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