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A View from the Hover: My Life in Aviation
Packed full of lively accounts of John's days as a test pilot (for the Harrier and many other types) and rounded off with some great insights into how to improve your flying, this is a book which nobody who has an interest in flying or the history of aviation can afford to miss.
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Seager Publishing Ltd
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John Farley was a guest lecturer at a course I sat at Farnborough, his comments on honesty, integrity and the importance of mistakes are central to test flying and the "just culture" we are meant to be upholding. Sound advice indeed. The book offers a fascinating insight into test flying. The contrast with todays test flying which is wrapped up in the regulators bureaucracy is quite startling. The 'can do' common sense approach of yesteryear makes interesting reading.
I was incredibly lucky to have had John Farley as a mentor and a colleague. It was an honour and a pleasure to have known him, and if you really want to learn about flying from one of the greats, this is the book for you. John passed away last year, but I can hear his gentle, but authoritative voice, and wicked sense of humour, still, in these pages.