Cockpit Confidential : Questions, Answers, and Reflections on Air Travel, Paperback

Cockpit Confidential : Questions, Answers, and Reflections on Air Travel Paperback

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A New York Times bestsellerFor 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 hateCockpit 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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The book is mainly a compilation of write in questions from regular folks about all topics connected with commercial aviation. Smith comes across as a top notch pilot but also a superb writer with a very readable and straight forward style. He addresses about everything one could ask concerning air travel. He said he would stay away from the techie stuff but at times drifts into it. What's particularly good in his writing is he discusses those unknowns we all ponder, sometimes with white knuckles on the armrests and our knees up to our adam's apples compliments of the airlines.

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