read that one while in some sort of Yoga pose.
What Can I do with my Pilot Certificate?
What Kind of Planes Can I Fly?
How Far Can I Fly?
How Safe is Flying?
Can I Really Do it?
What Does It take to Get a Pilot’s Certificate?
What Will it Cost?
How Long Will it Take?
Do I Need to Take a Ground School?
How Do I Get Started Now?
Where Can I Learn to Fly?
How Do I Choose an Instructor?
Learn to Fly in a Glass Cockpit aircraft
Can I Earn a Living Flying?
It is not often that we get free info from someone at the top of their profession. Why Max is not charging $29.95 and including a free set of Ginsu knives for each eBook is beyond me. But in a world where big name CEOs and celebrity chefs aim to rake in the dough by the very mention of their names, it is refreshing to find an aviator like Max Trescott who has his ego planted firmly on the ground. For that one reason alone, I think everyone who reads this post ought to go here and download Max's eBook and promise to pass it along to anyone in their address book who has even a remote attraction to flying machines.
Do it for the good of GA, because if you introduce the eBook to someone and they end up as a lifelong pilot, you will have become one of GA's heroes – a person that has done something substantial to help solidify the future of private aviation in this country.
And trust me when I say, GA needs a few heroes right about now.