Leslie Wright of Blog Critics reviews Flight Emergency

In the second non-pilot book review in a week, book reviewer Leslie Wright has given Flight Emergency 4/5 stars. I’m pleased that readers with little or no piloting experience are able to enjoy the interactive scenarios, and recognize their value as a teaching tool. In her conclusion, Leslie writes:

I would recommend this book as a great gift for your student pilot or even your already certified pilot. Pitting yourself against the inherent dangers in such a safe interactive way and learning how to spot and divert danger is one of the best gifts one can give.

Kempley has stepped outside the box to bring safety to others. This would be a great book for the amateur or professional aviator to add to their library.

Her review has been posted to the nationally-syndicated site Blog Critics, her book review site TicToc, Amazon, Shelfari, and Goodreads. Also published in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer (PI). Thank you, Leslie!

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Flight Emergency Book Review: Literary R&R

What do non-pilots think of Flight Emergency? Kathy on Literary R&R has written a great book review from this perspective. She picks up on two key points I wanted to convey to readers:

  1. Most emergencies and accidents are the result of pilot error. She says, “It was interesting to me to see how so much of the scenarios were results of errors or bad judgement on the part of the pilot.” Very true, Kathy! It makes me wonder if the perception is otherwise in the non-aviation community, that emergencies and accidents due to mechanical problems are more prevalent than they actually are?
  2. Bad decisions can “snowball” into worse situations and decisions. Accidents are so often the result of one bad decision after another, each one leading to more danger and fewer safe options. But sometimes all it takes is one good decision to break this chain and end the flight safely!

She also mentions that she’d like to see this interactive approach to teaching in other industries. I’ve pondered the same possibility.

If you enjoy reading, please check out Literary R&R, a fantastic book review site with a fun personality. Thanks to Kathy and Mandy for the book review!


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Flight Emergency Gets 5 Stars in The Netherlands

Rene Verjans of Aviationbookreviews.com has posted a fantastic review of Flight Emergency! Based in The Netherlands, Rene is passionate about aviation. He gave the book a 5-star “excellent” rating. For now, it’s only in Dutch, but the English translation is coming soon. Stay tuned here for the link. Thanks, Rene!

(Speak Dutch? Check out his book review now!)

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Small Airports Like Sedona’s Mesa-Top Gem Need Our Support

Cessna 182 at Sedona KSEZ

Our rented 1962 Cessna 182 on top of the mesa at Sedona, Arizona's airport (KSEZ)

What can compare to landing your plane on top of a mesa, with gorgeous red rock formations all around you? Sedona, Arizona’s airport is known as “America’s Most Scenic Airport” for a good reason: it’s downright beautiful there. While I have a special place in my heart for the vistas of the Minden-Tahoe airport where I learned to fly, the Sedona airport is undoubtedly my next-favorite airport. I’ve flown into the airport and visited by car. Each time the place has not failed to work its magic on me and whoever I am with.

Sedona’s runway was first paved in 1957 and since then has not only become a premier destination for tourism (and the money it generates) but also a valuable resource for the community in terms of the transportation and services it provides. It’s a small, non-towered airport and as such retains the small town friendly charm of which I and countless other pilots are very fond. However, as is inevitable with growth and expansion, complaints arise from the community about noise or pollution. Recently, Kristin Monday of Sedona has been complaining that the jet fumes are making her and her husband sick. Monday lives directly under the flight path of the airport and wants the airport moved or closed. See this story in the Sedona Red Rock News: “Woman works to close Sedona Airport.”

Red rock formations at Sedona

Stunning red rock formations at Sedona, Arizona

It’s a familiar story with airports across the country: people move in next door to them, then raise complaints about noise when it was those people who chose to purchase a home near the airport in the first place. The airports were established there long beforehand. As a pilot, I think living close to an airport (or on an airport!) would be fantastic, but I realize many people do not want the sound of planes and helicopters in their immediate vicinity. But noise aside, surely people such as Monday would be grateful the airport does exist in the case of a medical emergency, when the speed of a helicopter ride to Phoenix could save a life? Airports are also invaluable in fighting forest fires, serve as bases for search and rescue efforts, and so much more. The revenue to small communities that airports such as Sedona’s provide is often a larger portion of the pie than most people realize. Would they rather take on the burden themselves in the form of higher taxes? From aircraft fuel sales to the tourism dollars visitors spend in hotels and restaurants, airports rack in the cash for places like Sedona.

There’s another benefit airports provide to the community as well that I believe is very important: the moment when a child sees the wonder of a plane or helicopter flying and is positively influenced in that moment to become a pilot, mechanic, or engineer. Is that worth the sound of a jet flying overhead occasionally?

Sedona’s current conflict is only one of many that happen across our country every year. Please take a moment to vote on the article’s web site that the “Airport is not a problem” so we might nip this instance in the bud. Whether you’re a pilot or just an aviation enthusiast, talk up general aviation and your local airport whenever possible. Take your friends and their children for airplane rides. Finally, consider volunteering for AOPA’s Airport Support Network, where you have the resources of the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) in your corner. They can assist you in promotional efforts like airport open house events, or defensively, should a threat present itself to your airport.

Our country’s airports are an incredible resource and make the USA the best, freest place to be a general aviation pilot in the world. Let’s all do a little something to support our small airports so we can keep gems like Sedona available for everyone!

Panorama of Sedona from the Airport

Panorama of the town of Sedona from the Airport Mesa


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West With the Night by Beryl Markham

West With the Night is one of my all-time favorite books. I know there is some debate as to whether or not Beryl herself actually wrote it, but to me this does not detract from the sheer artistry of language and depth of adventure within. There are passages in this book that I re-read from time to time which do the same for me as watching a beautiful sunset or listening to a bird sing on a lovely summer’s day. My flight instructor and friend John B. Brown recommended this to me early in my flight training, and in doing so gave me a great gift!

The book is, in short, an exceptional, inspiring life described in absolutely beautiful language. Beryl’s bold skill in aviation and horse racing in British colonial Africa weren’t her only talents – Ernest Hemingway praised her writing ability such that it put him to shame! Her aviation adventures include such hair-raising stories as transporting medical supplies late at night to isolated primitive landing strips and flying low over isolated, dangerous areas finding and tracking elephants for the hunting parties. What bravery, skill, knowledge, and confidence this woman had. Chapter 13 is particularly moving for me: the story of the horse Wise Child’s last race. The tension and emotion Beryl feels as she watches the race unfold come off the pages so richly, you are immersed in her mind like in no other horse race passage I have ever read. (And I have read many great ones!)

Whether or not your interests lie in aviation, horses, Africa, or completely elsewhere, you’ll find Beryl’s eloquent stories and strong, no-nonsense personality drawing you into this truly memorable read. This woman flew solo across the Atlantic for goodness sake! What a heroine for all of us. And what a lovely, unforgettable book.

Find this and my other book reviews on goodreads!

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Flight Emergency now available for Nook

You can now read the eBook version of Flight Emergency on your Nook!

You can also read Flight Emergency for Kindle. Coming soon: Apple’s iBookstore!

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Entering Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards

Have you started reading eBooks yet? After a slow start many years ago, their sales are now outpacing traditional print books and e-readers are becoming commonplace. I find the idea and potential of an eBook fascinating, as it is changing the way we think about and read books. Multimedia and interactivity can now be a part of the reading experience, and even the publishing process is more approachable and requires a smaller up-front investment. From the beginning I had planned on releasing electronic versions for Kindle, Nook, and iPad. After working through the conversion process, I now realize how much potential this format has to revolutionize the idea of a “book.” I found it exciting to see how the interactivity of Flight Emergency lent itself very well to the new technology, using links to navigate through the path the reader chooses in each scenario, or to backtrack and make a different decision, for example. I can imagine much more potential for the future as well.

Dan Poynter and his company Para Publishing LLC has always been at the forefront of the publishing industry. Now he is recognizing the quickly-growing world of eBooks in their very own awards contest. Other book award programs I’ve seen offer awards for eBooks as a sideline to print books, or do not offer different categories for eBooks as they do for print books. But in Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards, Flight Emergency and all other Nominated entries are competing against books in their own categories, as well as “best of” categories, such as cover and illustrations. In the coming weeks, judges will read all Nominated eBooks and select Finalists and Winners in each category.

With all the excitement eBooks offer, I must admit to remaining a traditionalist in some ways. For example, can an eBook simulate the old book smell, the feel of an old out-of-print book in your hands, or the fun and discovery of browsing the library’s basement stacks? Call me a book geek, but I will always enjoy reading a yellowed, musty vintage science fiction paperback with a price of $0.65 on the cover and cigarette advertisement inserts in the middle. eBooks won’t ever replace paper books for me – and I suspect many others – but they are expanding the world of reading and publishing books, attracting new readers, and allowing more authors to become published who may not have had the means before. It will be exciting to see the book evolve in the future.

…And wish me luck in the Global eBook Awards!

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Book Review in Aviation For Women

Thank you to Kelsey Lynch of Women in Aviation, International (WAI) for a great book review of Flight Emergency in the March/April issue of Aviation for Women, the organization’s official publication. The book is featured in a spread for the Author’s Table at the 23rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference held in Dallas, Texas March 8-10.

How do you think you would handle an emergency situation in an airplane? in Flight Emergency author Reya Kempley lets you make the decisions in real situations. As you read, your options will create unique adventures for every reader. You’ll get to see just how fast things can change in an airplane and how every choice you make has consequences, good or bad. Read Flight Emergency and see how your scenario turns out. -Kelsey Lynch

Visit the Women in Aviation, International web site or read the magazine Aviation for Women online!

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International Women in Aviation Conference – Dallas, Texas

A high-powered group of women gathered in Dallas, Texas March 8-10 for the 23rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference. Civilian and military pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers, engineers, and more filled the Hilton Anatole with an incredible energy and camaraderie. I was fortunate to be a part of the Author’s Table for my book Flight Emergency, which was an honor and a lot of fun! If you click on a photo, a gallery feature will enable a slideshow of larger images.

Visit the Women in Aviation, International web site for more information on this outstanding organization that promotes women in all areas of aviation. Men, you’re welcome to join too!

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Kindle eBook now available on Amazon.com

If you have a Kindle device or enjoy reading eBooks on your computer or mobile device with the free Kindle reading apps, check out Flight Emergency for Kindle from Amazon.com! The electronic format lends itself perfectly to interactivity, with plenty of navigational links for making decisions, backtracking, or jumping into different scenarios. For only half the cost of the paper edition, it’s a great deal!

If you don’t have a Kindle, no worries. You can either download one of the free Kindle reading apps available for PC, Mac, and mobile phones, or await the eBook for iPad and Nook coming soon!

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