Robert W. Littlefield High Tech Flying

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High Tech Flying

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Glass cockpits, NextGen, iPads, drones -- these and other advances of the Digital Age are revolutionizing aviation. This book examines how these advances are impacting aviation and gives pilots the tools and knowledge they need to fly safely and efficiently in this new environment. "High Tech Flying" explains these technologies in plain English and from the pilot`s perspective, and explains how they work together to create a new way of flying in the Digital Age. The first two chapters examine technologies which have really "taken off" in the last seven years - NextGen, personal devices such as tablet computers and smartphones, drones, and cybersecurity. Pilots need to understand these advances and how they are changing the way we fly in the National Airspace System. Next "High Tech Flying" examines "The Glass Cockpit Revolution" - how it happened, what it means for pilots and how to use glass cockpit technology to fly safely and efficiently. It includes chapters on "Mastering the Glass Cockpit" and "Flight Planning In the Digital Age." It is vital that flight instructors understand these advances, not only because they fly in this environment but because it is their job to communicate this knowledge to the pilot community. That is why High Tech Flying includes a chapter on "Flight Training in the Digital Age." Because checklists are a vital part of flying safely and effectively in the Digital Age "High Tech Flying" dedicates a separate chapter to their creation and use. "High Tech Flying" concludes with a chapter on "The Future," which tries to predict where the on-going digital revolution will take aviation. To be clear, "High Tech Flying" is not a tutorial on specific pieces of aviation equipment. For one thing, in the Digital Age, details about the features, capabilities and operation of particular pieces of equipment change too rapidly for any book to stay current. Pilots should always look for the details of how to operate their particular make and model of aircraft or avionics box in the latest updated documentation provided by the manufacturer of that equipment. This has always been true and is even more so today, since the operational details of glass cockpit airplanes differ greatly among models and change so rapidly.

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Robert W. (Bob) Littlefield caught the aviation bug during his tour of duty with the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1969-70. He started as a helicopter repairman and became a flying crew chief and door gunner on UH-1 “Hueys.” After returning home he earned his Private Pilot license in 1973 while attending Arizona State University. In short order he added his Commercial Pilot license, and Certified Flight Instructor rating, Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor certificates and Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic licenses. Bob completed his engineering degree in 1974 and instructed part-time during his 25-year career in the computer industry. After selling his computer company at the end of 1999 Bob earned his designation as a Gold Seal Flight Instructor. Bob is also a Master WINGS holder and a former Designated Pilot Examiner. Being a lover of technology, Bob was an early convert to glass cockpit airplanes, qualifying as a Cirrus Standardized Instructor in 2004. He became a Columbia Factory Flight Instructor on their Avidyne-equipped models in 2005 and qualified on their Garmin 1000 equipped models in 2006. In 2009 he became a Cessna FITS Accepted Instructor Plus (CFAI+) and added the Cirrus Perspective designation to his Cirrus Standardized Instructor designation. As of this writing he has given over 5600 hours of flight instruction, including over 3800 hours of flight instruction in Technically Advanced Airplanes. In May 2002 Bob was elected to the office of City Councilman in Scottsdale, Arizona, which is home to both a busy general aviation airport and an active anti-airport movement. Right after Bob was elected he was thrown into a fight to protect Scottsdale Airport from a small but vocal group of residents who wanted to restrict or even close the airport. The lesson he learned is pilots and aircraft owners, like it or not, have no choice but to be involved in local politics if they want to continue flying. In order to help protect all of Arizona's airports, Bob got involved. In addition to being the chairman of Scottsdale's Council Subcommittee on Regional Aviation Issues, he was also Scottsdale's representative to the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Aviation System Plan Policy Committee and a member of the Arizona Governor's Advisory Council on Aviation. Robert was also asked by the City of Phoenix, Arizona to serve on its Deer Valley Airport Text Amendment Study Group.

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