Ask the Pilot

Ask the Pilot

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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'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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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129.54 x 187.96 x 20.32mm | 226.8g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Riverhead Books,U.S.
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • Riverhead Trade.
  • 1594480044
  • 9781594480041
  • 174,196

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About Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith is an airline pilot and freelance writer. His air travel column appears weekly on He has flown both passenger and cargo jets and has visited more than fifty countries. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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