Pilot Primer Launched At Oshkosh

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A new book launched at AirVenture aims to take some of the mystery -- and fear -- out of becoming a pilot while at the same time extolling its virtues. You Can Fly, by Master CFI Greg Brown and author and editor Laurel Lippert, is like an introductory guide to becoming a pilot, laced with plenty of biased enthusiasm on why it's such a good idea. "There wasn't anything like this out there," said Lippert, whose husband Tom provided the photographs for the book. Lippert said she speculates many prospective pilots reject the notion when they pick up the heavily technical flight school manuals to see what they're in for. You Can Fly intentionally leaves out all the details (it's not intended to be a manual of any sort) and guides readers through the various processes and requirements they'll have to address as student pilots. It also constantly reassures the reader that not only are their suspicions about flying true, but that ordinary people can, and do, become pilots. "What we want to say to them is: 'This is so much fun and you can do it,'" said Lippert. The book is being distributed by Aviation Supplies and Academics.