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Cockpit Confidential : Questions, Answers, and Reflections on Air Travel - Patrick Smith

Cockpit Confidential

Questions, Answers, and Reflections on Air Travel


Published: 21st July 2013
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Published: 7th May 2013
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A New York Times bestseller

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 the 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
The colors and cultures of the airlines we love to hate

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.

It's the ideal book for frequent flyers, nervous passengers, and global travelers.

Refreshed and vastly expanded from the original Ask the Pilot, with approximately 75 percent new material.


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Very Informative Easy Read


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  • Easy To Read
  • Informative
  • Well Written


    Best Uses

    • Nervous Flyers
    • Reference
    • Travel Reading

    Answered many questions about air travel, even ones I didn't know I had ! Was also a great help answering my 11 year old sons questions as he is a nervous flyer.

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    ""Cockpit Confidential" is the document that belongs in the seat-back pocket in front of you." - David Pogue - The New York Times

    ISBN: 9781402280917
    ISBN-10: 1402280912
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 320
    Published: 21st July 2013
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.1  x 2.2
    Weight (kg): 0.36