Ask the Pilot: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel
Ask the Pilot Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel Author:Patrick Smith More than ever, air travel is a focus of curiosity, intrigue and anxiety. This year, some half a billion passengers will ride aboard the ten largest US airlines alone. Fair to say each one has a question, a doubt, and a lingering fear in the back of his or her mind. We take to the air routinely, yet few of us understand the how and why of jet... more »ting from New York to London in six hours. Patrick Smith, an airline pilot and author of Salon.com's popular air travel column, unravels the secrets and tells you all there is to know about the strange and fascinating world of commercial flight. * Insights into safety, security, and the nuts and bolts of how planes fly * Straight talk on turbulence, air traffic control, windshear and accidents * The history, color and controversy of the world's airlines * The awe and oddity of being a pilot * The poetry and drama of airplanes, airports, and travelling abroad Patrick speaks eloquently to our fears and curiosities, incorporating anecdotes, memoir, and a life's passion for flight. He tackles your toughest concerns, debunks conspiracies and urban myths, and in a rarely heard voice dares to return a dash of romance and glamour to air travel.« less
What a fun book! Easy and often funny explanations about anything and everything regarding travelling by air. Questions include: How does a plane stay in the air? Can turbulence bring it down? What is windshear? How good are the security checks?