I get a fair amount of e-mail and every now and then someone asks for permission to print parts of the website — no problem — and sometimes they want to know if they can find some of this stuff in printed form. I am trying to get all the good stuff into print, my grand plan here: Book Notes.
The third in the series is Experience: How Eddie Learned to Understand the Lessons of Experience. This book tells a story about Eddie's time at the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. The official motto of the 89th Airlift Wing is Experto Crede, "Trust one with experience." The unofficial motto, back then, was "Safety, Comfort, Reliability." They took both mottos very seriously. I don't think anyone in the world trains to a higher standard or works so hard at ensuring every mission departs with a very proficient crew. When pilots are this highly trained and proficient, it can do something to their egos. And that has a great deal to do with this story. Eddie learns there is more to Experto Crede than most pilots at the 89th really understood.
Like the previous two books, each chapter begins with a part of that story and concludes with the more technical aspects of the flight lesson itself. That means there are three possible audiences:
Here's a sneak peek of what a flight lesson looks like from the third book: Flight Lessons: Intercept Avoidance / Missile Evasion.
One last word about all this. I really appreciate the positive reviews for the previous books on various websites and at various book sellers. As an amateur writer this is very gratifying. One of the reasons this particular volume has been dificult is that I fully expect some hate mail as a result. Just like the first two mottos in the movie "Fight Club," the first two rules given to any member of the 89th is, "SAM Fox crewmembers don't talk about SAM Fox." I think an objective reading should impart the fact that most SAM Fox crewmembers are quite good, the best, in fact. But there was a time, in in the early 1990's, where some SAM Fox crewmembers had lost their way. Those guys will hate this book. But for everyone else, their misunderstanding of Experto Crede will provide invaluable flight lessons. And that, after all, is the bottom line.
The book is available now at Amazon.com in eBook ($9.99) and printed ($14.99) versions. Both are in full color. Click: here.
This book is set at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland and tracks Eddie's progress from a newly hired Gulfstream III (C-20) pilot, to aircraft commander, and to the wing's chief of safety. Of course he had already flown as a Boeing 707 examiner pilot and a Boeing 747 instructor pilot. But the 89th trains to a much higher standard and forces everyone to start over. Eddie started over and learned what Experto Crede really means. He ends his tour at Andrews as the 89th Airlift Wing Chief of Safety. After that, it was off to the Pentagon where he was in charge of the wing's aircraft operating, maintenance, and procurement budget. Every chapter and every lesson builds towards Eddie's realization about the true nature of Experto Crede. That realization, to this day, shapes how Eddie looks at the very nature of learning through experience. Good and bad.
Going Forward. Eddie ends up at the Pentagon where he controls the 89th's operating, maintenance, and acquisition budgets. After a year of trying, he succeeds in getting the wing an airplane to replace their 30-year-old Boeing 707s. Along the way he discovers the secret behind the true meaning of "Experto Crede" and is rewarded with his own squadron. Eddie Haskel, squadron commander?
I priced each book at the minimum level the publisher would allow. For an eBook that ends up being $9.99 and because the printed book is all color and 220 pages, that ended up being $14.99. So there is that, the print book will cost you another five dollars.
I suppose it is easier to search for things in the electronic version but the print version does have an index. You can carry the eBook wherever you carry your electronic device. (It is published for the Kindle but Kindle readers are available for your iPad, your PC, your MacBook, just about everything.) The print version isn't too hard to carry, though. It is published on 6" x 9" stock and is a half inch thick. I think it will look smart on any aviation library, especially as part of a five volume set.
So I can't answer this for you. Me? I plan on buying both.
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 becomes available on November 1st, 2016.