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    DescriptionOn 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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    Fly by Wire
    The Geese, the Glide, the "Miracle" on the Hudson
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William Langewiesche, Narrator David Drummond
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 191 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 68 g
    ISBN 13: 9781400165469
    ISBN 10: 1400165466

    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBBEY
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T12.6
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC E4L: TRA
    BIC subject category V2: WGM
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Theme: GEOG/NEWYRK
    BISAC V2.8: TEC056000
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JMC
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/21CNTY
    B&T General Subject: 790
    DC22: 629.13
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036010
    LC classification: HE
    Ingram Theme: LOCL/NYNEWY
    Abridged Dewey: 629
    BISAC V2.8: TEC002000, TRA002010
    B&T Approval Code: A35500800
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036080
    DC22: 363.12465
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036070
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 54370
    Thema V1.0: TBX, NHK, WQH, TRP, WGM
    Edition statement
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    21 December 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    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 been narrating audiobooks for a few years now and hopes one of these days to get it right. He much prefers dead authors and live audiences.
    Review quote
    "With inflection and timing, narrator David Drummond turns the playbacks of other less fortunate flights into thrilling nail-biters." ---AudioFile