by Gene Seibel
The book about which pilots are saying, "(Author's) ability to bring a person into the cockpit ... is unparalleled", "Your book has inspired me so", "captured every emotion I have ever felt while at the controls", and "the passion of a romance writer", while non-pilots are saying, "could not lay it down", and "Thank you, Gene, for taking me on those wonder flights".
What's it like to fly an airplane?
Each day across America, thousands of private pilots, climb into the sky on flights of adventure in their tiny aircraft. Confessions of a Pilot is the story of one such pilot and his 24 year love affair with flying. Explore 170 pages of memories, dreams and fears, spanning two decades of adventures in his beloved 1958 Piper Tri-Pacer.
Pilot and Author
Then fly with him across North American skies from Oshkosh to Acapulco, and from Phoenix to Philadelphia to enjoy a bird's eye view of this great land of ours. Whether you are a pilot who may have found yourself in his shoes, an aspiring pilot looking for insight, or someone who simply believes the spice of life is going beyond ordinary, everyday, earthbound activities, this is a book for you.
The Aviator and his Tri-Pacer
Questions? or Comments!
Confessions of a Pilot is a family friendly book,
free of bad language, sex, and violence.
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Suddenly, with no warning, the shaking began. I felt smaller and smaller as we were tossed about like a leaf. I kept busy controlling the aircraft. Knowing it might be smoother at a lower altitude, I reduced power and dropped the nose. Still we were not descending. An angry updraft had us in its clutches. I lowered the nose more and finally the altimeter began unwinding, but now airspeed was in the yellow arc! Soon I had the power pulled all the way back to idle and airspeed was returning to the neighborhood of maneuvering speed. What a ride. There were smooth periods and then the invisible forces would begin their work again. The turbulence was at times severe, but that was no worse than the moments of smoothness when anticipating the next jolt..... Read more
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Later in the day and closer to home, I see more bustling Kansas towns and hamlets. School has dismissed for the day and the conspicuous yellow buses are making their stop-and-go rounds. I see the village of Rushville, carefully hidden in a valley notched into the Missouri River bluffs. A coal train snakes along the bluffs, its ebony load bound to a power plant that will generate the electricity needed to keep so-called civilization entertained. Nearby, fields of grain take on a myriad of hues, from the browns to the red-browns to golden yellow and the yellow-greens. I am intrigued by their variety and intensity. The countryside is displaying a final explosion of fall color before decaying into the drabness of winter. Read more
"Was a gift for my son-in-law, who has his pilot's license and works for a major flight simulator corporation-he loves it!" -- Mary P. --
"I enjoyed 'listening' to Gene recount several near misses. But I also enjoyed 'Viewing' the sky with him as he flew from one place to another. Although he lists a few 'pilot' terms, he speaks in a layman's language....... I think I would consider this book similar to a chat over a cup of coffee, or by the fire at a campout. Gene's speech was that of one you could literally picture what he was saying." -- Laura, reviewer for 45 & Better --
"I decided to enroll in flight school over a year ago to overcome my fear of heights and currently hold a private pilot certificate. After reading your book (twice), I felt I needed to share with you how your words reached out and touched my every emotion which has had a positive effect on me personally and professionally. I'm going all the way...... continuing on to receive my instrument/ commercial certificate and then multiengine and airliner.... Your book has inspired me so and I look forward to reading more of your writings" -- Lisa Schafer, pilot --
"Loved the book. Your ability to bring a person into the cockpit through diction is unparalleled." -- Patrick O'Brien, Apache attack helicopter pilot in Georgia --
"Because of the flying I have done, and your vivid descriptions, I was in the cockpit with you on your flights. Thanks for taking me along." -- Joy, a reader in California --
"With the passion of a romance writer describing an unforgettable lover, Gene Seibel introduces us to that place in the sky where eagles fly, where birds take wing and loudly sing. Just as a young man would describe to his mother the girl he plans to marry, this author leaves no doubt his adoration for aviation. Go with him as he confesses everything I have done as a professional pilot, got lost, got scared, got experience and got there and back. Write more books, please Gene Seibel." -- Clayton Davis, pilot from Maryland and author of the book, "So You Want to be a Pilot" --
"It is a pleasure to know and understand the thoughts and feelings of a pilot. You're not a mechanical robot at the switch of a mechanical aircraft." -- Bette, a reader in California --
"I have just finished reading your book Confessions of a Pilot and think it was absolutely great. I have never known another person who feels the same way as I do about the joy of flight. It seems as though you captured every emotion I have ever felt while at the controls of my small Cessna 150 ........ Once again I cannot put into words the impact your book had on me, thank you very much." -- Ray, pilot from Vandalia, Illinois --
"It is most interesting and I could not lay it down till I finished it." -- Liz, a reader in Montana --
"I thoroughly enjoyed the book, Confessions of a Pilot. The words were beautiful and poetic describing the scenery. As I went with him on his trips I could feel his quite unassuming faith. Thank you, Gene, for taking me on those wonder flights with you." -- Gertrude, reader in St. Joseph, Missouri --
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