Ask the Pilot

Ask the Pilot

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by Patrick Smith
     
 

Though we routinely take to the air, for many of us flying remains a mystery. Few of us understand the how and why of jetting from New York to London in six hours. How does a plane stay in the air? Can turbulence bring it down? What is windshear? How good are the security checks? Patrick Smith, an airline pilot and author of Salon.com's popular column, "Ask the

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Though we routinely take to the air, for many of us flying remains a mystery. Few of us understand the how and why of jetting from New York to London in six hours. How does a plane stay in the air? Can turbulence bring it down? What is windshear? How good are the security checks? Patrick Smith, an airline pilot and author of Salon.com's popular column, "Ask the Pilot," unravels the secrets and tells you all there is to know about the strange and fascinating world of commercial flight. He offers:

  • A nuts and bolts explanation of how planes fly
  • Insights into safety and security
  • Straight talk about turbulence, air traffic control, windshear, and crashes
  • The history, color, and controversy of the world's airlines
  • The awe and oddity of being a pilot
  • The poetry and drama of airplanes, airports, and traveling abroad

In a series of frank, often funny explanations and essays, Smith speaks eloquently to our fears and curiosities, incorporating anecdotes, memoir, and a life's passion for flight. He tackles our toughest concerns, debunks conspiracy theories and myths, and in a rarely heard voice dares to return a dash of romance and glamour to air travel.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
Anyone remotely afraid of flying should read this book, as should anyone who appreciates good writing and the value of great information.
Alex Beam
Patrick Smith is extraordinarily knowledgeable about modern aviation, and communicates beautifully in English, not in pilot-ese. Smith is the ideal seatmate, a companion, writer and explainer who will set your mind at ease.
Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594480041
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.49(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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James Kaplan
Patrick Smith is one of the best writers around, period, which certainly makes him by far the best writer ever to have earned a commercial pilot's license. Ask the Pilot is deliciously stylish and informative. A soaring accomplishment, and an indispensable book for anyone who travels by air, which means everyone.

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