Cockpit Confidential (Library Edition): Questions, Answers, and Reflections on Air Travel

Cockpit Confidential (Library Edition): Questions, Answers, and Reflections on Air Travel

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By (author) Patrick Smith, Narrator David Drummond

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 173mm x 23mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 8 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1452645388
  • ISBN 13: 9781452645384
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Library ed
  • Sales rank: 1,389,839

Product description

For 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 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 hate "Cockpit 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.

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Patrick Smith is an airline pilot and the creator of the popular Web site www.askthepilot.com. His Ask the Pilot column ran regularly on Salon.com from 2002 until 2012. He has appeared frequently on television and radio, including on PBS, the Discovery Channel, CNN, the BBC, and National Public Radio. David Drummond has made his living as an actor for over twenty-five years, and he received an "AudioFile" Earphones Award for his first audiobook, "Love 'Em or Lose 'Em."

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"Along with the inside scoop on collisions, crashes, and terrorism in air history, Smith paints an unflinching portrait of modern air travel with several fresh and unexpected insights." ---Publishers Weekly