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Air Law - A Comprehensive Sourcebook for Southern African pilots (Paperback): Philippe-Joseph Salazar Air Law - A Comprehensive Sourcebook for Southern African pilots (Paperback)
Philippe-Joseph Salazar
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Air Law: A comprehensive sourcebook for Southern African pilots is the first book on air law published by a leading academic and is intended to serve the Southern African pilots' community. Written in a straight-forward style, Air Law is fully referenced and clearly presented. The book provides student pilots and their instructors with the in-depth knowledge that pilots need to pass their examinations and obtain their licences. Air Law offers private pilots a source of legal reference that will enable them to remain competent and compliant aviators and guides them through complex regulations. Air Law will also help commercial pilots to secure the core knowledge of air law that they need to progress to advanced procedures. The book contains a section intended for drone pilots. Air Law tells a story: that of flying safely. The book offers readers who are passionate about aviation a deep insight into the art of safe flying. You will follow a VFR pilot on a cross-country flight, and see how the rules, regulations, and demands of air law are there to produce better pilots, and to make flying a unique and long-lasting human experience.

The Wright Brothers - The Dramatic Story Behind The Legend (Paperback, Export): David McCullough The Wright Brothers - The Dramatic Story Behind The Legend (Paperback, Export)
David McCullough 1
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On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot. Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did? David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly human story of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, who encouraged their studying. As individuals they had differing skill sets and passions but as a team they excelled in any given task . That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no patron to open doors to their desires, never stopped them in their goal to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed, or, at the very least, maimed. In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers' story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.

Vargic's Curious Cosmic Compendium - Space, the Universe and Everything Within It (Hardcover): Martin Vargic Vargic's Curious Cosmic Compendium - Space, the Universe and Everything Within It (Hardcover)
Martin Vargic 1
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Take a trip to outer space with this weird and wonderful book, sure to fascinate both young and old alike. Vargic's beautifully innovative designs will help to explain all of the weird and wonderful aspects of the cosmos; from the history of the universe to what makes up our solar system and even how human life fits into the wider picture. Be taken on a journey through space with chapters on: - Exploring the Cosmos - The Night Sky - Maps of the Inner Solar System - Timeline of the Universe - Cosmologies throughout History - Journey Into Outer Space - Scale of the Universe It's a book which celebrates the scale and spectacle of the universe on every page, and one which you'll treasure forever. '5***** In more than one hundred pages filled with facts and illustrations he takes the reader on a journey through the history of the cosmos' BBC Sky at Night 'Packs in so much of our astronomical knowledge, so many tidbits about the history of astronomy and space exploration that I felt wonderfully enriched by it all. It is visually striking and beautifully illustrated' Dr. Alfredo Carpineti, writer for @IFLScience

Through Adversity - The Story of Life in the RFC and RAF Through Three Operational Pilots (Hardcover): Alastair Goodrum Through Adversity - The Story of Life in the RFC and RAF Through Three Operational Pilots (Hardcover)
Alastair Goodrum 1
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How did the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) 'cavalry of the air' transform into the strategic RAF of the Cold War? The flying lives of these three pilots combine across the years to illustrate how it happened. Trained on Bristol Boxkites in 1912, Major Leonard Dawes helped shape the RFC in its infancy. Posted to France with BE2s, he saw action at the birth of battlefield reconnaissance and air fighting, then activated many new squadrons during the First World War. Joining the RAF in 1923, Group Captain Dickie Barwell became a fighter pilot and respected leader of men. As a Hurricane squadron commander, he routed the first major Luftwaffe air attack of the Second World War and flew with Bader's Wing in the Battle of Britain. While commanding RAF Biggin Hill, he flew combat operations over France before his death in a friendly-fire incident in 1942. Squadron Leader Brian Fern learned to fly at Ponca City, Oklahoma, in 1942, then trained hundreds of RAF bomber pilots during the Second World War. Post-war tours on Canberra bombers and spy flights in Chipmunks were followed by selection to the elite Valiant bomber force, where he became a leading exponent of in-flight refuelling, which finally gave the RAF its global reach. Combining these three stories into a narrative that explores the rise of the RAF through an era of dazzling technological breakthroughs and ever-changing operational requirements, Alastair Goodrum tells the story of a journey through adversity to the stars.

Aviation Maintenance Management (Hardcover): Harry A. Kinnison, Kinnison Aviation Maintenance Management (Hardcover)
Harry A. Kinnison, Kinnison
R1,484 R1,367 Discovery Miles 13 670 Save R117 (8%) 17 working days
Sully [Movie TIe-in] UK - My Search for What Really Matters (Paperback, Movie tie-in): Chesley B Sullenberger, Jeffrey Zaslow Sully [Movie TIe-in] UK - My Search for What Really Matters (Paperback, Movie tie-in)
Chesley B Sullenberger, Jeffrey Zaslow 1
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Now a major motion picture from Clint Eastwood, starring Tom Hanks-the inspirational autobiography by one of the most captivating American heroes of our time, Capt. `Sully' Sullenberger-the pilot who miraculously landed a crippled US Airways Flight 1549 in New York's Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew.On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed a remarkable emergency landing when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways Flight 1549 onto the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew. His cool actions not only averted tragedy but made him a hero and an inspiration worldwide. His story is now a major motion picture from director / producer Clint Eastwood and stars Tom Hanks, Laura Linney and Aaron Eckhart.Sully's story is one of dedication, hope, and preparedness, revealing the important lessons he learned through his life, in his military service, and in his work as an airline pilot. It reminds us all that, even in these days of conflict, tragedy and uncertainty, there are values still worth fighting for-that life's challenges can be met if we're ready for them.

Magnesium Technology 2020 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): J. Brian Jordon, Victoria Miller, Vineet V. Joshi, Neale R. Neelameggham Magnesium Technology 2020 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
J. Brian Jordon, Victoria Miller, Vineet V. Joshi, Neale R. Neelameggham
R5,546 Discovery Miles 55 460 17 working days

The Magnesium Technology Symposium, the event on which this collection is based, is one of the largest yearly gatherings of magnesium specialists in the world. Papers represent all aspects of the field, ranging from primary production to applications to recycling. Moreover, papers explore everything from basic research findings to industrialization. Magnesium Technology 2020 covers a broad spectrum of current topics, including alloys and their properties; cast products and processing; wrought products and processing; forming, joining, and machining; corrosion and surface finishing; and structural applications. In addition, there is coverage of new and emerging applications.

Nimrod Boys - True Tales from the Operators of the RAF's Cold War Trailblazer (Hardcover): Tony Blackman Nimrod Boys - True Tales from the Operators of the RAF's Cold War Trailblazer (Hardcover)
Tony Blackman; As told to Joe Kennedy 1
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Nimrod Boys is a complementary book to Nimrod Rise and Fall from acclaimed author Tony Blackman. It is a collection of over twenty first-hand accounts of operating the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod - an aircraft which served at the forefront of the Cold War. As the first jet-powered maritime aircraft, it could reach critical points for rescues or for operational requirements in rapid time. Its outstanding navigation and electronics systems also allowed the Nimrod to be a first-class machine in anti-submarine warfare. The book focuses on the Nimrod's UK-based and worldwide operations. With detailed accounts of the Nimrod's role during the Falklands Campaign and in later conflicts such as the First Gulf War to modern-day anti-drug smuggling operations in the Caribbean. There are also descriptions of the Nimrod's achievements in the International Fincastle Competition - where RAF squadrons competed against counterparts from Australia, Canada and New Zealand. With a variety of perspectives on Nimrod crew life, including from a female air electronic operator, readers will find dramatic, engaging and occasionally humorous stories. One flight test observer also reflects on the cancelled Nimrod MR4 project. Nimrod Boys written by Tony Blackman with Joe Kennedy and with a foreword by AVM Andrew Roberts is more than worthy addition to the celebrated Boys series.

China in Space - The Great Leap Forward (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2019): Brian Harvey China in Space - The Great Leap Forward (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2019)
Brian Harvey
R646 R609 Discovery Miles 6 090 Save R37 (6%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

In 2019, China astonished the world by landing a spacecraft and rover on the far side of the Moon, something never achieved by any country before. China had already become the world's leading spacefaring nation by rockets launched, sending more into orbit than any other. China is now a great space superpower alongside the United States and Russia, sending men and women into orbit, building a space laboratory (Tiangong) and sending probes to the Moon and asteroids. Roadmap 2050 promises that China will set up bases on the Moon and Mars and lead the world in science and technology by mid-century. China's space programme is one of the least well-known, but this book will bring the reader up to date with its mysteries, achievements and exciting plans. China has built a fleet of new, powerful Long March rockets, four launch bases, tracking stations at home and abroad, with gleaming new design and production facilities. China is poised to build a large, permanent space station, bring back lunar rocks, assemble constellations of communications satellites and send spaceships to Mars, the moons of Jupiter and beyond. A self-sustaining lunar base, Yuegong, has already been simulated. In space, China is the country to watch.

An Introduction to the Theory of Aeroelasticity (Paperback): Y. C. Fung An Introduction to the Theory of Aeroelasticity (Paperback)
Y. C. Fung
R575 R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Save R124 (22%) 17 working days

Geared toward advanced undergraduates and graduate students, this outstanding text surveys aeroelastic problems, their historical background, basic physical concepts, and the principles of analysis. It has also proven highly useful to designers and engineers concerned with flutter, structural dynamics, flight loads, and related subjects.

Rocketeers - How a Visionary Band of Business Leaders, Engineers, and Pilots Is Boldly Privatizing Space (Paperback): Michael... Rocketeers - How a Visionary Band of Business Leaders, Engineers, and Pilots Is Boldly Privatizing Space (Paperback)
Michael P. Belfiore
R304 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R21 (7%) 17 working days

On June 21, 2004, "SpaceShipOne," built by aircraft designer Burt Rutan, entered space and ushered in the commercial space age. Investment capital began to pour into the new commercial spaceflight industry. Richard Branson's "VirginGalactic" will begin ferrying space tourists out of the atmosphere in 2010. Las Vegas hotelier Robert Bigelow is developing the world's first commercial space station (i.e., space hotel). These space entrepreneurs, including Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, now see space as the next big thing.

In "Rocketeers," Michael Belfiore goes behind the scenes of this nascent industry, capturing its wild-west, anything-goes flavor. Likening his research to "hanging out in the Wright brothers' barn," Belfiore offers an inspiring and entertaining look at the people who are not afraid to make their bold dreams a reality.

Restricted Radio Licence For Fixed-Wing Airfraft Pilots - Study Aid (Paperback): Dylan Kemlo Restricted Radio Licence For Fixed-Wing Airfraft Pilots - Study Aid (Paperback)
Dylan Kemlo
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This study aid has been written to assist both students and qualified pilots. It covers all aspects relating to the vhp radio on an aircraft and provides all the information, both theoretical and practical, for a restricted aeronautical radio licence.

A student pilot has to pass this as part of the overall documentation required to secure the issuing of a private pilot's licence. The caa (Civil Aviation Authorities) have recommended Study Aid: Restricted Radio Licence for Fixed-wing Aircraft Pilots to icasa (Independent Communication Association of Southern Africa) who are responsible for the issuing of licences. This study aid is the first in a series of four books that aim to cover all matters relating to further radio licencing.

Key features include:

  • Phonetic / Morse Code
  • Pronunciation of numerals
  • Practical communications
  • Divisions of airspace
  • Altimeter setting procedures
  • Semi-circular rule
  • Filing of a flight plan
  • R/T practical exercises
  • Mayday signal
  • Pan Signal
  • Visual signals for the control of aerodrome traffic with radio failure
  • Radio failure procedures
Voices of Courage - The Dam Busters (Paperback): W.B. Bartlett Voices of Courage - The Dam Busters (Paperback)
W.B. Bartlett
R275 R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Save R49 (18%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

It was not long before midnight on 17 May 1943 when the inhabitants of Gunne, the German village close to the Moehne Dam, heard the air-raid warnings. It was widely regarded as a precautionary measure, but ninety minutes later, an immense tidal wave was roaring down the valley towards them. Guy Gibson, who led 'X' Squadron of 19 specially adapted Lancasters equipped with Barnes Wallis's 'bouncing bomb', knew that the odds were stacked against him and his men. But they would not let him down. Some, like Squadron Leader Young whose bomb breached the dam, would return home as heroes. Others, like Pilot Officer Byers and his crew, would not, shot down just after crossing the North Sea while they were still miles away from their targets. A small number of those involved would survive crashed aircraft and live out the war in POW camps. The Dam Busters raids have gone down as perhaps the most famous air strikes in history. Yet behind the story of courage and determination there lies another, darker side, both for the aircrews - 40% of whom died in the mission - and for those who lived below the dams in the path of the flood, many of whom were not even German. This compelling account tells the story of those dramatic events through the eyes of those who were there. Whether or not the reality matches the legend, one thing that emerges is the incredible bravery of those who flew the most dangerous mission they had ever undertaken and the trauma experienced by those unlucky enough to be its target.

Flying the Mountains (Paperback, Ed): Fletcher Fairchild Anderson Flying the Mountains (Paperback, Ed)
Fletcher Fairchild Anderson
R705 R546 Discovery Miles 5 460 Save R159 (23%) 17 working days

Packed with dozens of lifesaving illustrations!


Piloting aircraft above mountainous regions demands more than a thirst for adventure. It also requires a keen understanding of the unique challenges involved in mountain flying — for the safety and pleasure of everyone involved.

That’s why if you’re a pilot, a flight instructor, or are learning to fly, Flying the Mountains is the one-stop, practical resource you need to stay safe while soaring at extreme altitudes. Written with insight by a noted high-elevation flight instructor and pilot, Flying the Mountains:

* Outlines the nature of mountain flying

* Relays mountain flight accident statistics and causes

* Details effects of altitude on aircraft and pilots

* Examines in-flight ailments related to mountain flying

* Reviews take-off conditions from mountain airports

* And much, much more!

Logically organized by phases of flight — from preflight preparation to landings — Flying the Mountains delivers a potent combination of statistics, techniques, and examples of actions (correct and incorrect) used in actual flight scenarios.

Aviation Internet Directory: A Guide to the 500 Best Web Sites (Paperback, 4th ed): John Allen Merry Aviation Internet Directory: A Guide to the 500 Best Web Sites (Paperback, 4th ed)
John Allen Merry
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The critics raved about the authors previous edition:

A real time saver. Catalogs the best aviation Web sites . . . giving clever descriptions and evaluation.

Flying magazine

An excellent sampling of cyber information resources for pilots.

Plane & Pilot magazine

John Merry narrowed the field down to the best of the best to save you search time when browsing for aviation topics. (Yes, AOPAs site [www.aopa.org] made the cut).

AOPA Pilot

Fly Straight to Aviations Best Web Sites!

Pilot John Merry, author of the highly acclaimed 200 Best Aviation Web Sites and 300 Best Aviation Web Sites is back with Aviation Internet Directory: A Guide to 500 Best Aviation Web Sites! And hes done his homework.

Johns thousands of hours researching aviation Web sites-- so you dont have to--takes you straight to the best. This directory steers you through the jungle of online aviation information to the quality sites that everyone in aviation will find useful and fascinating.

You dont have to be a master Web-surfer to use this book: simple, clear instructions for online beginners are provided. Youll find exact addresses for the most useful and interesting aviation sites, helpful descriptions and quality ratings plus e-mail contacts. The listings are organized in nine helpful categories, including:

* Aviation Organizations
* Weather Sites
* Pilot Resources
* Sales and Employment
* Magazines and News
* Weather Sites

Find those hidden gems, not easily found in search listings. Skip ultra-slow sites or those with unexpected fees and membership requirements. Know before you log on whether a site is worth your time. Unlock the wealth of great online aviation information with the Aviation Internet Directory and fly direct to the most desirable destinations in cyberspace.

Advanced Computational Fluid and Aerodynamics (Paperback): Paul G. Tucker Advanced Computational Fluid and Aerodynamics (Paperback)
Paul G. Tucker
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The advent of supercomputers has brought computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to the forefront as a tool to analyze increasingly complex simulation scenarios in many fields. Computational aerodynamics problems are also increasingly moving towards being coupled, multi-physics and multi-scale with complex, moving geometries. The latter presents severe geometry handling and meshing challenges. Simulations also frequently use formal design optimization processes. This book explains the evolution of CFD and provides a comprehensive overview of the plethora of tools and methods available for solving complex scenarios while exploring the future directions and possible outcomes. Using numerous examples, illustrations and computational methods the author discusses turbulence modeling, pre and post processing, coupled solutions, the importance of design optimization, multiphysics problems, reduced order models, and large scale computations and the future of CFD. Advanced Computational Fluid and Aerodynamics is suitable for audiences engaged in computational fluid dynamics including advanced undergraduates, researchers and industrial practitioners.

Propellerhead (Paperback, New Ed): Antony Woodward Propellerhead (Paperback, New Ed)
Antony Woodward
R220 R162 Discovery Miles 1 620 Save R58 (26%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

Join the real Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines as they compete in the Round Britain race. .Woodward's warm, wry account of learning to fly will lift hearts everywhere. BBC2 documentary based on the book - 30 January 2012. Antony Woodward wasn't interested in flying, he was interested in his image. So in his world of socialising and serial womanising, a microlight plane sounded like the ideal sex aid. So why - once he discovers that he has no ability as a pilot, it costs a fortune and its maddening unreliability loses him the one girl he really wants - does he get more and more hooked? As he monitors the changes to the others in the syndicate; as he learns that there is a literal down-side to cheating in flying exams, shunning responsibility and pretending to know stuff you don't, the question keeps on surfacing. Why? As the misadventures mount - accidents, tussles with Tornadoes, arrest by the RAF - he keeps thinking he's worked it out. But it isn't until The Crash, in which he nearly kills himself and Dan (taking a short-cut in the Round Britain race) that the penny finally drops.... Flying is the antidote to modern life he didn't even know he needed. It's the supreme way to feel real.

Amelia Earhart - The Sound of Wings (Paperback, Digital original): Mary S. Lovell Amelia Earhart - The Sound of Wings (Paperback, Digital original)
Mary S. Lovell
R345 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R50 (14%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

When she disappeared in 1937 over a shark-infested sea, Amelia Earhart had lived up to her wish - internationally famous, a daring and pioneering aviator, and ambassador extraordinary for the United States. Married to a man with a genius for publicity, her life was crowded, demanding and adventurous. Mary S. Lovell's superb biography examines a legend to reveal the pressures and influences that drove Amelia, and shows how her life, career and manner of death foreshadowed the tragedies and excesses of a media-dominated age.

Engineering Analysis of Flight Vehicles (Paperback, New edition): Holt Ashley Engineering Analysis of Flight Vehicles (Paperback, New edition)
Holt Ashley
R449 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R89 (20%) 17 working days

Excellent graduate-level text explores virtually every important subject in the fields of subsonic, transonic, supersonic and hypersonic aerodynamics and dynamics, and demonstrates how they interface with and complement one another in atmospheric flight vehicle design. Broad selection of helpful problems at the end of each chapter. Bibliography. "A fine book..."-Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal. 1974 edition.

Thermodynamics - Concepts and Applications (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): Stephen R Turns, Laura L. Pauley Thermodynamics - Concepts and Applications (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Stephen R Turns, Laura L. Pauley
R1,696 Discovery Miles 16 960 17 working days

Fully revised to match the more traditional sequence of course materials, this full-color second edition presents the basic principles and methods of thermodynamics using a clear and engaging style and a wealth of end-of-chapter problems. It includes five new chapters on topics such as mixtures, psychrometry, chemical equilibrium, and combustion, and discussion of the Second Law of Thermodynamics has been expanded and divided into two chapters, allowing instructors to introduce the topic using either the cycle analysis in Chapter 6 or the definition of entropy in Chapter 7. Online ancillaries including a password-protected solutions manual, figures in electronic format, prepared PowerPoint lecture slides, and instructional videos are available.

A Patriot's Calling - My Life as an F-16 Fighter Pilot (Paperback): Lt Colonel Dan Rooney A Patriot's Calling - My Life as an F-16 Fighter Pilot (Paperback)
Lt Colonel Dan Rooney
R317 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R61 (19%) 17 working days

A decorated fighter pilot and PGA professional tells the story of his life and service-to both his nation and others-in this remarkable memoir that is a stirring record of faith, patriotism, family, philanthropy, and golf. What does it mean to be a patriot? For Oklahoma native Dan Rooney, it is someone who not only puts his life on the line for country, but who opens his heart and mind and seeks to build a life that embodies the purest and most concentrated essence of himself. For many, Rooney is the model of a patriot: as an Air Force pilot who deployed to Iraq, serving three tours of duty; as a professional golfer who established a nonprofit foundation awarding thousands of scholarships to the children of fallen and disabled veterans; as the father of five daughters; as a man of faith, whose copilot, both in the skies and on the ground, has always been God. A Patriot's Calling is his autobiographical journey through some of the most character-defining moments of his awe-inducing life and career. "On my third tour of duty in Iraq as F -16 fighter pilot, I felt a powerful calling from God to share the miraculous fusion of people and experiences uniquely placed along my journey. During my reflection, I began to understand how the forces of synchronicity had shaped my life. Synchronicity, or, as I like to call it, 'chance with a purpose,' is all around us. These encounters with God's messengers are the sign-posts along the road of life guiding us toward our essence." A Patriot's Calling illuminates Rooney's true essence-and offers guidance and inspiration for us all. A Patriot's Calling includes 40 photos and 3 maps.

Rocket Boys (Paperback): Homer Hickam Rocket Boys (Paperback)
Homer Hickam
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Previously published in paperback as October Sky. Three years in the life of Homer `Sonny' Hickam, from the moment he sees the Sputnik satellite overhead in West Virginia to his successful launch of a prizewinning rocket. In 1957, Coalwood, West Virginia, was a town the post-war boom never quite reached, and dominated by the black steel towers of the mine. For fourteen-year-old Homer `Sonny' Hickam there are only two routes in life: a college football scholarship, or a life underground. But from the moment the town turns out to watch the world's first space satellite, Sputnik, as it passes overhead, Sonny and his friends embark on a mission of their own - to form the Big Creek Missile Agency, and build a rocket. Looking back after a distinguished career as a NASA engineer, Homer Hickam tells the warm, vivid story of youth and ambition that inspired the 1999 film October Sky. It is the tale of a group of teenage boys who dared to imagine a life beyond the confines of the coal pit, and went on to design, build and launch the rockets that would change their lives, and their town, forever.

Air Pilot's Manual: Air Law & Meteorology, Volume 2 (Paperback, 13th New edition): Dorothy Saul-Pooley Air Pilot's Manual: Air Law & Meteorology, Volume 2 (Paperback, 13th New edition)
Dorothy Saul-Pooley
R565 R453 Discovery Miles 4 530 Save R112 (20%) In stock
Helicopter Flight Dynamics - Including a Treatment of Tiltrotor Aircraft (Hardcover, 3rd Edition): Gareth D. Padfield Helicopter Flight Dynamics - Including a Treatment of Tiltrotor Aircraft (Hardcover, 3rd Edition)
Gareth D. Padfield
R2,354 R2,116 Discovery Miles 21 160 Save R238 (10%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

The Book The behaviour of helicopters and tiltrotor aircraft is so complex that understanding the physical mechanisms at work in trim, stability and response, and thus the prediction of Flying Qualities, requires a framework of analytical and numerical modelling and simulation. Good Flying Qualities are vital for ensuring that mission performance is achievable with safety and, in the first and second editions of Helicopter Flight Dynamics, a comprehensive treatment of design criteria was presented, relating to both normal and degraded Flying Qualities. Fully embracing the consequences of Degraded Flying Qualities during the design phase will contribute positively to safety. In this third edition, two new Chapters are included. Chapter 9 takes the reader on a journey from the origins of the story of Flying Qualities, tracing key contributions to the developing maturity and to the current position. Chapter 10 provides a comprehensive treatment of the Flight Dynamics of tiltrotor aircraft; informed by research activities and the limited data on operational aircraft. Many of the unique behavioural characteristics of tiltrotors are revealed for the first time in this book. The accurate prediction and assessment of Flying Qualities draws on the modelling and simulation discipline on the one hand and testing practice on the other. Checking predictions in flight requires clearly defined mission tasks, derived from realistic performance requirements. High fidelity simulations also form the basis for the design of stability and control augmentation systems, essential for conferring Level 1 Flying Qualities. The integrated description of flight dynamic modelling, simulation and flying qualities of rotorcraft forms the subject of this book, which will be of interest to engineers practising and honing their skills in research laboratories, academia and manufacturing industries, test pilots and flight test engineers, and as a reference for graduate and postgraduate students in aerospace engineering.

Amelia - An Illustrated Centennial Biography (Paperback, New edition): Donald M. Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon Amelia - An Illustrated Centennial Biography (Paperback, New edition)
Donald M. Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon
R340 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R60 (18%) 17 working days

First published 1997 this volume contains new insights into the mystery of Amelia's disappearance over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to fly around the world. It is also an intimate biography of the young woman who rejected society's traditional female role and overcame the stigma such independence brought her.

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