Descent

cold ice
Descent Venus, from six miles high, shines brighter than the landing lights of a passing jet.  The milky-way, and occasionally the northern lights look resplendent against a deep night sky.  Astronomers say Venus shines brightly because dense clouds in its atmosphere reflect the sunlight.  They also describe an environment completely inhospitable due to a surface temperature...
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Aerobatics

pitts model 12
Observations from the Cockpit Reality from a Higher Perspective   Aerobatics Four wings, fabric and lacing, steel, wood, rubber and wire; a handcrafted conglomeration of effort and hope; a personal creation, given life by designers and craftsmen; hardly the sort of thing you wear, but after squirming into the cockpit and buckling three straps of the parachute, seven...
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Building a Pitts Model 12 Aerobatic Biplane (7 year project)

pitts model 12
Lewis built this beautiful Pitts Model 12 aerobatic biplane.  The project took seven years to complete.  While building this project he was also building a house and writing a book.  The plane has now been flying for 10 years and going strong. This is our daughter Sarah demonstrating how it feels to fly aerobatics in the Pitts.
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The Demise of the Cosmic Fish

homebuilt airplane
    The "She Said" version for the non-pilot reader :) “Hi Linda, I have good news and bad news,” I heard my husband’s voice on the phone.  “The good news is that no one was hurt,” Lewis paused, “The bad news is that we crashed the airplane.”  Choosing the Cosmic Fish My husband Lewis is a professional pilot, flight instructor, author, and experimental airc...
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Piloting for Maximum Performance

Piloting for Maximum Performance
Piloting for Maximum Performance by Lewis Bjork This book is designed to help pilots reinforce and enhance their flying proficiency, this guide provides anecdotes from seasoned flight instructors and pilots offering readers the benefit of their considerable experience. Each chapter provides real-world pilot experiences, technical background information, tips and techniqu...
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Piloting at Night

Piloting at Night by Lewis Bjork is the first book about night flying written from a practical, pilot-oriented perspective. Author Bjork, an accomplished pilot, instructor, aerobatic performer, and test pilot, shares the tactics and techniques he and other experienced pilots use to maximize the benefits and minimize the dangers of night flying. Includes information on aviat...
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Van Sickle’s Modern Airmanship

Van Sickle's Modern Airmanship edited by Lewis Bjork The ultimate and standard aviation encyclopedia for 43 years. Modern Airmanship covers every subject from aerodynamics, to emergency and survival techniques, to airplane and aerospace structures. It is also the preeminent "how-to" source for all aviation professionals. The Eight Edition, lavishly illustrated, includes ...
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Piloting Basics Handbook

Piloting Basics Handbook
Piloting Basics Handbook edited by Lewis Bjork The ultimate guide for flying skillfully and safely Now, in one comprehensive volume you can get both step-by-step instruction in basic piloting skills, and FARs that every pilot must be able to reference and understand. Piloting Basics by Lewis Bjork truly packs all the detailed, profusely illustrated how-to information ...
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