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    DescriptionThough 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 flyInsights into safety and securityStraight talk about turbulence, air traffic control, windshear, and crashesThe history, color, and controversy of the world's airlinesThe awe and oddity of being a pilotThe poetry and drama of airplanes, airports, and traveling abroadIn 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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    Ask the Pilot
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Patrick Smith
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 222 g
    ISBN 13: 9781594480041
    ISBN 10: 1594480044

    BIC subject category V2: GBC
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T14.3
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    DC21: 910.202
    BIC subject category V2: WGM
    B&T General Subject: 800
    Ingram Subject Code: TR
    Libri: I-TR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24100
    DC22: 910.202
    BISAC V2.8: TRV021000
    BIC subject category V2: WTD
    BISAC V2.8: TRA002000, TRV000000, TRA002040
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 910/.2/02
    LC classification: HE9776 .S58 2004
    Edition statement
    Riverhead Trade.
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Riverhead Books,U.S.
    Publication date
    01 June 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Patrick Smith is an airline pilot and freelance writer. His air travel column appears weekly on Salon.com. He has flown both passenger and cargo jets and has visited more than fifty countries. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.