Eddie Sez:

You might be wondering who James Albright is. Well, it's me. If you want to see where I first picked up the "Eddie Haskel" name, I write about that here: Not Every Battle is Worth Fighting.

I'm nearing retirement and will eventually take Code7700.com down, but I would hate to see all these notes go to waste. So my plan is to get all the good stuff out there in electronic and paper books. So far four are written and three are on sale right now at Amazon.com and other fine retailers. What follows is a list of the books as they are now or planned, and a list of the specific pages used in the website.

As always, please let me know what you think by clicking the "Contact Eddie" link below.


Flight Lessons 1: Basic Flight

Each chapter traces Eddie's progression from Air Force ROTC cadet to Air Force pilot training, and then on to the KC-135A tanker. Even as an engineering student at Purdue, engineering classes became flight lessons.

This book is available now, the publisher says "anywhere fine books are sold," but there is the matter of public interest. (This is a book for pilots, no doubt about it.) The book is available on Amazon.com right now, eBook and print.

  1. Mechanics.
    Basic Aerodynamics / Mechanics

  2. Physics.
    Basic Aerodynamics / Mechanics,
    Basic Aerodynamics / Lift

  3. Fluid Dynamics.
    Basic Aerodynamics / Properties of the Atmosphere

  4. Attitude Determines Altitude.
    Procedures & Techniques / Control Performance Technique

  5. UPT and ICE-T.
    Navigation / CR-3 & CPU-26 Primer

  6. Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow.
    Turbine Engines

  7. Simulate.
    Navigation / CR-3 & CPU-26 Primer

  8. Aviate.
    Basic Aerodynamics / Mechanics,
    Basic Aerodynamics / Lift

  9. Recover!
    Abnormal Procedures / Unusual Attitudes/Recovery,
    Basic Aerodynamics / Spins

  10. Charlie Brown.
    Flight Lessons / Course Intercepts

  11. Getting Cross.
    Flight Lessons / Crosswinds

  12. Everybody has an Angle.
    Basic Aerodynamics / Angle of Attack

  13. In a Fix.
    Instrument Procedures / Fix-to-Fix

  14. Cooking With Gas.
    Basic Aerodynamics / Drag,
    Basic Aerodynamics / Thrust

  15. Go Around Burners!
    Basic Aerodynamics / Low Speed Flight

  16. Too Hot!
    Basic Aerodynamics / Low Speed Flight

  17. Hold.
    Instrument Procedures / Holding

  18. Critical.
    Basic Aerodynamics / High Speed Flight

  19. Decision.
    Technical / V1

  20. SERE.
    Navigation / Coordinates,
    Navigation / Direction,
    Navigation / Latitude and Longitude

  21. Unstable Aircraft.
    Basic Aerodynamics / Stability and Control

  22. Unstable Pilots.
    Technical / VX Best Angle of Climb Speed,
    Technical / VY Best Rate of Climb Speed

  23. Lost.
    Navigation/ Plotting 101,
    Navigation / Course Initial vs. Midpoint,
    International Operations / Post Position Plot

  24. Found.
    Basic Aerodynamics / Turn Performance

  25. Limitations.
    Technical / EPR

  26. Hands Full.
    Abnormal Procedures & Techniques / Windshear

  27. The Leper Crew.
    Technical / Water Injection

  28. A Practiced Calm.
    Radar - How it Works,
    Radar - Attenuation,
    Radar - Beam Width,
    Radar - Calibration,
    Radar - Energy,
    Radar - Gain,
    Radar - Techniques,
    Radar - Tilt

  29. Magic.
    Instrument Procedures / ILS

  30. The Big Sky Theory.
    Procedures & Techniques / Big Sky Theory

Flight Lessons 2: Advanced Flight

Each chapter traces Eddie's progression from a Boeing 707 copilot, to aircraft commander (captain), to instructor pilot, to flight examiner, and then all over again in the Boeing 747.

The book is on sale right now at Amazon.com (Flight Lessons 2: Advanced Flight) in eBook ($9.99) and printed ($14.99) versions. Both are in full color.

  1. Secrets.
    Basic Aerodynamics / Thrust

  2. Grasshopper.
    Basic Aerodynamics / Operating Flight Strength (V-g / V-n Diagrams)

  3. Technique.
    Flight Lessons / Top of Descent

  4. Lieutenant Tutti Frutti.
    Abnormal Procedures & Techniques / Cabin Fires

  5. Lefty.
    Procedures & Techniques / The Left Seat, the First Time

  6. Fly Safe.
    Pilot Psychology / 101

  7. Pressure.
    Abnormal Procedures & Techniques / Rapid Depressurization

  8. Anticipate.
    Normal Procedures & Techniques / Visual Approach
    Normal Procedures & Techniques / Instructor Limitations

  9. An Instructor's Notebook.
    Instrument Procedures / Course Reversals

  10. The Point of No Return.
    International Operations / Equal Time Points,
    International Operations / Point of Safe Return

  11. Number Crunch.
    Technical / 60 to 1 (Engineer to Pilot Translation),
    Flight Lessons / 60 to 1

  12. Asymmetric.
    Basic Aerodynamics / Asymmetrical Thrust

  13. An Examiner's Notebook.
    Instrument Procedures / Arcs

  14. SA.
    Procedures & Techniques / Situational Awareness

  15. A New Ball Game.
    Procedures & Techniques / Crew Resource Management

  16. Aim Point.
    Technical / Aim Point vs. Touchdown Point

  17. A Different Approach.
    Instrument Procedures / Approach Categories,
    Instrument Procedures / Circling Approach Area,
    Instrument Procedures / (US) Circling Minimums (are too low!),

  18. Eruption.
    Abnormal Procedures & Techniques / Volcanic Ash

  19. Going the Distance.
    Basic Aerodynamics / Range Performance

  20. Dysfunctional.
    Procedures & Techniques / Functional Check Flights

International Flight Operations

We take a break from Eddie and get into a serious manual. I wrote the international operations manual for several corporate aviation management companies and always wanted to publish one with much more than they would allow. This is it. It is just over 600 pages with a hard cover and lots and lots of reference material. You will learn the basics, such as how to plot a position. You will learn some pretty advanced art too, like the ins and outs of ADS-B Out, ADS-C, CPDLC, and so on. There are things you may have never heard of but can use if the chips are down, like the true course 10-degree tables. If there is source material to back it up, it is quoted directly just so you have it.

The book is on sale right now at Amazon.com for $75.00 in hardcover only. Publishing an e-Book was out of the question due to the sheer mass of the thing. (606 pages in total with 250 illustrations.) I tried to keep the margins very thin on this so as to get it out to as many pilots as possible. If the demand is high enough, I'll look for another publisher to trim the price even more.

Each chapter is patterned to some degree by a page on www.code7700.com:

  1. Negotiate
    1. Aircraft Regulatory Compliance.
      IOM Policies

    2. Primary Source Materials (ICAO).
      IOM Policies

    3. Primary Source Materials (U.S.).
      IOM Policies

  2. Aviate
    1. Coordinates.
      Navigation / Coordinates

    2. Direction.
      Navigation / Direction
      Navigation / Latitude & Longitude

    3. Initial versus Midpoint Course
      Navigation / Initial Course vs. Midpoint

    4. Class I and Class II Airspace
      Airspace / Class I vs. Class II Airspace

    5. Plotting
      Navigation / Plotting

    6. Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM)
      Airspace / RVSM

    7. Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
      Navigation / GPS/GNSS
  3. Navigate
    1. Area Navigation (RNAV)
      Airspace / RNAV vs RNP,
      Airspace / RNAV-1 and RNAV-2

    2. Required Navigation Performance (RNP)
      Airspace / RNAV vs RNP

    3. Future Air Navigation System (FANS)
      Airspace / FANS

    4. Performance Based Navigation (PBN)
      Airspace / PBN

    5. Class A through G Airspace
      Airspace / Classification

    6. Basic Area Navigation (B-BRNAV)
      Airspace / B-RNAV

    7. Minimum Navigation Performance Specification (MNPS)
      Airspace / MNPS

    8. Precision Area Navigation (P-RNAV)
      Airspace / P-RNAV

    9. Required Navigation Performance-4 (RNP-4)
      Airspace / RNP-4

    10. Required Navigation Performance-10 (RNP-10)
      Airspace / RNP-10
  4. Communicate
    1. Required Communications Performance (RCP)
      Communication / RCP

    2. High Frequency (HF) Radio
      Communications / HF

    3. Voice Position Reports
      International Operations / Voice Position Reports

    4. Satellite Communications (SATCOM) / Satellite Voice (SATVOICE)
      Communications / SATCOM / SATVOICE

    5. Controller Pilot Data link Communications (CPDLC)
      Communications / CPDLC

    6. CPDLC Checklist
      Communications / CPDLC Checklist

    7. Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT)
      Communications / ELT
  5. Surveillance
    1. Required Surveillance Performance (RSP)
      Surveillance / RSP

    2. Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B)
      Surveillance / ADS-B

    3. Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Contract (ADS-C)
      Surveillance / ADS-C

    4. Transponder Modes and Codes
      Surveillance / Transponder
  6. Abnormals
    1. Inflight Contingencies in Oceanic Airspace
      Abnormal Procedures / Oceanic Contingencies

    2. Lost Communications
      Abnormal Procedures / Lost Communications

    3. Loss of Long Range Navigation
      Abnormal Procedures / Loss of Long Range Navigation

    4. Loss of RVSM Capability in Oceanic Airspace
      Abnormal Procedures / Loss of RVSM Capability in Oceanic Airspace

    5. Volcanic Ash
      Abnormal Procedures / Volcanic Ash

    6. Weather Deviation in Oceanic Airspace
      Abnormal Procedures / Weather Deviation
  7. Tutorial
    1. Trip Preparation
      International Operations Tutorial / Trip Preparation

    2. Oceanic Departure
      International Operations Tutorial / Oceanic Departure

    3. Oceanic En Route
      International Operations Tutorial / Oceanic En Route

    4. Oceanic Arrival
      International Operations Tutorial / Oceanic Arrival
  8. Appendices
    1. Agriculture Import
      International Operations / Agriculture Import

    2. Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Codes
      International Operations / ARFF

    3. Altimeter Settings
      Altimetry / Altimeter Settings

    4. Altimetry (Metric)
      Altimetry / Metric

    5. Altimetry (Temperature Correction)
      Altimetry / Temperature Correction

    6. Altimetry (Transition Altitude, Layer, Level)
      International Operations/ Transition Altitude / Layer / Level

    7. Approach Ban
      International Operations / Approach Ban

    8. Approach Categories
      Instrument Procedures / Approach Categories

    9. ARINC 424 Shorthand
      International Operations / ARINC-424

    10. Cabotage
      International Operations / Cabotage

    11. Call Signs
      International Operations / Call Signs

    12. CANPASS
      International Operations / CANPASS

    13. Conditional Clearances
      International Operations / Conditional Clearances

    14. Continuous Descent Final Approach (CDFA)
      Instrument Procedures / CDFA

    15. Course Reversals
      Instrument Procedures / Course Reversals

    16. Customs
      International Operations / Customs

    17. Electronic Advanced Passenger Information System (eAPIS)
      International Operations / eAPIS

    18. Equal Time Point (ETPs)
      International Operations / ETPs

    19. Extended Operations (ETOPS)
      International Operations / ETOPs

    20. Flight Operations Checklist
      International Operations / Flight Operations Checklist

    21. Flight Plans
      Procedures & Techniques / Flight Plans

    22. Fueling
      Procedures & Techniques / Fueling

    23. High Latitude Operations
      International Operations / High Latitude Operations

    24. Insurance
      International Operations / Insurance

    25. Journey Logbook
      International Operations / Journey Logbook

    26. Mach Number Technique
      International Operations / Mach Number Technique

    27. Navigation Accuracy Check
      International Operations / Navigation Accuracy Check

    28. Navigation Worksheet
      International Operations / Navigation Worksheet

    29. Oceanic Checklist
      International Operations / Oceanic Checklist

    30. Point of Safe Return (PSR)
      International Operations / PSR

    31. Post Position Plot
      International Operations / Post Position Plot

    32. Reroute
      International Operations / Reroute

    33. Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft
      International Operations / SAFA

    34. Slots (EU)
      International Operations / Slots

    35. Strategic Lateral Offset Procedure (SLOP)
      International Operations / SLOP

    36. Traffic Information Broadcast by Aircraft (TIBA)
      International Operations / TIBA

    37. True Course 10 Degree Tables
      International Operations / Ten Degree Tables

    38. Visa Waiver Program
      International Operations / Visa Waiver Program

    39. Waypoint Notation
      International Operations / Waypoint Notation

    40. World Geodetic System 84 (WGS-84)
      International Operations / WGS-84

Flight Lessons 3: Experience

After a year at an Air Force leadership school Eddie returns to the cockpit at the 89th Military Airlift Wing to fly brand new Gulfstream IIIs. Eddie fully embraces a new philosophy of flight, based on knowing everything you can and maintaining a very high level of proficiency. Along the way he discovers the dangers of thinking you know it all by falling for it, hook, line, and sinker. But he soon discovers this way of thinking doesn't agree with his ideas of humility and the need to always learn. In the end he becomes a better pilot (stick and rudder and instrument flying) and a better aviator (judgement). Each chapter relates a series of flight experiences and is followed by a lesson that either reinforces the experiences or provides a counter-point to those experiences.

The book is available now.

  1. Sam Fox
    Procedures & Techniques / Checklist Philosophy

  2. Superman
    Normal Procedures & Techniques / Instructor Limitations

  3. Iniki
    Technical / Limitations Discipline

  4. TLAR
    Procedures & Techniques / Stabilized Approaches

  5. 12-Pack
    Pilot Psychology / Humility

  6. Ivan
    Intercept Avoidance / Missile Evasion

  7. Minimums
    Pilot Psychology / The Normalization of Deviance

  8. Deviant
    Pilot Psychology / Procedural Intentional Non-Compliance

  9. Welcome Back, Eddie!
    Basic Aerodynamics / Developing Rules of Fuel

  10. Expertise
    Pilot Psychology / Saying "No"

  11. Sam Foxed
    Abnormal Procedures / Declaring an Emergency

  12. Exit Strategy
    Much Ado (The Rules) / You Don't Know What You Don't Know

Flight Lessons 4: Command

Through the previous three "Eddie" stories we've seen a mixture of command styles, mostly bad but some good. The difference between command and leadership, in a nutshell, is that command is leadership with the power of the military behind each order. A leader has to make his or her people want to obey; they always have the option of quitting. A commander can order subordinates to go off and die. This volume takes place in Germany where Eddie is a squadron commander with various levels of leadership below him and several layers of command above. By virtue of the personalities involved, each provide a case study of command and leadership. The flight lessons are all about leadership, suitable for leading anything from a small flight department to an airline. (Or at least I think that is true based on my experiences.)

This volume also covers the CT-43 crash in Dubrovnik, which happened just after I left the squadron. The official Air Force mishap investigation got it wrong and I know where the evidence lies. But I need to get a copy of the mishap report and because of that, this volume may take a year to write. (I am going through the Freedom of Information Act process right now. I've done this before, but this particular report is rather long so it will take a while.) So I am thinking the summer of 2017.


Flight Lessons 5: People

Since retiring from the Air Force and before retiring as a civilian, Eddie has had six civilian jobs. He flew for a multinational computer company, a large U.S. medical device company, a private owner, an international charter operator, a management company, and a software company. Throughout it all he learned to deal with all sorts of people and learned how to make that work in the cockpit. You might say the entire flight lesson is about human psychology and CRM. This will probably be a 2018 effort. (That also happens to be Eddie's current projected retirement date.)