At a Mailbox
It's a welcome surprise. We've sold over 10% of the entire printing in
the first 3 days. Thanks for your support! The intent from the beginning
was to get the information out there and that is obviously happening.
Much of the initial rush is from instructors and resellers so it will
decrease to a more sustainable level. Those first few days were hectic, to
say the least. Thanks again.
The truck arrived at 9pm. It took 3 people and a rented tractor
to get all 151 boxes of them into the warehouse, but they're there!
Shipping has commenced and, Lord willing, all advanced orders will be
filled by the middle of next week. Thank you so much for your patience!
The truck is in Pennsylvania and, barring disaster, will have arrived
at the warehouse by the time you read this. Orders should start going out
Wednesday or Thursday. Those patient souls who pre-ordered will, of
course, go out first.
Thank you for your support!
For the first time, we have a planned ship date from the printer: May 5. They
will take a week to arrive at the Pennsylvania warehouse and then filling of
orders will begin. Once they are actually at the warehouse, we will again start
taking advanced orders on this website. The introductory price will remain in
effect for now.
Thanks for your patience!
Pilots got their first look at the
book during Florida's National PPG convention, run by
The picture at right shows the first time any of us got to see the books. After Scott teased me with the box, we opened it and
it was fun to lay eyes on the first two
laser printed samples. They look great! Of course
the finished product will look better because it's being done on higher quality paper using a
4-color ink process–much nicer than laser.
Close inspection did reveal quality issues with some of the
pages referencing sectional charts. These are extremely important pages and,
given some of the small print, they must be readable. There were 4 pages that wound
up needing to be redone, a process that took us over 30 hours. The charts had
changed and so some text had to be changed or moved. The charts were re-scanned at higher
resolution and color enhanced to aid clarity. If it takes a magnifying glass,
you better have clarity! Plus the color separations on the earlier pages was
diffuse and it was difficult to tell magenta from blue--a critical distinction. The
corrections and approved proofs have now been sent to the printer and,
theoretically, actual printing should be underway.
binding take two weeks. Then, if the truck doesn't run off the road, they'll be
in the warehouse in Pennsylvania by April 28 and start shipping out right away.
Thanks so much for everyone's patience.
The printing process is underway! We are told that it should be 3 weeks to
get the books produced and another week to get them delivered to the Sport
Aviation Publications warehouse in Pennsylvania. Shipping will occur immediately
for advance orders. Thank you, oh patient ones.
This is the home stretch and a significant turn in that there is nothing else
to be done beyond waiting 'til they arrive. The books are being printed on 60#
high-quality paper with 4-color process throughout.
After intensive efforts and a marathon session with Dennis Pagen, the PPG
Bible is finished and press-ready files produced. The originally planned printer
was not able to produce the 4-color work desired and so a new printer is being
sought. That should take about a week and then it will be however long it takes
to get them printed and delivered to the warehouse. Sport Aviation Publications
is handling all distribution.
This website will have a section devoted to readers of the book and contain
more up-to-date information that was not available at press time.
Final editing is now well underway, a process that is making enormous
improvements in several areas. One is from someone who is familiar with aviation
(you'll see who when it comes out) but is not an expert on the subject of PPG.
She IS an expert with words, having an English major and having spent portions
of her former life as a newspaper writer. Anything not clear gets tagged and
rewritten (frequently using her suggestions). Then it goes to Dennis who knows
both words and content. It's amazing to me how much better each chapter is when
this process is complete.
Several chapters also went to people who are familiar with certain aspects of
the sport that I am not. They helped make those chapters much, much better.
See the current table of contents at left and
sample chapter. The sample chapter (6: Trike Flying) is one of the book's shortest
chapters, Trike flying. It has undergone most editing now and is in a near final