Using the qualitative research method of Content Analysis, a comprehensive exploration was conducted into three acclaimed works of aviation literature: Wind, Sand and Stars, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; West with the Night, by Beryl Markham; and Fate is the Hunter, by Ernest K. Gann. Using the precise elements of the methodology, codes were identified, categories were combined and emerging themes were discovered. These discoveries led to a greater understanding of the works and their contribution to the knowledge base of aviation.


Dr. Paul A. Craig is a professor, a writer, a researcher and an award winner – but most of all he is a flight instructor. A “Gold Seal” flight instructor with authorization to teach instrument, multiengine, seaplane and has won the FAA District Flight Instructor of the Year award twice. He also holds the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and a Doctors degree in Education. Craig speaks at FAA safety seminars across the country and is the author of 14 books including, The Killing Zone, Pilot in Command, Flight Times and Multiengine Flying. He has worked for NASA as a Principal Research Investigator and for the FAA as a curriculum writer. He has won the Wheatley Award (Most outstanding aviation educator), the Sorenson Award (Most outstanding aviation researcher) and NASA’s “Turning Goals into Reality” award. The Tennessee Division of Aeronautics presented Dr. Craig with the Career Contributions to Aviation award in 2019. Today he is a university professor – teaching the next generation of aviation professionals.



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