I received two copies of Jim Fallows’ Free Flight from Amazon on Thursday night, (the other copy was a gift for the guy that tought me how to stop bouncing the plane on landings) and just finished reading it. Between that, I flew a business trip Friday and a pleasure trip Saturday. Pretty good aviation immersion, isn’t it.
First of all, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Very easy reading, and interesting every step of the way. I think that Jim captures much of what inspires the enthusiasm among the GA pilot community. As such, I’d especially recommend it to those who can’t quite understand why we love flying as we do. However, the real treat in reading the book is for the current or potential Cirrus owner, who has followed the company, met the people, and been part of the early experience (me, for example!). For this population, it’s an extrordinary reading pleasure. This is not to say that the rest of the population won’t enjoy the book - on the contrary.
I’ve found that being a pilot and new Cirrus ower has been one of the great experiences of my life. The book adds to the fun.
I’d highly recommend it to anyone. It’s absolute must reading for the members of Clyde’s community.