Meet the Author

Scott Todd wrote “The Pilot’s Handbook” during his years as a flight instructor. A former high-school English teacher, newspaper reporter, teacher of English as a foreign language, Peace Corps volunteer, and radio DJ, he is currently a captain and instructor for a large fractional operator. He lives with his wife and son in the Boston area, where he plays competitive ultimate Frisbee against people many years his junior.

He writes:

“I conceived of this book not long after I got my own instrument rating. I rented a plane for two weeks to take a long father-son trip, and being a fairly new pilot, I wanted a guide to take along. The Jeppesen Commercial/Instrument Manual, while a good text, was so large and heavy that I needed to redo the weight and balance calculations whenever I threw it in the back of the plane. So I started photocopying the specific pages I really needed. At some point I thought, ‘This is silly; there must be an actual book like this – an illustrated guide to procedures that’s small enough to put in a flight bag.’ I started looking, and discovered that actually, no, there was no such thing. When I became a flight instructor, I started writing that very book.”

Eight years later, here it is.