Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the "Miracle" on the Hudson

Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the "Miracle" on the Hudson

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By (author) William Langewiesche, Narrator David Drummond

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 164mm x 28mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 21 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400115469
  • ISBN 13: 9781400115464
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged

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On January 15, 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport in New York when a flock of Canada Geese collided with it, destroying both of its engines. Over the next three minutes, the plane's pilot, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, managed to glide it to a safe landing in the Hudson River. It was an instant media sensation--the "Miracle on the Hudson"--and Captain Sully was the hero. But how much of the success of this dramatic landing can actually be credited to the genius of the pilot? To what extent is the "miracle" on the Hudson the result of extraordinary--but not widely known, and in some cases quite controversial--advances in aviation and computer technology over the past twenty years? In "Fly by Wire," journalist William Langewiesche takes us on a strange and unexpected journey into the fascinating world of advanced aviation. From the testing laboratories where engineers struggle to build a jet engine that can systematically resist bird attacks, through the creation of the A320 in France, to the political and social forces that have sought to minimize the impact of the revolutionary fly-by-wire technology, William Langewiesche assembles the untold stories necessary to truly understand the "miracle" on the Hudson, and makes us question our assumptions about human beings in modern aviation.

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William Langewiesche is the international correspondent for "Vanity Fair" and the author of "Sahara Unveiled," "American Ground," "The Outlaw Sea," and "The Atomic Bazaar." 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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By K.J. 19 Dec 2012 1

Considering this book was written by a former pilot, it shows a scarcely believable lack of understanding of the root causes of aircraft accidents. It smacks of tabloid journalism, very easy to blame the pilot, without delving deeper into the fundamental reasons why a particular accident occurred.
It could be a software presentation problem, easy to misintrepret when under pressure, ergonomics, a design issue, a boardroom decision to save costs by not having better equipment, weather, icing, or a myriad of factors, only glossed over by Mr. Langewiesche.
If this were a report by an accident investigator, then there would be no improvement in safety for the future.
Simplistic. A very shallow, almost sensationalist book, that misses the point throughout, not to be recommended.

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"With inflection and timing, narrator David Drummond turns the playbacks of other less fortunate flights into thrilling nail-biters." ---AudioFile