Satisfy the craving to decipher puzzles and quench your thirst for aviation knowledge in this fun, challenging and educational book!
Pilots are inherently drawn to puzzles; all types of problem-solving, and flying along playing the “what-if” game are characteristics in their nature. They share a fascination for anything and everything about airplanes and flying. The over 6,000 clues used in 101 Crosswords for Pilots will provide hours of enjoyment for pilots and aviation history enthusiasts, stimulating recall of stored knowledge as well as satisfying that innate yearning to learn more. Each puzzle’s clues have references to the aviation knowledge source they were derived from.
Crossword-puzzle creator Michael Shurtz became a private pilot in 1980 by bagging groceries to pay for flying lessons; later he earned commercial and flight instructor certificates with a multi-engine rating and has taught mountain flying techniques in the Rockies, towed gliders, flown volcano tours and powered parachutes in the Pacific Northwest. As a flight instructor, Michael has always looked for fun and interesting ways to engage his students. Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in geographic information systems and cartography.
Foreword by Greg Brown:
Piloting is by nature a game of trivia — half the fun is mastering the nuances of many unrelated topics and integrating them for decision-making. Weather, aircraft systems, navigation, regulations, communications, and the physics of flight— each has its own comprehensive lexicon to be learned and understood.
Whether absorbing this painstakingly acquired vocabulary through hard knocks or dull textbooks, pilots at every level from fledgling to airline captain soon learn pleasure in joyfully challenging others with the details. It’s a special game between aviators that few outsiders are privileged to understand.
In 101 Crosswords for Pilots, author Michael Shurtz has raised our pilot compulsion with trivia to the next level, by organizing it into a compelling collection of crossword puzzles that will challenge and entertain aviation enthusiasts of all descriptions.
Not only will readers have great fun conquering these challenging puzzles, but there can hardly be a more creative and enjoyable way to master aviation lingo in the process. Michael has done his audience an immense service by providing references for his crossword questions so interested readers can look up unknown terms in context and learn what they mean and where they originated.
Whether received as a gift or carried as a salve for long days waiting at the airport for tardy passengers and passing thunderstorms, 101 Crosswords for Pilots will deliver you many hours of entertainment and pleasure. Not only will you enjoy yourself, but along the way you’ll undoubtedly learn some useful facts —both for the cockpit and for one-upping your fellow practitioners of flight next time you go hangar flying. So sharpen your pencil, top off your coffee, and dig in!