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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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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.

The ideal book for frequent flyers, nervous passengers, and global travelers.

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


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Very Informative Easy Read

By Mark.Lloyd.Aus

from Gippsland

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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.

    Comment on this review

    "Patrick Smith manages to demystify the experience and remind us of the magic of aviation. Also he has a great sense of humor which is critical when you are wedged into seat 14D on a regional jet" - Chris Bohjalian, author of The Night Strangers and The Double Bind"

    ISBN: 9781402280917
    ISBN-10: 1402280912
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 320
    Published: 21st July 2013
    Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
    Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 14.0  x 2.5
    Weight (kg): 0.36