CFI! The Book

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  1. freightdog

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    I just released my second book, "CFI! The Book," a comical take on what its like to be a flight instructor. If you like aviation and you like to laugh, pick up a copy on Amazon.

    An underpaid, overworked Certified Flight Instructor cheats death while attempting to teach a cast of incompetent student pilots to fly at a skeezy South Florida flight school; all in the quest to build flight time so he can get a “real job” at an airline. The planes break, the regs break, metal gets bent, students are lost at sea, and a Top Gun wannabe student, who has four hundred hours of flight instruction, still hasn’t made his first solo flight. “CFI! The Book” is an over-the-top satirical aviation comedy that’s loosely based on real world experiences of flight instruction, but if the FAA asks, this is all strictly fictional.

    https://www.amazon.com/CFI-Book-Sat.../ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

    My first book, "Hauling Checks," is available as well.

    I'm a cargo pilot. In the industry, I'm known as a "Freight Dog." I fly canceled checks and other types of high-value cargo around the country, mostly at night, in airplanes that are older than I am. Flying freight-or "work" as we call it-in small, twin-engine aircraft is a lesser known side of the aviation world. Our day starts when banker's hours end. Thousands of flights move millions of pounds of work from city to city every night while the rest of the country is asleep. We're out there in the freezing rain getting de-iced when you're laying down for bed. We're sweeping the snow off our wings with a broom at three in the morning. That horrible thunderstorm you heard last night while you were sleeping, we were flying through it. The fog you woke up to in the early morning hours, we were landing in it.

    Hauling Checks is a comedy about the darker side of aviation. A cast of degenerate pilots, who work for a shady night time air cargo operation, take you on a flight through the unfriendly skies. The pilots abuse every Reg in the book in their quest to make deadlines for their high value cargo. As the company falls on hard times, management resorts to questionable measures to save the failing airline.

    https://www.amazon.com/Hauling-Checks-novel-Alex-Stone/dp/1449563333
     
  2. midlifeflyer

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    Do they still haul checks?
     
  3. freightdog

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    I think the last checks flew in 2015.
     
  4. Kritchlow

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    I flew checks around... 1989..??
    Back then every check runner was called Freight Dog.
     
  5. midlifeflyer

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    Running checks brings back a fond memory from my student pilot days.
     
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  6. Walboy

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    Why? Did you find a blank one? jk
     
  7. frfly172

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    Good luck with the book sales.
     
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    I will say that I really did enjoy Hauling Checks, so perhaps I will try this one as well.
     
  9. freightdog

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    Thanks!
     
  10. midlifeflyer

    midlifeflyer Final Approach

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    Some day I will learn to type. Nah.
     
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    I got most of my IMC time while flying checks for a bank, mostly in the Central Valley of California. I had to open the door to track the runway centerline stripe to the runway, due to zero vis in some thick fog in Bakersfield. The airplane was a brand new C-206 with only one seat in it, avionics from a jet and a flightphone. Nice!
     
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    Looks like a great book. I will get on for the kindle.
     
  13. Half Fast

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    Just finished reading it. You'll hear from my lawyer shortly regarding a defamation lawsuit. Don't think calling me "George" exonerates you.



    :D
     
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    I think it was known as "kiting checks" in those days.:D
     
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    No, "kiting checks" refers to a case I once handled.
     
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    I'm sure he either meant that or "running drugs."
     
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    That too.
     
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    Read it over the last couple of days. Good read. Thanks.
     
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    Reminded me of a sub-plot in a Carl Hiaasen novel. I kept expecting Skink to show up at any moment.
     
  20. freightdog

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    Haha. I’m sure you’re not as bad as George.
     
  21. freightdog

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    Thanks!
     
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    Ask my CFI. Or maybe you were my CFI.......
     
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    Is Marbella anywhere near Apopka?
     
  24. freightdog

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    It’s a little further south...