Air traffic control is one of the most misunderstood occupations in the world, and yet it affects anyone that has ever... or will ever fly in an aircraft. This audiobook tells all. You may never fly again.
©2015 David Larson (P)2015 David Larson
As a past military ground crew and aviator I found the book interesting and often very funny. Larsons style of honestly telling his anecdotes coupled
With self deprecation and humor was very entertaining.
On the down side anyone who does not have an extensive background in aviation, air and ground aerodrome practices and a good "air sense" is highly advises to gloss over the detailed descriptions of air traffic vectoring and general radio and physical activities by the characters here in or you'll be spinning at the earphones.
Mr Block was the perfect and possibly only professional narrator in the industry who could pull this one off given his history as a international heavy jet commercial pilot for almost half a century. His excellent narration techniques and voice were well up to the task as usual.
A complimentary read is 'Secrets from the Tower: an O'Hare Air Traffic Controller's Personal Stories of Life and Aviation' by Bob Richards.
I'm a fan of Thomas Block's storytelling.
Much like the 'For Dummies' series of books, this memoir reveals technical info infused with an edgy sense of humor, and metaphors galore. 'Spinning at the Boundary' is the scoop on those who steer from the (radar) scope. 'Ear muffs' warning: Lots of graphic language. Also, there are plenty of accusations and finger pointing in this former Air Traffic Controller's tell-all.
From pranks to serious acknowledgement of a problem that we as frequent flyers in this country must now face, this book was an eye opener. Time well spent.
Many of the legal issues and the manner with which they were presented were beyond my ability to digest, yet, I still felt that I grasped enough to realize the concern of the author and the great need for reform.
The author dealing with each new location assignment during his career was quite interesting.
Maybe a TV series.
Amazing to me how Mr. Larson was able to remember so many incidents, in so much detail. Quite an eye opener into this very serious line of work.
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