It’s OK to make a go-around if you do not like the way a landing is shaping up.
It’s OK to refuse a clearance that a controller gives you if you don’t feel safe complying with it.
It’s OK to lean the mixture any time you are in level flight, at any altitude.
It’s OK to declare an emergency when something goes wrong, or if there is something going on that doesn’t make sense.
It’s OK to tell that overbearing, impatient jerk of a passenger that the weather is just plain too bad to make the flight, and that it maybe tomorrow or the next day before you can go.
It’s OK to take a flight review every six months or annually
— The Thinking Pilot’s Flight Manual
And the list continues in the chapter titled It’s OK in the book The Thinking Pilot’s Flight Manual or, How To Survive Flying Little Airplanes and Have a Ball Doing It by Rick Durden.
I came across a review of the book a few months back and was curious to read it.
The book is an interesting read touching on topics from preflight to advanced flying, from 2-seat trainers to seaplanes, tailwheels, antiques, ski-planes, aerobatics and more advanced airplanes. The book attempts to answer questions that might arise in a pilot’s mind after obtaining his/her license and presents ideas on how to become better pilots through conscious decision making and better understanding of the pertinent information about the aircraft and systems. A chapter titled Staying Alive in the Real World provides a guide to surviving emergency situations and a complete chapter on Tailwheel covers basics of learning and teaching tailwheel flying.
A whole chapter on Finesse – The Thinking Pilot attempts to debunk common myths such as there is no magic altitude such as 3,000ft or 5,000ft below which you can’t lean the mixture or straight-in approaches at non-towered airports are not a violation of FARs or that men are better pilots than women and more.
The synopsis from the back cover reads:
In a provocative and sometimes controversial style, this guide starts where standard-issue flight training manuals leave off. The Thinking Pilot guides you deeply into topics that weren’t taught in flight training-everything from how to really do a preflight, through keeping your passengers happy, scud running, precautionary landings, and how to survive a crash. It includes a detailed introduction to flying floats, skis, aerobatics, and classic airplanes; probes some of aviation’s dirty little secrets, explodes myths, and presents the best, most succinct guide to flying tailwheel airplanes ever written.
The book can be purchased on kindle or paperback.