Here are some comments and reviews received about The Boeing 737 Technical Guide:
*** Updated 14 Nov 2021 ***
Technical manuals are typically written in a style which provides an analytical, dry description of an inanimate, complex device describing the workings of that device. Most of these manuals have also proven to be a quite effective sleep aid.
The benumbing effects of a technical manual are difficult for a writer to mitigate but Chris Brady has created an interesting reading experience with “The Boeing 737 Technical Guide.” Captain Brady, a Boeing 737 maintenance test pilot for Europe’s EasyJet Airlines, not only beautifully describes the technical aspects of each model of the 737 but a chronicle of the aircraft as well. In his words, “This book is a plain English, illustrated, technical guide, intended to fill in the gaps left by existing publications.”
A detailed history of the 737 grabs the reader’s interest immediately before delving into the systems descriptions. Design issues such as where to put the engines are described providing insight into the various dilemmas facing Boeing Engineers. “Instead of mounting the engines away from the wing on struts, why not mount them hard against the underside of the wing itself?” Systems descriptions are written in a manner that not only leaves the reader more knowledgeable but with an understanding as to why the systems were designed the way they were and their evolutions through the various models of the aircraft. These descriptions are accompanied by schematics and a wealth of black and white photos of control panels and aircraft structures. System limitations are also presented as are various operational idiosyncrasies that the author has experienced in his rich 737 experience. In describing the speed trim system, for example, Captain Brady explains how the Pilot’s desire for zero stick force may conflict with the speed trim functionality, a frustration that can only be described by a Pilot that has experienced it. A type rating exam with answers to the questions is provided followed by a maintenance test flight guide. There is even a section dedicated to the 737 rudder which came under great scrutiny following a couple of fatal accidents.
The manual is nicely rounded out with detailed descriptions of hull-loses and accidents many with a probable-cause included. Captain Brady provides statistics but follows those with a perspective. “There have been 122 737 hull-losses, including 8 hijackings/bombings and 9 ground accidents. This may sound high, but remember that over 5000 737s have been built since 1967. This gives a 2.5% accident rate or approx 3 per year or one every 2.5 million flight hours. Furthermore, over 40% of occupants survive fatal 737 accidents.”
At the conclusion of the manual the reader will not only have enjoyed their journey through a very interesting book but also have a good understanding of the technical operation of the 737, “large” aircraft systems design, and a thorough knowledge of the history of the world’s best selling airliner.
"The author has produced a well-illustrated technical guide on the Boeing 737 designed to supplement the Boeing and company manuals. As well as in-depth technical operating information, the book includes excellent chapters on the history of the design." ... "Anyone with a fascination for the 737 will enjoy this book."
Pilot Magazine, Jan 2007.
"A fascinating look at the 737 and 'how it works', and answers many questions that both enthusiasts and engineers might want to pose."
Aircraft Illustrated, Dec 2006. (See full review here)
"This is the guide for Boeing 737 pilots who have read the Operations Manual and want to know more."
Flight Safety Foundation, Aviation Safety World, Dec 2006.
"Written by a maintenance test pilot on the B737 who is currently employed by a leading European budget airline, this technical guide offers facts, tips, photographs and points of interest about the type to supplement existing airline and manufacturers manuals. It is aimed at student pilots and training captains but has been written in a plain and simple manner which will appeal to a wider audience."
Airliner World, Nov 2006.
"You are to be commended on the what is the finest book on any aircraft that I have seen. I am amazed by the depth of knowledge this book contains. I only wish I had it when I went to training on the 737 at US Airways!"
Capt H, JetBlue Airways
"I received the book a few days ago -v impressed for a variety of reasons. Your book is different with constructive hints and interesting information on the rudder/historical overview etc -good luck I hope it sells."
Capt B, ThomsonFly
I found this book very useful and full of information regarding systems and equipment. Even my company manuals don't even come close to explaining in detail and simplicity as Chris Brady's book! Superb reference and a great addition to his website that you can now carry in your flight case!
KF, Edinburgh, UK.
Neues, gutes 737-Buch (engl.)!
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