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.
“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.