Kas Thomas' "Fly The Engine" Is Back... and Better Than
One of the best and most
concisely written books we ever read was none other than former TBO
Advisor Editor Kas Thomas' "Fly The Engine."
Easy to read, well-detailed, long on insight and short on BS;
FTE was a book that we thought EVERY piston pilot should keep no
farther away than arm's length... Until it went out of print quite
a few years back.
Still, I've got a well-worn copy on the shelf behind me, as I
write this... less than an arm's length away.
Now, it's back... and better than ever. The much revised 2008
edition has returned to the print world for the first time in over
a decade, and is "Fully revised and updated" with a whopping 278
pages and 20% new material.
Described as "The ultimate book on aircraft engine operation,"
'Fly the Engine' takes a pilot through all the critical phases of
engine operation -- showing you how to spot engine discrepancies on
preflight; how to start a hot, cold, or flooded engine; how to
troubleshoot a rough run-up; when (and when not) to lean the engine
for all phases of flight; how to recognize valve sticking; and much
Kas noted that, "It took a good while to update the original
manuscript. All in all, I'm surprised how well the material has
stood up over time. But I made quite a few changes, additions,
corrections, and deletions; and I added a good bit of new material
(resulting in an increase in the page count, to the tune of around
45 pages). This is a true page-by-page revision, not a quickie
once-over fluff job."
E-I-C NOTE: Kas promises that "every
chapter of 'Fly the Engine' brims with hands-on advice," and is
written with Kas' unique style and insight. Folks; no kidding...
Kas was one of the few Aero-Writers I've read who told it like it
was... even when it wasn't the easy thing to do. I'm glad to see
him back among the fold... and look forward to sitting down with
the updated version of "Fly The Engine." I respect the guy
immensely and can recommend him unreservedly. --Jim Campbell, ANN
"Fly The Engine" lists for $39.95 and may be ordered via the