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The Killing Zone, 2nd Edition

How and Why Pilots Die
Narrated by: David Marantz
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Technology
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This survival guide for new pilots identifies the pitfalls waiting inside the killing zone, the period from 50 to 350 flight hours when they leave their instructors behind and fly as pilot in command for the first time. Although they're privately certified, many of these unseasoned aviators are unaware of the potential accidents that lie ahead while trying to build decision-making skills on their own - many times falling victim to inexperience.  

Based on the first in-depth scientific study of pilot behavior and general aviation flying accidents in over 20 years, The Killing Zone, 2nd Edition offers practical advice to help identify the time frame in which you are most likely to die. Aviation specialist Paul Craig offers rare insights into the special risks new pilots face and includes updated preventive strategies for flying through the killing zone...alive:  

  • New to the 2nd Edition: Dealing with Glass Cockpits; GPS Moving Maps; Collision Avoidance Systems  
  • Alerts you to the 12 mistakes likely to kill you  
  • Provides guidelines for avoiding, evading, diverting, correcting, and managing dangers  
  • Includes a "Pilot Personality Self-Assessment Exercise" for an individualized survival strategy 

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  • Wade
  • 13-08-2019

Dry

this book is full of great information for new and student Pilots. Unfortunately it's delivered in a very dry manner. the author starts out by saying that the structure of the book is conversational but it ends up being very textbook. The majority of the book is the narrator reading NASA or NTSB reports. which while informative don't really hold a reader's attention.

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  • DV
  • 02-08-2019

Terrible audio

Terrible audio compression/gating. Annoying experience as you miss several lwtters/words. Constant level change.

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  • Drew
  • 28-07-2019

ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED for all pilots - Saved my life

This book saved my life. And it will save your life too one day. The book talks about 14 error categories that pilots make, how to recognize them before the happen, and how to avoid them. By listening to this book, you learn from others mistakes so that you don't make them. You may have heard the quote, "Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect." — Captain A. G. Lamplugh, British Aviation Insurance Group, London. 1930's. This epitomizes this book.

Think of when you were learning to drive or texting while driving. You may have run off the road a time to two, but usually you are ok and nothing happens, you learn from your mistake, and don't do it again. Over the next few years these lessons add up and by the time your 30 years old, you a much better driver than you were at 16 years old. Flying is not like that. Mistakes in the flight deck can be unrecoverable and fatal. This book helps you predict the types of errors that are common to all unexperienced pilots so that you don't make these mistakes.

If I were a CFI, this would be REQUIRED reading before passing the student. This book is invaluable. I had made one of the mistakes during a touch and go this book talks about (steep bank on climb-out at low airspeed) and my instructor in the right seat said, "Hey man, watch your air speed." but I really didn't 'GET IT' until I read this book. MANY MANY MANY pilots die from that maneuver. It explains why pilots make the mistake and how to avoid it.

I just completed it yesterday, and I have already started to re-listen to it. Seriously, buy it now. I 100% guarantee that It will pay for it self 1 million times over because I know FOR A FACT that it will help you prevent one of the errors it addresses. This book is worth more than its weight in GOLD. I wish I could thank Paul Craig personally.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-2019

Great Book

The author discusses several general aviation accidents. It is a great resource to better understand the factors involved in an aircraft accident, and analyze the effort into making general aviation as safe as possible.

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  • Martin Miller
  • 03-05-2020

Narrator horrible

The content of this book may be relevant but the narration makes it unlistenable. Such a monotonous tone, no inflection. Even Siri reads better. What a shame.

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  • Colyn Case
  • 02-03-2020

The Boring Zone

This book has an interesting observation about the relationship between experience and accidents.
Beyond that it's just a long re-hash of stuff you ought to know to not die, which a good instructor would have got to previously in your experience.

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  • amy hayes
  • 13-06-2020

A must for low hour pilots!!

Very educational and a great reminder of how vulnerable we really are while enjoying the wonders of flight