Follow author LeRoy Cook on a tour of the retractable-gear airplanes
You've always wanted to learn more about. Flying the Light
Retractables is an informative journey through the development
history of each plane with plentiful insight into design considerations,
evolutionary changes, advantages and disadvantages of the different models,
and background on maintenance issues. Pilots or potential owners will really
get a sense of the subtle or not-so-subtle differences; this is like going
flying with the author and having the advantage of his eye for detail and
sense of observation.
Cook gives a unique perspective on ergonomics, control feel and other
features that work or don't work for the pilot and/or passengers'it becomes
obvious that he has spent many hours in different makes of aircraft. As a
potential buyer, you're most interested in performance and economic
trade-offs, and Cook excels in such details. His balanced discussion stacks
the technical detail (speeds, loads, etc.) against economic factors. you're
not swamped with numbers, but you come out with a good sense of what you
need and want to know about flying these light retractable-gear airplanes.
Beautiful photographs (some in color) accompany each airplane discussion,
covering these aircraft: Mooney M20C, M20J 201/MSE, Beech Bonanza 35, Beech
Sierra, Cessna Cardinal RG, Cessna Cutlass RG, Lake Buccaneer, Piper
Comanche 180, Piper Arrow, and Rockwell Commander 112TC.
Soft cover, 7-1/4"
x 9", 160 pages.