“Turbine Pilot’s Flight Manual”


The Turbine Pilot’s Flight Manual 3rd Edition (Preorder new 4th Edition coming January, 2020.)

by Gregory N. Brown & Mark J. Holt

Everything a pilot is expected to know when transitioning to turbine-powered aircraft. Covers all the essentials of turbine aircraft in one book.

Whether you’re preparing for turbine ground school, priming for a corporate or airline interview—or upgrading into your own personal jet or turboprop—The Turbine Pilot’s Flight Manual is designed for you. With precision and a sense of humor, authors Greg Brown and Mark Holt cover all the basics for turbine pilot operations, clearly explaining the differences between turbine aircraft and their piston engine counterparts.

This manual clarifies the complex topics of turbine aircraft, including engines and all major systems, and subjects pertinent to flying bigger, faster, and more advanced aircraft. It includes discussions on high-speed aerodynamics, wake turbulence, coordinating multi-pilot crews, and navigating in high-altitude weather. You’ll be introduced to state-of-the-art cockpit instrumentation including flight management systems (FMS), global navigation (GPS), and head-up guidance systems (HGS or HUD). You’ll also learn the operating principles of hazard avoidance systems including weather radar, ground proximity warning systems (GPWS) and predictive wind shear systems (PWS).

The Third Edition of The Turbine Pilot’s Flight Manual details the concepts and operational principles of the latest-generation cockpit instrumentation, navigation (RNAV/RNP), and communication procedures and equipment (datalink and ADS-B) that are only just now becoming operationally available. Also, learn about the latest engine performance management techniques (such as reduced vs. derated thrust). Included are an updated glossary of airline and corporate aviation terminology, handy turbine pilot rules-of-thumb, and a comprehensive turbine aircraft “Spotter’s Guide.” The authors clarify these complex topics with a wealth of illustrations, and additional information is available online where readers can access narrated color animations that make these systems easier than ever to understand.

This easy-to-read book covers all major turboprop and jet systems, along with such topics as crew coordination (CRM), high-altitude weather, high speed aerodynamics, and preparing for ground and flight training. Also included are explanations of turbine aircraft terminology and procedures, including V-speeds, checklists and the like. The straightforward “how-things-work” approach is ideal for anyone who has ever wondered about how turbine aircraft work, including pilots and aviation enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels.

Just a few of the many topics covered are jet and turboprop engines, flight controls, cockpit instrumentation, aircraft electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems, APUs (auxiliary power units), pressurization and environmental systems, and fuel, fire protection, and deice/anti-ice systems.

For the first time, The Turbine Pilot’s Flight Manual 3rd Edition is available in ebook formats as well as print. The Aircraft Systems CD/ROM content found in previous editions is now accessible via Internet download, and is useful both for individual users and as a classroom tool. Click HERE to view the publisher’s descriptive Turbine Pilot’s Flight Manual 3rd Edition press release.

Published by ASA (Aviation Supplies and Academics, Inc.)

Price: $34.95 to $49.95 depending on format. Order now from the publisher.

Reviewer Comments from previous editions:

[This text] should not only improve the hiring opportunity for pilots, but also add hours of sleep to nights between ground school classes… Where was this manual when I needed it? Dan Russell, captain for a commercial airline

An extraordinarily well-written book with a vast amount of information to enhance the knowledge of any turbine pilot. Bill J. Niederer, B-737 pilot

The most comprehensive and complete information available to any aspiring commercial pilot. A basic knowledge of systems and terminology is invaluable not only for initial training, but also for your presentation during the interview process. A must read! Captain Dick Ionata, senior captain for a major airline

13 thoughts on ““Turbine Pilot’s Flight Manual”

  1. Hi Greg,
    purchased your book with cd rom. I have Windows XP Home and most of the media playing programs. The cd rom fails to play though. Is there a specific program or version of a program required to use the cd?
    Tnx for any advice.
    Henri le Roux
    Johannesburg, South Africa

    1. Hi Henri,
      This is the first I have heard of such a problem with the current edition of the book and CD, so it makes me wonder if you might have an outdated edition. Does your book and CD show the publisher as ASA (Aviation Supplies & Academics), as Iowa State University Press, or as Blackwell? Please advise. Sincerely, Greg

  2. I have upgraded my Mac computer to OS 10.7 (“Lion”), which no longer supports applications written for PowerPC machines (which stopped being sold ~ 10 years ago). Is there a workaround so I can use the CD-ROM?

    1. Thank you for posting about this issue, as I was unaware of it. I have confirmed with my publisher ASA that the current TPFM systems CD does not run on Lion, and that there is unfortunately no workaround at this time. I understand they are considering eventually moving the animations to a secure web page accessible to book purchasers, and will post such info on my blog if and when that happens. BTW, I have not upgraded to Lion yet myself because so many important-to-me existing applications won’t run on it. How ironic that my own CD-ROM should prove to be one of them. As a decades-long “Mac head,” I’ll admit to feeling more than a little betrayed to find many important apps and past files denied to me. In any case, thanks for writing, and for understanding.

  3. Hi, thanks for the super-fast response. The latest Mac OS no longer supports programs written in the pre-Intel days. They had to do that sometime…. I can try running it under Windows 7 using Boot Camp.
    thanks again.

  4. On page 87 of the Turbine Pilot’s Flight Manual I believe there is a typo. It states, “..the negative pressure relief valves will vent the cabin so as to prevent cabin altitude from being lower than actual altitude.”

    Isn’t the cabin altitude normally lower than the actual altitude? For example a plane at 25,000 feet with a cabin altitude 4,000 feet has a cabin altitude lower than actual. Should the text read, “…to prevent cabin pressure from being lower than outside pressure”? Or “… to prevent cabin altitude from being higher than actual altitude”?

    1. Good catch, Craig! And your timing is perfect since we’re working on corrections. Can you believe that since the book came out in the 1990s, you’re the first person to catch it? Thanks!

Leave a Reply