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An Aviator's Field Guide to Middle-Altitude Flying (Softcover)

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An Aviator's Field Guide to Middle-Altitude Flying (Softcover)

by Jason Blair

Practical skills and tips for flying between 10,000 and 25,000 feet MSL.

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In An Aviator’s Field Guide to Middle-Altitude Flying, author Jason Blair shares his experience in a variety of piston, twin-engine aircraft commonly used to fly at altitudes between 10,000 and 25,000 feet MSL. This book covers the major phases of flight and the specific considerations for pilots who operate aircraft at these altitudes, including performance and fuel planning, emergencies, descent planning, navigation, weather, aircraft modifications, oxygen use, weight and balance, pilot qualifications, and insurance.

With insight not found in other training manuals or part of typical flight training operations, and gained through his many years instructing and giving checkrides, Blair’s book will help the pilot owner or operator evaluate the risks and challenges unique to middle-altitude flying, develop effective flight-planning practices, and take advantage of the increased efficiencies and opportunities offered through these higher operations.

Copyright © 2018-2024 Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc. All rights reserved.

ISBN 9781619545939

AuthorsJason Blair
Date Published2018
Page Count120
Dimensions5.25 x 8.25 inches
Weight0.30 lbs
Reader Resources

Find out more about Jason Blair and his books at AnAviatorsFieldGuide.com.

Resources from An Aviator's Field Guide to Middle-altitude Flying

This is the Reader Resource page for Jason Blair's An Aviator's Field Guide to Middle-Altitude Flying. You will find the Reader Resource references throughout the book. When you come across them, refer back to this page for the resource indicated.


If you are not already familiar with turbochargers and common failures, this article by Mike Bush that was published by AVweb is informative: Troubleshooting the Turbo-System

Emergency Descents

Chapter 17 of the FAA's Airplane Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-3) details a general discussion and recommendations for execution of an emergency descent.

Descent Distance and Time Traveled From Cruising Altitude to 3000 feet MSL Level Off

View a high-resolution version of this chart (which appears as Figure 5 in the book) on author Jason Blair's website.

Zero Fuel Weights

If you want to learn a little more about the definition of zero fuel weight, check out the article "What is Zero Fuel Weight?" by ForeFlight.

High Altitude Flying
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) online resource.

AOPA overview and resources on flying at higher altitudes.

FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 61-107, Aircraft Operations at Altitudes Above 25,000 Feet Mean Sea Level or Mach Numbers Greater Than .75

This advisory circular alerts pilots transitioning from aircraft with less performance capability to complex, high-performance aircraft that are capable of operating at high altitudes and high airspeeds.

"Flying High Unpressurized"
by John Levinson, published in Plane & Pilot magazine.

This article discusses hypoxia, including warning signs, how to avoid it, and steps to take if it occurs.

"High-Altitude Flying: What You Need to Know"
by Stephen Pope, published in Flying magazine.

This article covers some additional hypoxia considerations and includes a general discussion of flying at higher altitudes.

"When Humans Fly High: What Pilots Should Know About High-Altitude Physiology, Hypoxia, and Rapid Decompression"
by Linda Pendleton, published on AVweb

An in-depth exploration and explanation of the effects of altitude on human physiology and its implications for flight.

Oxygen Use in Aviation
Aircraft owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) online resource

AOPA provides a discussion of different types of oxygen systems, how they work, and their limitations. A good resource to review for operations of aircraft with varied oxygen delivery mechanisms for higher-altitude flying.

"Diving and Flying-More Information about What Pilots and Divers Need to Know about Flying After Diving"
by Jason Blair

An article by the author, which has been excerpted in both aviation and scuba diving publications, that discusses the effects of flight at higher altitudes on pilots and passengers after scuba diving. For operations at higher altitudes, pilots should be aware of additional precautions that are advised, which can be learned about in this article.

"Thunderstorm Flying In The Age Of Datalink Weather"
by John Zimmerman, published online in Air Facts journal

Great article by Sporty's staff member discussing onboard weather systems and how pilots can use them to strategically and tactically consider enroute weather data.

Radar Training International

Training provider for operators using onboard weather radar. Successor to the long-respected Archie Trammel, Erik Eliel continues this tradition offering high-level, detailed training for the pilot looking to really learn more.

Weather Radar Pilot Training DVD

Bendix King YouTube video detailing how to use onboard weather radar.