Maria L. Langer is the author of more than 82 non-fiction books, video media training materials, and hundreds of magazine and Web-published articles. She is an occasional speaker at Macworld Expo and has appeared as a guest on numerous podcasts and video podcasts.
Langer is also a commercial helicopter pilot and operates a helicopter tour and charter business based primarily in Phoenix, Arizona, in the United States. She has written for several aviation magazines, including Sport Aviation, Aircraft Owner Online, and HeliNews.
Langer graduated from Hofstra University in 1982 with a BBA in Accounting.
Langer's first published work appeared in 1991 as the written materials for a 4-1/2 day course offered by the Institute of Internal Auditors. After writing other training materials for that organization, she was hired as a ghostwriter for four chapters of a John Dvorak book called Dvorak's Inside Track to the Mac (1991). She partnered with Dvorak co-author Bernard J. David to co-author The Mac Shareware Emporium (1992). From that point forward, she worked mostly alone on dozens of computer how-to books for beginning to intermediate users. Topics include Mac OS, Microsoft Office applications for Mac OS and Microsoft Windows, iBooks Author, WordPress, Dragon Dictate, FileMaker Pro, and web publishing for business. Her publishers include Peachpit Press, O'Reilly, McGraw-Hill, Macmillan, and Flying M Productions.
Starting in the early 1990s, Langer authored numerous articles about using computers for a wide range of print and Web-based publications. Later, in the early 2000s, she began self-publishing additional how-to and reference material on a website dedicated to supporting her readers.
In 2006, Langer began authoring screencast style video training materials for MacPro Video and Lynda.com. She has also incorporated original video material into interactive ebooks published with iBooks Author for the iPad for Flying M Productions.
Langer began flying helicopters in 1997. She trained primarily in the Phoenix, Arizona area.
Langer started her helicopter tour and charter company, Flying M Air, in 2001 with a Robinson R22 helicopter. In 2004, she worked as a seasonal tour pilot for Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters. The following year, she purchased a Robinson R44 helicopter and got an FAA Single Pilot Part 135 certificate to do air-taxi work.
- Langer, Maria. "Books". Retrieved 27 August 2012.
- Langer, Maria. "Videos". Retrieved 27 August 2012.
- Langer, Maria. "Articles". Retrieved 27 August 2012.
- Langer, Maria. "Appearances". Retrieved 27 August 2012.
- Langer, Maria. "Maria's Guides". Retrieved 27 August 2012.
- "Flying M Productions". Flying M Productions. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
- "Flying M Air, LLC". Retrieved 27 August 2012.
- An Eclectic Mind (Maria Langer's Blog)
- Maria's Guides (support for published work)
- Flying M Photos (photo gallery)
- Maria Langer on Peachpit Press
- Flying M Air, LLC