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Safety Last: The Dangers of Commerical Aviation; An Indictment by an Airline Pilot
     

Safety Last: The Dangers of Commerical Aviation; An Indictment by an Airline Pilot

by Brian Power-Waters
 
THIS IS THE REPUBLISHED VERSION. THE ORIGINAL VERSION WAS PUBLISHED IN 1972. THIS VERSION DOES NOT CONTAIN ADDITIONAL OR NEW INFORMATION.

The author of this eye-opening expose is a scheduled jet airline captain, as well as a fighter pilot in the Air Force Reserve, with twenty years of professional flying experience. Writing from the standpoint of a view of a

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THIS IS THE REPUBLISHED VERSION. THE ORIGINAL VERSION WAS PUBLISHED IN 1972. THIS VERSION DOES NOT CONTAIN ADDITIONAL OR NEW INFORMATION.

The author of this eye-opening expose is a scheduled jet airline captain, as well as a fighter pilot in the Air Force Reserve, with twenty years of professional flying experience. Writing from the standpoint of a view of a pilot, he covers every aspect of commercial aviation and brings the reader to the conclusion that it is a much more perilous means of transportation than generally suspected.

You will learn how poorly equipped most of our airports are; how the airlines write their own safety regulations and then succeed in evading even those requirements. You will find out what goes on on the flight deck and the dangers inherent in even the most routine shuttle flights. The author examines crash investigations, he take you on spine-tingling reconstructions of disasters you probably read about, and he reveals the often shocking truth of what really went wrong as opposed to what you may have read in the papers.

Editorial Reviews

Aviation Daily
Captain Power-Waters states that Washington National and La Guardia airports: "Jokes!"
KBIA Radio
Those people who take a firm grip on the arm rest when a plane takes off and lands are going to grip even more tightly �
New York Times Book Review
�Captain X� criticizes the obsessions of certain airline managements with speed in favor of safety and deplores the lack of sophisticated guidance equipment at many airports.
NY Newsday
Safety Last relates that NY City�s La Guardia runways are so short pilots land and take off with no margin for error.
Patco
Safety Last has done the most in the past several years to alert the public to the daily hazards in flying.
Pinnacle News
� it puts facts on paper, asks the unasked questions and gives the answers. It is intended to awaken the passenger public and hasten vital changes in the policies and practices of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Publishers Weekly
Captain Power-Waters unloads his list of complaints against commercial aviation without hedging and draws a frightening picture of chaos, carelessness and petty internecine warfare within the industry. The literate air traveler who gets his hands on this book may want to swear off forever. . . . Captain Power-Waters hits with authority.
Rick Keir
This book should prompt an investigation.
Los Angeles Times
Saturday Review
� all the more effective for being sensible. Not recommended for in-flight reading, unless you prefer anxiety attacks to the usual bad movies.
Stuart Birch
� raises serious misgivings about priorities given to training, equipment and the great god, Profit.
Sydney J. Harris
If Captain Power-Waters is right in even half the things he discloses about the dangers of commercial aviation, the airlines and the FAA deserve to the thrown in the deepest dungeon.
San Francisco Examiner
The Observer
The airline pilot�s biggest nightmare is not hijacking, not sabotage, not even landing at a poorly-equipped airfield, but a mid-air collision with a small plane appearing from nowhere�
Washington Post
Safety Last A reasonably safe airport is no guarantee against a careless pilot, a plane with mechanical problems, or a controller who has too much to do.
Wolverhampton Express & Star
� a disturbing document which shows ineptitude or mismanagement at a government level �

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595186938
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

What People are Saying About This

John F. Leyden
From a letter to Captain Power-Waters from John F. Leyden, President, Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization
Fortunately, most of the flying public is unaware that many in airline management place a greater emphasis on making profits than on adhering to safety regulations. I compliment you on providing us with a damn fine insight into many of the problems which have been either overlooked or purposely evaded. I strongly concur in your book's closing observation that the real key to airline safety must be through a better utilization of the expertise of the pilot and the controller, who know flying best. These men are indebted to you for your daring to buck the tide, and call it as you see it.
Walter Stovall
Captain X says some pilots also contribute to unsafe air travel by often ignoring adverse weather conditions and mechanical defects in their aircraft to meet airline insistence that planes fly on schedule.
— Walter Stovil, Associated Press
John Leyden
I compliment you on providing us with a damn fine insight into many of the problems which have been either overlooked or purposely evaded.
— John Leyden, President, PATCO
James Douglas Sparling
James Douglas Sparling, Director, Safety and Standards, Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association
Safety Last is a fascinating and sobering journey into the realities of commercial aviation. It vividly describes the hazards of non-professionalism in our industry. The reader will also see the critical importance of professional aircraft maintenance along with the need for a more imaginative and aggressive FAA establishment. . . . Captain Power-Waters has courageously assailed the FAA-approved Minimum Equipment List and exposed it for what it is . . . a killer of airline passengers.
J. H. Doolittle
General J.H. Doolittle, Commanding General, 8th Air Force, Leader of Tokyo Raiders, Medal of Honor Recipient
Read Safety Last with great interest, I agree with much of what you have to say� . We have much in common.
Lester L. Wolff
Congressman Lester L. Wolff, Congressional Record
Safety Last is an excellent analysis of how much safer flying could be if the FAA performed a role of greater commitment to safety. A book every member of congress should read.
Reuben Robertson III
Reuben Robertson III, Director of the Aviation Consumer Action Project and Aide to Ralph Nader
Safety Last by Captain Brian Power-Waters courageously describes real life in the airline industry and sounds the alarm for urgently needed reforms. It documents the abysmal performance of the Federal Aviation Administration in enforcing air safety standards and the shocking insensitivity of many airline officials. This book should be read by any airline passenger, executive, regulator or legislator who is concerned about protecting human life and safety in air travel.

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