Cockpit Confidential

Cockpit Confidential : Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections

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A fascinating fear of flying book from a commercial airline pilot and author of the popular website
For millions of people, travel by air is a confounding, uncomfortable, and even frightening experience. When you go behind the scenes, however, you can see that the grand theater of air travel is actually fascinating. From the intricate design of airport architecture to the logistics of inflight service, here is everything you need to know about flying.
Commercial airlines like to hide the truth from customers and do nothing to comfort nervous fliers. And what's scarier than the unknown? In this aviation book, pilot Patrick Smith breaks down that barrier and tells you everything you need to know about flying, including:
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 delays, congestion, 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 Airfare, seating woes, and the pitfalls of airline customer service The true colors and cultures of the airlines we love to hateCockpit Confidential is a thoughtful, funny, and at times deeply personal look into the strange and misunderstood world of commercial flying. If you liked other books about airplanes for adults, including Soar by Tom Bunn or Skyfaring, you'll find reassurance, humor, and guidance in Cockpit Confidential.
"Anyone remotely afraid of flying should read this book, as should anyone who appreciates good writing and great information." -The New York Times, on ASK THE PILOT
"Patrick Smith is extraordinarily knowledgeable about modern aviation...the ideal seatmate, a companion, writer and explorer." -Boston Globe
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 20mm | 350g
  • Naperville, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd ed.
  • 1492663964
  • 9781492663966
  • 99,484

About Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith is a New York Times bestselling author, airline pilot, air travel writer, and the host of He has visited more than seventy countries and always asks for a window seat. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
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