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I read Flying from cover to cover, beginning with Peter Garrison's Technicalities feature. In October, in Two Sides of the Engineering Coin, Mr. Garrison introduced two recent tomes, one of which was the 500-page Lessons Learned in Aircraft Design, by Dr. Jan Roskam. Mr. Garrison's specific mention that the book talks about ill-considered features that lead to "design-induced pilot errors" was enough motivation for me to buy the book. I am a technical writer who usually gets involved after of the work of design is finished. If you are not familiar with technical writing after-the-fact, let me explain that writers sometimes get the feeling their time would be better spent with an eraser at the design drawing board than with a pen and a writing pad. I bought the book not simply to read the words of a like-minded critic. I bought it because it is sometimes easiest to explain by presenting good examples. From good examples you hope your reader will make the right inferences and be motivated to avoid similar design blunders. The book has many good examples. Regarding the book overall, the quality of writing and depth of insight are not on par with what we're used to from Technicalities! -Barry
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