This is an arresting book on private aviation, wherein the author describes, in storytelling fashion, how what appears to most of us as a hobby is actually a way of life bordering on obsession to the many who are intimately involved. The importance of ``general'' as opposed to ``commercial'' aviation is never quite spelled out, but readers will be both entertained and moved by this compelling portrait. Gonzales, author of The Still Point (Univ. of Arkansas Pr., 1990), successfully tells of the men and women who pursue this lifestyle and the needs and desires that drive them. Packed with a variety of tales from snowblind takeoff and landings to the horrors of plane crashes, the book is full of action. Recommended for popular aviation collections.-- Eric C. Shoaf, Duke Univ. Lib., Durham, N.C.