HYDERABAD: Flying is a tough field. Couple that with pilots who must be able to judge distance between objects, convey information to air traffic controllers while watching many systems simultaneously, the job requires one to be constantly alert.
However, there are many hurdles before one even becomes a pilot. The hurdles being the theoretical tests which examine the trainees understanding of the technical aspects involved in flying like the engine, aircraft performance, pressurisation. With books aplenty giving information on technical general, it is easy for trainee pilots to be overwhelmed by the immense information.
So when one aspiring pilot Sandesh Kumar Baheti found himself in such a situation, he decided to take matters into his own hands literally. Compiling and breaking down the information and concepts given in the textbooks into simple language, the 21-year-old wrote ‘Handbook of Pilots’ in a matter of just 45 days.
“The technical general exam is one of the toughest exams amongst the five-six exams one has to clear to become a certified pilot. After it took me three-four attempts myself to clear the test, I decided to write the book towards helping students pursuing flying,” says Sandesh, who also happens to be Brand Ambassador for the Hyderabad Metro Rail.
The books, he says will also be helpful for those going for airline interviews. “Mostly 60 per cent of the commercial airline interview questions are technical.” While the book does provide information on all aspects of flying, it also serves as a notebook to the student. “The left side of the pages is blank to ensure that the student can jot down important concepts, notes so they have all the necessary information in one place instead of carrying around many books,” explains Sandesh who is training at the Telangana State Aviation Academy and has completed 150 hours of flying.
Sandesh is now planning to write a revised version with more information to make it as comprehensive as possible. “We have sold all the copies right now so it will take me sometime to get around to the revised version. A few publishers have also approached me for the rights,” adds Sandesh.