These books, written, revised and updated over a period of more than 60 years, use the experience of two pilots and over 22,000 hours of flight instructing and flying airplanes ranging from 40 HP Piper Cub J-2s to F4U Corsairs to Boeing 777s. Based on the original texts by William K. Kershner, the latest editions have been updated by William C. Kershner. With over 1.2 million copies sold, these have influenced the flying of hundreds of thousands of pilots.
The books range from taking the first flight (The Student Pilot's Flight Manual) to teaching the first flight (The Flight Instructor's Manual). The intricacies of aerobatics are covered in the Basic Aerobatic Manual and the details of instrument flight and checking out in advanced types of piston airplanes are contained in TheInstrument Flight Manual and TheAdvanced Pilot's Flight Manual, respectively. The sixth book, Logging Flight Time, is a collection of aviation stories and articles from William K. Kershner's varied flying career.
Bill Kershner's Cessna 152 Aerobat is on display at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport near Washington, DC (below). N7557L was delivered to this fascinating museum on March 13, 2007, two months after William K. Kershner's death.
Photo by Lawson Bordley
Our books: The Student Pilot's Flight Manual, 10th edition (ebook and graphics available) The Flight Instructor's Manual, 5th edition (ebook available) The Instrument Flight Manual, 7th edition (ebook available) The Advanced Pilot's Flight Manual, 7th edition The Basic Aerobatic Manual Logging Flight Time