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Personal Development, Wealth & Productivity

So why would a Aviation & Automotive web site recommenced these types of books? Simple, the content covered in this web site takes Money & Time, reading & taking action on some of the in stuff in these books can get you both, so you can spend more time on Airplane Guff – SG.

Tony Robbins: Unshakeable

After interviewing fifty of the world’s greatest financial minds and penning the #1 New York Times bestseller Money: Master the Game, Tony Robbins returns with a step-by-step playbook, taking you on a journey to transform your financial life and accelerate your path to financial freedom. No matter your salary, your stage of life, or when you started, this book will provide the tools to help you achieve your financial goals more rapidly than you ever thought possible.

Robbins, who has coached more than fifty million people from 100 countries, is the world’s #1 life and business strategist. In this book, he teams up with Peter Mallouk, the only man in history to be ranked the #1 financial advisor in the US for three consecutive years by Barron’s. Together they reveal how to become unshakeable—someone who can not only maintain true peace of mind in a world of immense uncertainty, economic volatility, and unprecedented change, but who can profit from the fear that immobilizes so many.


Tim Ferris: Tools Of Titans

TIM FERRISS has been listed as one of Fast Company‘s “Most Innovative Business People,” one of Forbes‘s “Names You Need to Know,” and one of Fortune‘s “40 under 40.” He is an early-stage technology investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ others) and the author of four #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and his latest, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. The Observer and other media have called Tim “the Oprah of audio” due to the influence of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast, which has exceeded 100 million downloads and has been selected for “Best of iTunes” three years running.


Robert Kiyosaki: Rich Dad Poor Dad

In Rich Dad Poor Dad, the #1 Personal Finance book of all time, Robert Kiyosaki shares the story of his two dad: his real father, whom he calls his ‘poor dad,’ and the father of his best friend, the man who became his mentor and his ‘rich dad.’ One man was well educated and an employee all his life, the other’s education was “street smarts” over traditional classroom education and he took the path of entrepreneurship…a road that led him to become one of the wealthiest men in Hawaii. Robert’s poor dad struggled financially all his life, and these two dads—these very different points of view of money, investing, and employment—shaped Robert’s thinking about money.

Robert has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people, around the world, think about money and investing and he has become a global advocate for financial education and the path to financial freedom. Rich Dad Poor Dad (and the Rich Dad series it spawned) has sold over 36 million copies in English and translated editions around the world.

Rich Dad Poor Dad will…
• explode the myth that you need to earn a high income to become rich
• challenge the belief that your house is an asset
• show parents why they can’t rely on the school system to teach their kids
about money
• define, once and for all, an asset and a liability
• explain the difference between good debt and bad debt
• teach you to see the world of money from different perspectives
• discuss the shift in mindset that can put you on the road to financial freedom




Aviation / Homebuilt Aircraft

Now that your funded & have free time here are some excellent aviation books, some I’ve owned for more than 2 decades


Tony Bingelis: Firewall Forward

Straight from Tony Bingelis, this is a complete guide to engine selection, firewall preparation, engine mounts, exhaust systems, hoses and lines, cowlings, fuel systems, ignition and electrical systems, instrumentation, propellers and spinners, and much more. Highly recommended by Rutan Aircraft Factory. Illustrated.


Tony Bingelis: The Sport Plane Builder

Tony Bingelis gives an introduction to homebuilts along with information on construction practices, fiberglass techniques, canopies, windshields, instrumentation, fuel systems, control systems, landing gear components, electrical systems, covering and painting, and more. Illustrated.


Tony Bingelis: Sport Plane Construction Techniques

This book, written by the Tony Bingelis, includes sections on getting ready to build, construction practices, fiberglass components, control systems, aircraft interiors, canopies and windshields, landing gears, instrumentation, electrical systems, and finishing. Illustrated. 368 pages.


Tony Bingelis: On Engines

Presented in clear, easy to understand language and illustrated with photos and drawings, this is another of Tony Bingelis’ incomparable collection of articles from EAA Sport Aviation magazine that addresses powerplant issues facing today’s sport plane builder and pilot. Tony has written a treasury of practical engine information for aircraft builders, owners, restorers, and mechanics. What you need to know about engine selection, engine installation, firewall preparation, baffles, cooling, fuel systems, ignition and electrical, exhaust systems, propellers and spinners is thoroughly covered. You’ll have all the right answers at your finger tips


Ira H. Abbott & A.E. von Doenhoff: Theroy of Wing Sections

“Most useful in working with wing sections and methods for using section data to predict wing characteristics . . . much detailed geometric and aerodynamic data.” — Mechanical Engineering

The first edition of this work has been corrected and republished in answer to the continuing demand for a concise compilation of the subsonic aerodynamics characteristics of modern NASA wing sections together with a description of their geometry and associated theory. These wing sections, or their derivatives, continue to be the ones most commonly used for airplanes designed for both subsonic and supersonic speeds, and for helicopter rotor blades, propeller blades, and high performance fans.

Intended to be primarily a reference work for engineers and students, the book devotes over 300 pages to theoretical and experimental considerations. The theoretical treatment progresses from elementary considerations to methods used for the design of NACA low-drag airfoils. Methods and data are presented for using wingsection data to predict wing characteristics, and judiciously selected plots and cross-plots of experimental data are presented for readily useful correlation of certain simplifying assumptions made in the analyses. The chapters on theory of thin wings and airfoils are particularly valuable, as is the complete summary of the NACA’s experimental observations and system of constructing families of airfoils. Mathematics has been kept to a minimum, but it is assumed that the reader has a knowledge of differential and integral calculus, and elementary mechanics.

The appendix of over 350 pages contains these tables: Basic Thickness Forms, Mean Lines, Airfoil Ordinates, and Aerodynamic Characteristics of Wing Sections.


Michael Niu: Composite Airframe Structures

Prof. Michael C. Y. Niu is the president of AD Airframe Consulting Company and is a metallic and composite airframe consultant. He has acquired over 35 years experience in aerospace and airframe structural analysis and design. He was a Senior Research and Development Engineer (management position) at Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company and he has been the Department Manager in charge of various structural programs, including development of innovative structural design concepts for both metallic and composite materials that are applicable to current and/or future advanced tactical fighters and advanced transports.

At Lockheed, he was involved in airplane conceptual and preliminary design and was stress lead engineer responsible for the L-1011 wide body aircraft wing and empennage structures. During 1966 and 1968, he served as stress engineer to B727, B747, etc. at The Boeing Company in Seattle. Prof. Niu is the author of the texts, AIRFRAME STRUCTURAL DESIGN (Second Edition, 1999), COMPOSITE AIRFRAME STRUCTURES (1992), and AIRFRAME STRESS ANALYSIS AND SIZING (Second Edition, 1999). He has also written Lockheed’s Composites Design Guide and Composites Drafting Handbook. He received the Lockheed Award of Achievement and Award of Product Excellence in 1973 and 1986 respectively. He is listed in Who’s Who in Aviation, 1973. Prof. Niu is a consulting professor at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and chair professor at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics of the People’s Republic of China. He has been an honorary adviser in structures and airplane design to the Aero Industry development Center (AIDC), Taiwan (China) since 1973. Prof. Niu received a B. S. in Hydraulic Engineering from Chungyuan University, Taiwan, in 1962 and M. S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1966.


Michael Niu: Airframe Structural Design


E.F. Bruhn: Analysis & Design of Flight Vehicle Structures


Burt Rutan: Modless Composite Sandwich Aircraft Construction

Moldless Composite Sandwich Aircraft Construction is the manual still used by Burt Rutan and Scaled Composites to train new employees. It was originally written as a construction guide for Rutan Aircraft Factory’s Vari-Eze, Long-Eze, and Solitaire builders. This oversized manual is high on technique and low on theory. It presents in a practical manner, the basics of working with composites (glass, resins, foam cores, and fillers) and then offers a series of simple in-shop exercises to develop and practice your skills. We highly recommend it. For anyone considering working with composites, this is the first thing you should have. Includes an updated materials list for the series of exercises presented.


Jeppesen: Private Pilot Manual


Jeppesen: Instrument Commercial Manual

Jeppesen’s Guided Flight Discovery Instrument/Commercial textbook provides the most complete explanations of aeronautical concepts for pilots pursuing a instrument rating or commercial certificate. This colorful textbook is your primary source for initial study and review. It includes the Principles of Instrument Flight, The Flight Environment, Instrument Charts and Procedures, Aviation Weather and IFR Flight Operations and Commercial Pilot Operations, as well as an introductory look at Building Professional Experience. The most comprehensive and visually appealing Instrument/Commercial textbook ever! The Instrument/Commercial textbook is your primary source for initial study and review to achieve an instrument rating or commercial pilot certificate. The intuitive organization and colorful presentation of the manual will help you learn quickly from the start. The text contains complete and concise explanations of the advanced concepts and ideas that every instrument and commercial pilot needs to know with the subjects arranged in a logical manner to build upon previously introduced topics. You can expand your knowledge of specific subjects and the world of aviation by exploring the Discovery Insets, which are strategically placed throughout the chapters. To help you understand how your mind and body function while you fly, human factors principles are presented in Human Element Insets. Throughout the manual, concepts that directly relate to FAA test questions are described in FAA Question Insets. To help you effectively review material, key terms are highlighted throughout the text and listed at the end of each section along with a checklist, which summarizes important concepts. Additionally, you can evaluate your understanding of material by completing the associated questions at the end of each section. Jeppesen Part Number JS314520


Additional Reading

Books Recommended by friends.

The Wartime Journals of Charles A. Lindbergh

A detailed personal record of events from the time of the German invasion of Austria to Lindbergh’s visits to postwar Europe’s ruined cities.

1038 Pages, Published in 6/1/1970