It is the mental game and preparation that separate the good pilots from the high-performance pilots. Professional athletes have relied on sports psychology and coaching for years to help improve performance. Pilots too can benefit from mental strategies, but until now there has been scant aviation-specific content on how to prepare to fly.
In Performance Pilot, noted performance coach, Ross Bentley, and professional aviator, Phil Wilkes, reveal aviation-specific procedures, techniques, and strategies to help you methodically, deliberately, and more effectively prepare for, conduct, and evaluate your flying and consistently perform at the highest level. For pilots just starting out, Performance Pilot can help you create a foundation to build upon and use throughout your flying career. The lessons and techniques are equally relevant to pilots at any experience level, whether recreational or professional, civil or military. In short, this book will make you a better pilot.
PERFORMANCE PILOT - TESTIMONIALS"Throughout my twenty-six years of flying aeroplanes I have often heard pilots make reference to chair flying or visualisation as an aid for preparation. Until now I have never read any material that details these techniques or procedures in the context specific to aviation."In Performance Pilot, Phil and Ross have written a very comprehensive, yet easily-read book that provides excellent information on how to prepare for, conduct, and evaluate the effectiveness of these techniques to an expert level.
"This book is relevant to any recreational, professional or military pilot looking to enhance their own performance and skills. As a current instructor of RAAF F18 fighter pilots, this is certainly a book I will recommend to all my students." - Squadron Leader M A Saunders, RAAF Fighter Combat Instructor
"As a 20 year US Air Force pilot, I have had the opportunity to fly large four-engine transport aircraft on all seven continents, from combat in Afghanistan to remote ice runways in Antarctica. Every flight demands the highest level of performance from the crew to ensure safe operations. As a military flight instructor, I have flown with pilots of all experience levels; from those with just 300 hours to others with over 10,000 hours. It is amazing to see the difference between pilots that prepare and those that don't. This book has techniques for all experience levels designed to help any pilot develop their skills and performance. For those just starting out, the techniques in this book can help create a foundation they can build upon and use throughout their flying career. In short, the strategies in this book can help build better pilots." - Lt Col Brent Keenan, USAF, C-17A Instructor Pilot and Squadron Commander
"There are plenty of books that describe the technical aspects of flying aeroplanes, but the human performance psychology has largely been ignored. Airlines are now investigating how human factors contribute to accidents and are spending huge amounts of time and money attempting to eliminate human-centred accidents, but there is very little information for pilots on how to improve on high performance skills needed for high stress and high workload types of piloting."This book addresses that gap and gives pilots an understanding of the best and most efficient techniques on improving their aircraft handling in a way that will garner real results without needing to turn a propeller."I only wish I had this book years ago." - Anthony Crichton-Browne, Airbus A320 Captain, competition aerobatic pilot and aviation podcaster
"Using hindsight, I see that during my training as a military pilot, I actually utilized some of the strategies described in this book. However, my personal implementation was haphazard and lacked the methodical and deliberate implementation required to apply them in an effective manner. This book describes the structure needed to effectively apply these learning techniques as well as introducing many new and complementary ones I had not considered. I am sure that my aviation training and subsequent career would have benefitted greatly had this text been available at the time." - Jaimie Tilbrook, Former RAAF C130 Hercules Captain