Ron Wanttaja - airplane ownership

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  1. Mtns2Skies

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    I've bought Ron's book a few months ago and must say although it's a bit dated ~1995 it's an incredible resource for anyone just getting into aircraft purchasing. He goes into fantastic detail, not just about the buying process, but also ownership.

    Ron - If you wrote a second edition I'd buy it in a heartbeat!
     
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    I'll take a look.
     
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    There *is* a second edition. It came out about ten years ago, vs. 20.....

    Still a bit dated, but don't know if I can get McGraw Hill interested in a third edition.

    Glad you like Ye Olde one.

    BTW, do you know how to tell if you've got a First Printing of the First Edition? They misspelled "Ownership" on the spine.....

    Ron Wanttaja
     
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    Never mind....I already bought the plane. :)
     
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    Hah, nice! How many of those wound up in circulation?
     
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    Don't know. I'm told how many books have sold, but not how many they've printed or how often they do a print run.

    The misspelling was subtle: The spine of the book was in a skinny sans-serif font, and said "AIRPLANE OWNERSHIIP".

    Ron Wanttaja
     
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    I'll admit, I'm going to look for this at every used book store I wind up in now :)
     
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    LMAO I guess I have a first printing...
     
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    You do, at that. Congratulations, it might be worth $5 some day. :)

    Didn't notice it 'til I pointed it out, though, I bet. I didn't notice it either, until a sharp-eyed co-worker spotted it.
    But...but...the second edition has a Cirrus on the cover!

    *How* the Cirrus ended up on the cover is an interesting journey. The editing of the second edition was outsourced to India.

    Their English and grammar skills were faultless. Their knowledge of American idiom, aircraft, and for that matter, technical issues in general was non-existent.

    They changed "it will be like old home week" to "old home work." When I referred to keeping a tiedown kit in an old GI knapsack, they changed it to "Gastro-Intestinal" knapsack.

    At least more of the pure aircraft stuff they queried me about. But the first cover design was a guy in an airline captain's uniform, standing under the tail of a bizjet.

    The technical issue I remember the most was their unfamiliarity with US tool standards. Everywhere I used a slash in a fractional tool size (e.g., 9/16" wrench), they changed it to a dash... "9-16" wrench.

    Now, before y'all rush out and buy a copy to see, I managed to get everything corrected back. It was just an unusual degree of involvement being required in the editing phase.

    Ron Wanttaja
     
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    Can't fit much in those gastro-intestinal knapsacks!