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Cockpit Confidential Audiobook

Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections

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Publisher's Summary

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" feature, separates fact from fallacy and tells you everything you need to know:

  • How planes fly, and a revealing look at the men and women who fly them
  • Straight talk on turbulence, pilot training, and safety
  • The real story on congestion, delays, and the dysfunction of the modern airport
  • The myths and misconceptions of cabin air and cockpit automation
  • Terrorism in perspective, and a provocative look at security
  • Airfares, seating woes, and the pitfalls of airline customer service

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)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Smith paints an unflinching portrait of modern air travel with several fresh and unexpected insights." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Like rubbing a cheese grater across a sunburn, in which you gradually extract a few flakes of gold. And resembling more a collection of notes for a book, than an actual polished final product.

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    DougW Cypress, TX, USA 07-26-16
    DougW Cypress, TX, USA 07-26-16 Member Since 2001
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    "Informative and Interesting"

    If you are looking for a high level fly by of the modern air travel industry this is your book. The author walks through everything from aircraft safely to crew career expectations and what causes delays in a great Q&A format. I suspect the format somewhat follows the author's blog.

    Narration was excellent.

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    J Moore Lexington, KY 06-09-16
    J Moore Lexington, KY 06-09-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Just go read the blog"

    There is not much in this book that is not already available in his blog or the recent Freakonomics Podcast interview. I am sure that the interview will send people here. Not much new.

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    junlim USA 06-03-16
    junlim USA 06-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A lot more opinion than information."

    More one man's thoughts and perspectives on air travel, rather than lots of juicy and revealing facts and information as the title and blurb suggest.

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    "Kudos From one Aviation Professional to Another"

    I have been in aviation in one capacity or another for over 30 years. While not a pilot, rather I fly a desk, I know quite a bit about this wonderful industry. I purchased this book as I enjoy anything and everything there is to know about airlines and airplanes. The author and narrator truly made this a great read/listen.

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