Editorial Reviews. Review. "Smith paints an unflinching portrait of modern air travel with several A Chick in the Cockpit: My Life Up in the AirKindle Edition. Mar 29, Know About Air Travel Questions Answers Amp Reflections Patrick Smith [PDF] [ EPUB] The book,. "Cockpit Confidential" Everything You Need. PDF - Cockpit Confidential. For millions of people, travel by air is a confounding, uncomfortable, and even fearful experience. Patrick Smith, airline pilot and.
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May 25, In his new book, pilot and columnist Patrick Smith explains why you have to turn off your cellphone for takeoff and landing, and why your ideas. Sep 16, [PDF] Download Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers & Reflections EBook For download. "I wish I could fold Patrick Smith and put him in my suitcase." —Stephan Dubner, co-author of FreakonomicsFor millions of people, travel by air is a confounding.
I found his book more complete than other texts, such as The Flying Book.
If uncertain, spend your money on this one! I am not a pilot nor a frequent flyer, but I came across your book and I found it to be very interesting.
Great Book! A truly informative and entertaining book that I highly recommend!
As an infrequent flyer, my mind has been put at ease over what I now know to be unfounded fears. I am glad I bought his book and will read it again and again. Thank you! Unlike private pilots who fly slowly at shallow bank angles, airliners are fast aircraft that are operated according to instrument flight rules that demand we turn the aircraft at standardized rates. Bank angles must steepen with greater speed; even maneuvering at lower altitudes, our speeds exceed mph, and that requires bank angles of at least degrees.
At cruise speeds we bank even more steeply, but only to a certain point based on federal regulations and passenger comfort. Second, it is true pilots are necessary to operate cockpit automation but aviation manufacturers and researchers are planning the day when a single pilot, or for freighters, no pilot, is the norm. Today, automation makes it more difficult for many airline pilots to maintain proficient hand-flying skills. Lack of hand-flying experience is suspected to be a causal factor in the recent crash of an Asiana airlines widebody plane.
And nowhere does Smith mention that airline travel is much slower than it used to be, and not just because fuel prices have forced carriers to fly more slowly. In , a coast to coast flight took about five hours; today, travel time via our modern hub and spoke system is upwards of eight hours. They seem to believe that the plane flies itself while the pilot essentially sit there doing nothing.
Yes, pilots have come to rely on a somewhat different still set than in decades past though not to the extent that people are told — after all, autopilots, FMS and autothrottles have been around for over 30 years now , and in certain circumstances this can have safety implications. Fares have spiked recently. However, they are still about 15 less than they were in , and fifty percent lower than they were in ! This includes factoring in unbundling fees.
This is simply untrue. Passengers almost always have multiple options between city A and city B, both domestically and internationally. As to the latter, many secondary U. Are you kidding? Maybe a handful of travelers are unlucky enough to face sucha routing, but there must be 25 nonstops, split among five different carriers, including low-fare airlines like Virgin America and JetBlue, operating every day between New York and L.
MY lack of candor? Who else is out there doing what I do? This one ticks me off. If I say the sky is blue, someone, somewhere, is going to disagree, and Mr. Curtis was in quite a disagreeable mood when he wrote about you.
I do OK with the new air travel environment except for one thing that I mentioned in a previous comment — the airlines no longer take responsibility for me in the event of a delay or cancellation. I just downloaded a sample of your book from the site Kindle store and read the introduction. Last week we came home from a family vacation to Washington, DC.
As we were departing DCA on our way home the pilot announced that ATC was holding all flights due to storms south of the airport. Within a few minutes he told the crew to prepare for departure. From the time I could hear engines spool up until we were rotating it seemed like it was only 15 — 20 seconds.
It was quite a kick in the back to feel the A get up and go.
I just wanted to experience the feeling of flight. As we were climbing out we experienced some turbulence, and there were massive thunderheads all around us, but the pilots got us through with hardly a disruption. Three hours later we were taking the suitcases into our house.
I was born in , the year the Boeing went into service. I literally grew up in the jet age, but I still find it wonderous and remarkable that within just a few hours I can be transported in comfort and safety from one part of the world to another. It is something that will never get old or mundane for me. I have downloadd the complete Kindle version of your book.
Has this been fixed? Will you be visiting Asia in the near-ish future? Except that it is. But the information within is vastly different.
Most of the essays are new, and all of sidebars are new, as is the glossary. That alone is close to 20 percent of the book. The security essay, for instance, is completely different from, and much longer than the original. Beyond that, the book was edited far more carefully and extensively than the first one. There were five full go-arounds with the manuscript. My wife bought the ebook as part of our 5 yr wed annv! Yes, she is awesome. Any fan of Zen Arcade is a fan of mine.
I bought the book sir and was wondering if I would be able to send it to you and have it signed? It would mean a lot to me.
Please send me an email if that would be alright. Yay, a second book! After reading some of your articles about your publishing misadventures, I though it would never happen.
I take it the old publisher still holds the copyright to the old title? You seem pretty green in your comments. If the destination does not recycle, they get trashed. Good news is more airports do recycle.
Looking for terrorists is like finding a needle in a haystack. You ignore they hay look for bright shiny things. I totally agree that profiling is a must.
What I describe in the book was nothing in comparison. Check out the photos here…. Just ordered in Kindle format. Thank you Patrick. Found your former column by accident on Salon years ago. Loved your stories so much almost hated you for being a Pilot instead of a writer. Picked up a copy heading out of HOU. Thanks again for keeping us pax less dumb, Pat. Read it, in hospital, in three days. Excellent, most enjoyable, most informative, entertaining, well written, should be on sale in every airport.
Bought the original when it first came out. Just the right amount of smart-assedness. Just ordered a signed copy.
Thanks, Patrick!! I just ordered the book from site. Also a shout out of support to your publisher for not letting you use the title you wanted. Just a question though, why do the paperback and Kindle edition have the same price? Surely e-books are cheaper to produce and distribute?
Does this mean you will be launching http: Got mine too. Beautiful cover, but is that flying away from us or toward us? The title is fine, by the way — you need something snappy for a book, and alliteration is always appealing. Got mine a couple days ago threw some money at the effort last year for an early signed copy and have been enjoying it. Definitely recommended! Preordered for my Kindle!
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Summary A New York Times bestseller For millions of people, travel by air is a confounding, uncomfortable, and even fearful experience. 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.
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