For millions of people, travel by air is a confounding, uncomfortable, and even fearful experience. Patrick Smith, airline pilot and author of the Web's popular "Ask the Pilot" column, separates fact from fallacy and tells you everything you need to know:
Cockpit Confidential covers not only the nuts and bolts of flying, but also the grand theater of air travel, from airport architecture to inflight service to the excitement of travel abroad. It's a thoughtful, funny, at times deeply personal look into the strange and misunderstood world of commercial flying.
©2013 Patrick Smith (P)2013 Tantor
This book is as boring as the narrator was who read it. If this book was the black-box flight recorder, you wouldn't recover it to find out what went wrong. Just leave it.
it's not a story. it's a compilation of smug, condescending, snarky, vague answers to questions from his website.
you'll keep listening to it simply to hear how much more obnoxious he can actually get.
i've listened to lots of books, but I have never written a review before. this book is so over the top, i had to: the author is such a self-important, self-righteous, sanctimonious, condescending know-it-all it is really hard to believe a professional editor allowed this tripe to be published...it must be utterly unbearable to be locked in a cockpit with this guy on a trans-oceanic flight. i pity the first officers who have to fly with him. it's been a long time since i have paid good money to be talked down to while i actually thought i was going to be entertained. from his faux-authoritative comments about global warming, his morally superior preaching about his environmentally friendly lifestyle, and how annoyed he gets by children, to his snobbish descriptions of his worldly travels, he comes off as an effeminate, snippy, fussbudget. you might think it's a book about flying and airplanes, but it's not. it' an exercise in listing to this blowhard spout off about how stupid the flying public is, how much more he knows about flying than you do, all the things he dislikes about america and americans, and what a smart guy he is. there's also a lot of bloviating in there about how politically correct he is, and how much better -- just in general -- he is than you. his attempts a humor fall flat almost every time.i am a pilot, too, and grew up in the aviation industry. just about all the pilots i have ever met are good guys (most of them are ex-military...this author never says either way, but I'd bet anyone with an attitude this haughty and annoying was NOT), so i was really surprised at what a jerk this guy is. every paragraph drips with contempt for the flying public (if not the reader). to his credit, the reader does a great job translating all the snooty condescension from print to voice.in all, a bitter disappointment. an uncreative and lazy work at best.
Sadly, not much here. A mile wide and an inch deep. Patrick Smith has good intentions here, but chooses no to go into depth on anything, except his commentary on airplane logos and paint jobs.
A trivial man
A petulant, whiny author with a self serving agenda, who took time from flying around on his high horse to write an almost unreadable book. Kudos, to the narrator for breathing at least a little life into this otherwise benighted tome.
Very informative. Some of the stories were just outstanding. and the way he tells of the most notorious airplane crashes was told very well with a lot of information you didn't hear in the media
I'm a very frequent international and occasional US domestic flyer and I really liked this book. It answered so many questions that have been around in my mind for years. The narrator was pretty good - nice voice to listen to and just the right level of smugness for an airline pilot :-)
Very cool that it also answered a lot of safety questions and gave balanced views, in my view, on most subjects.
I can't give the story a 5 star rating as there isn't really one, but the chapter on the Tenerife disaster was compelling listening.
This is one of my best Audible purchases.
Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.
This was one of the worst Audible titles I’ve encountered, if not the worst. The narrator has what sounds like an artificial/robot voice and was impossible for me to listen to for any length of time. And the content was anecdotal and not very interesting. The topic had promise but it appeared to be a bunch of columns stitched together.
I was expecting to like it since I'm very interested in the topic and choose to watch or read items about flight and the aviation industry. But I was very disappointed in this one.
"Interesting very American"
The insight to US air operations. Didn't exclude the rest of the world, but was not as comprehensive outside the states.
No, one hit wonder...
Blegh. They all melted together after a while.
Worth a listen at least once. Second time should wait a year or two.
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