Fabulous Affairs with Aircraft and Federal Aviation Airheads

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9780970087447: Fabulous Affairs with Aircraft and Federal Aviation Airheads
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This book is a collection of many experiences by the author when he was a design engineer, pilot, and an aerospace engineer in association with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The book, chapter by chapter, hosts a series of his encounters - occasionally risky - of times investigating aircraft accidents and witnessing certification tests. Often the encounters were with fellow FAAers who were great men in the FAA and others who believed they were God's gift to aviation - Little Tin Gods of FAA. In addition, there are tales of development of unusual aircraft, outstanding men in the aviation industry, and stories involving flight test pilots. In addition, the author included some events with his own designed airplane, "Ophelia Bumps" and when he flew a midget racer, "The Rare Bird."

The demand for aircraft airworthiness, aviators, and aircraft operation safety standards, dates back to the days of the barnstormers. Those stunt pilots and daredevils painted a colorful chapter in aviation history, but left a trail of carnage across the country. Accidents and crashes drove the aviation public to demand government controls. This is where Fabulous Affairs with Aircraft begins - a brief history of events leading up to the present FAA and to when he became involved in aviation.

The book should be of considerable interest to all who fly, have flown, aspire to fly, or become aerospace engineers. Still, the book is an exciting narrative for anyone who likes adventure and for those concerned with federal bureaucratic practices.


Meet the designer of the Atom Bomb structure.

Fly in a midget racer 50 feet above the ground at 150 mph - Inverted!

Witness the disintegration of the Boeing 737-200 wing during testing.

Participate in the L-1011 emergency evacuation test and other FAA certification tests.

Learn what it is like to work inside the FAA as an aerospace engineer.

Read stories of FAA engineers and inspectors who saw themselves as "God's gift to aviation"- referred to as "FAA Little Tin Gods."

Enjoy reading stories of interesting aircraft development projects, expert FAA and industrial engineers, inspectors, and flight test pilots.

A story of international intrigue is told about the helicopter modification program conducted in Santiago, Chile. The program became known as the "Chile Copter Project."

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About the Author:

The author, Gene Turner, has been a pilot and aeronautical engineer for over 50 years. He worked for and with the FAA for 38 years, is a current Authorized Flight Instructor, and FAA A&P Mechanic. He has designed and built 14 experimental airplanes and maintains his own experimental Turner Model T-77A Airplane and an antique Alon Model A-2 Aircoupe. With this extensive background, he is well qualified to write stories about the ins and outs of the FAA and the aviation industry. He writes about battles between the FAA and industry, and their common goal - safety in aviation.


Building the Turner T-40, Sport Aviation Magazine, July 1965. The new look on the "All Flying Tails," Sports Aviation Magazine, August 1969; co-author John Thorp.


Excellent book which I read from cover to cover. Having been on the fringes of many of the activities... -- Frank L. Jensen, Jr., President Emeritus Helicopter Association

Excellent book, which I read cover to cover. Having been on the fringes of many of the activities, and knowing the author, I found the book thoroughly enjoyable. -- Frank L. Jensen, Jr., President, Helicopter Association International (retired)

I see that the book is written in a plain and simple language but very interesting in style and explanation of the history of FAA. The author's experience in structures, piloting, and early history of helicopters and planes is very commendable. -- Mrs. Vimla Sharma. Librarian (retired)

It was so interesting I read the whole book before putting it down. -- Lem Ezell Lockheed Aircraft Tool Design Engineer (retired)

It was very interesting but not overloaded with details and technical jargon. It was difficult to put down. -- Commander Lyle E. Littlewood, US Navy Test Pilot and Aero Engineer (retired)

The book is indeed rewarding. Each page finished causes me to turn to the next -- Dr. Keith Harper, Joshua, Texas

What a great job! Very well written. -- Bill Zea, Vice President Maintenance, retired Petroleum Helicopters, Inc.

What a great job, very well written. -- Bill Zea, Vice President Maintenance, Petroleum Helicopter, Inc. (retired)

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Eugene L. Turner
Published by Cavu Pub Co (2000)
ISBN 10: 0970087446 ISBN 13: 9780970087447
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