Special Links

Links PARTICULARLY RELEVANT to the present book:


Because it does so well online what we try to do in print, we suggest mentourpilot.com by a Swedish training captain flying the Boeing 737 for a major airline. Mentour has been able to go from strength to strength and get technical support to not only to produce even better videos but also create a host of sites and apps. They are called Mentour and in a captivating way enlighten wannabe pilots and anyone interested in aviation.    


While Juan Browne’s site does not have any of the bells and whistles of Mentour Pilot, his channel on YouTube covers topics and incidents in a way that makes you sense the quandaries faced by pilots in routine and difficult situations such as having to return overweight to a congested major airport or follow highways in foggy conditions in a helicopter with a famous sports personality on board.

YouTube can be a great source of information once you have a key word with interesting points often mentioned offhand. One can search for Mentour Pilot and Blancolirio videos on YouTube and ‘subscribe’ to their channels to see their latest creations and comments on say any crash.


One site with great reports and profound interpretation of major happenings in aviation is LeehamNews  https://leehamnews.com aimed perhaps more towards professionals. A major collaborator, Bjorn Fehrm, has a great section there entitled Bjorn’s Corner. He was one of the first people to explain what the problems with the Boeing 737 MAX were all about.

Of course, we must also mention magazines such as Aviation Week https://aviationweek.com
and Flight Global https://flightglobal.com

There is also AIM, the FAA’s Aeronautical Information Manual, the Official Guide to Basic Flight Information and ATC Procedures.

Also, by the FAA, Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge as a very detailed PDF.  These can be found by going to:

Finally, there is SKYbrary. https://skybrary.aero, a European site with safety-related information and a dictionary explaining in detail almost everything.


For the very latest (and a historical) view of ‘Incidents and News in aviation’ there is avherald.com. It flags up incidents immediately they happen. These can range from Crash (C) [denoting an accident that is potentially catastrophic (has the potential to kill everybody on board the aircraft)], through Accident (A) [denoting an incident, that has caused injuries or death to humans or caused significant damage, right down to the most banal happening.