World Airnews Gives Cessna Training Manuals from Red Sky Ventures the Thumbs Up

Windhoek, Namibia, December 20, 2008 --( The latest manual in the type rating series by Red Sky Ventures and Memel CATS, the Cessna 210, was released recently in Namibia. Coincidently World Airnews was looking for an angle to report on the recent spate of C210 accidents in Namibia, so when Red Sky Ventures asked them if they would like to review the book, they readily agreed.

The unfortunate recent series of accidents in Namibia had highlighted the importance of a manual such as this. Some accidents are purely routine - even with the best maintenance mechanical parts can fail, especially in mechanisms as intricate and opposing as the reciprocating engine. However the authors strongly feel the manuals are a step forward in the goal of aviation safety and are regretful that it may have come a little too late for some. It seems that World Airnews shared their views.

The following review is from a World Airnews Article by Kevin Barker.

"Following hot on the heels of a spate of fatal accidents in Namibia, Danielle Bruckert and Oleg Roud have published the Cessna 210 Training Manual,* which collates the most poignant and critical sections of the pilot’s operating handbook in order to give pilots that little but extra information, in that handy guide that slips comfortably into a pilot’s flight bag."

*The fourth book in their Type Rating Training Series, available at

"Importantly, the book starts off with a table indicating the differences in models of the C210, with the differences in training being seen as one area that catches out unwary pilots. The book then moves on to the basic systems description, with interesting tips and tricks regarding the various systems, as well as pointing out which systems pitfalls await the pilot.

"The engine section features handling techniques critical to the correct management of the engine for all phases of flight and brings into discussion many of the mistakes pilots make that end up causing damage to the engine. Where this work really shines is it’s illustrated section on pre-flight inspection, with a part for part walk through of what to look for and check on the external inspection of the aircraft. The high detail photographs and in-depth explanations make it crystal clear what is required from a pilot preparing to fly.

"Of further use to the C210 pilot are the expanded normal and emergency procedures, that take the pilot’s operating handbook and break it down into phases of flight, to be able to deliver a further insight as to handling of the aircraft, but unlike the POH, it has been written for pilots by pilots, and thus makes easy reading.

"What the Cessna 210 Training Manual offers that is not often found in the POH is a little more on the airmanship required to operate the C210 safely, which is often where pilots are found lacking. Each phase of flight discussed also features the relevant checklists to aid the pilot in familiarising himself with the mnemonics and bold face actions required for that phase of flight.

"The book concludes with an expanded emergency procedures section , as well as an examination to test the pilot’s comprehension of the subject matter.

"The manual makes a great understudy to the pilot’s operating handbook, and is perfect for use as a technical standards manual, or for use when completing a aircraft technical examination.

"Perhaps most importantly, considering the hot and high conditions where many 210s operate, is the fuel planing calculator, weight and balance loading sheet and departure performance calculator, in the form of easily understandable forms that could either be copied and laminated, or filled in with a pencil for each flight.

"The publishers also produce similar manuals for Cessna’s other singles, and when used as a companion to the POH, forms a very powerful quick reference handbook, that can be carried along with a pilot.

"More details about the Cessna 210 Training Manual can be found on the website"

Aside from through Red Sky Ventures site, the books can also be purchased in perfect bound versions through Lulu at, (search by Cessna Training Manual or follow the direct link

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