Ask the Pilot

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  • Title: Ask the Pilot
  • Author: PatrickSmith
  • ISBN: 9781594480041
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Paperback
Ask the Pilot

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  • If you have had the same, irrational fear of flying as I have, then this is the book for you Take courage and read it it WILL help you I have been haunted by this deep fear since childhood, which is ironic considering that my job regularly requires me to fly to other continents, and not on the safest of airlines Duct tape on the wing, anyone I ve seen it The writer, Patrick Smith, also writes an excellent column on all things aviation at Salon, and is a professional, commercial pilot His clear e [...]


  • This is a good book but I wouldn t recommend it for the general audience It s good for aviation enthusiasts or people who have anxiety about flying I am definitely in the latter category.The author is educated and has an eloquent way of writing, although I felt it sometimes veered into self indulgence Each chapter starts with an essay from Mr Smith about some aspect of the airline industry, then a series of randomly assembled QA taken from his website The QA was the most helpful part of the book [...]


  • Ask the Pilot describes many facts about airplanes, including how they fly, the history of the airplane, how airports work and a lot Unlike many other non fiction books, each chapter is very short and the stories are not connected One of my favorite chapters describes new airplanes that will be in service in the future For example, the Airbus 380, which just started flying in November, is the biggest passenger plane I was surprised when I found out that it was much larger than the Boeing 747, t [...]


  • This is a compilation of Smith s Salon column and it s well written, well organized and actually helpful There s much industry info that s not addressed since it occurred after the book s original publication, but Smith effectively addresses main traveler concerns about air travel If you re a nervous flyer, as I am, this is a worthwhile read As a frequent flyer, I downloaded the eBook version and refer to the specific chapters during a flight mainly during rough air and it has helped remind me t [...]


  • Well, I used to not be fond of flying I actully have a perscription of a sedative that I used to take when stepping onto a planis was prior to this book.If there is anybody out there who has reservations about flying this is the book to read After I read this book and understood in layman s terms an airplane and it s ability I instantly became confident and comfortable with flying.This book goes over all of the flying myths fears and explains all of modern flying safety redundencies that are in [...]


  • This is a marvelous insider s view of the airline industry and I found it fascinating Historically turbulence has unnerved me but the author s no nonsense approach to explaining all thing aviation in laymen s term really set me ease And I read it on a plane


  • Answers to all those questions about airplanes and flying This is a must read for anyone who is scared to fly Your mind will be put to ease after reading this.


  • Great writing from Patrick Smith, a professional pilot, providing all sorts of insight into the world of aviation.




  • Some interesting info, which I didn t know, i.e such as the numbers on runways But otherwise, not very interesting Many of the most interesting questions which I would have wanted to know, he glossed over with answers like If I told you it would bore you, and bore me to Additionally, the ship is somewhat dated it was written in 2004, before all the mergers United Continental, American US Airways, etc , and other accidents Sully But all in all, it was quick and painless.


  • I found this book interesting, and it kept my attention I already knew a lot of the information inside it because of Jared, but it was nice getting background and information Also, when Jared talks to me, he is talking Duh Haha so it was nice to get to read and re read portions so I could understand concepts better.


  • Interesting but since it s from about 2005ish some of it is a little old Airlines have merged and things are different Would have liked the updated version better Although take offs and landings explained are the same and fascinating.




  • Interesting stuff from airline travel Although unfortunately the details of this category age quite fast this book is from 2004, and already I know a few updates have occurred and not just A380.If you ve got a lot of questions about random subjects regarding air travel, this is for you Like which planes are the safest Do pilots really save gas by using less oxygen for the plane s interior Why do sometimes some planes fly nearly empty, or some huge planes fly short, national routes Which airlines [...]


  • Ask the Pilot is an interesting read I learned some things I found useful the daily grind of a pilot, crew, and plane how airlines operate networks what flight attendants look at and notice when they deal with passengers cross check over the PA actually does mean that the flight attendants are checking each other s work as they go through the cabin prior to takeoff and landing, while 1L, 2R means which doors need to be opened after landing being a pilot is very unglamorous unless you re an inter [...]


  • I am a nervous flier As such, I don t typically let facts get in the way of my irrational fear Yet, with his calm and reassuring demeanor, and his conversational writing style, Patrick Smith has convinced me that maybe, just maybe, flying is safe Culled from his column, this book is a collection of frequently asked questions regarding the airline industry Glib, without being dismissive, he addresses a lot of common fears and provides useful information about how planes actually fly and about the [...]


  • This is a collection or distillation of salon essays about flying, from the point of view of a pilot Now, I tend to think of myself as a pretty level headed flier I don t freak out unnecessarily, and I figure that pilots and flight crews know what they re doing 95% of the time can t say the same for security screeners This book is well written for me, as well as for someone who is freaked out about flying Basically Airlines in the US are extremely regulated if you sense anything wrong on a fligh [...]


  • This book is in a Q and A format of all the common questions on commercialaviation Can a plane land without engine power , Can I open the door at 35,000 ft , What s the point of putting the life jacket on when we are going to die , Why can t I use cell phones and electronics during flight , What are those tiny upturned wings at the wingtips do winglets and so on It provides a lot of explanations and a couple of stories on Smith s experience as a pilot what happens if you dump dry ice into the pl [...]


  • A pick a chapter as it follows your interest kind of book Plane models Not so much History of interesting crashes Yes, please Smith was a longtime columnist for Salon He writes cleanly, but has never lured me into becoming a regular reader His anecdotal quality is mixed He s also just a bit sore about the post 9 11 security impracticalities.This book was good enough to finish even after I d told my husband I was returning it, and it might be worth keeping as a reference, but overall it wasn t re [...]


  • This is an okay book I m not sure what I was expecting from this novel The book is layed out as QA format, for example Which Is the Busiest Airports and What is a turboprop The author then answers the questions Where does he gets the questions, I m not sure A lot of the questions posed to him are rather mundane and quite honestly, mostly stupid At first, I read about 1 3 of the novel and started to just read parts of it that I thought were interesting questions and answers posed It s okay read i [...]


  • Patrick Smith is the titular columnist of Salon s Ask the Pilot, and his observations about aviation culture are consistently fascinating and droll This book collects some of his past columns, and it s pretty excellent He s a great storyteller and explicator, with a warm, off handed style that makes you feel like you re having an animated conversation in an airport lounge Funny, educational, and occasionally hair raising though, to his credit, not nearly as much as it could be in less adept hand [...]


  • An interesting inside look at airplanes and airlines The funniest story is the exploding toilet, and the most haunting story is Saudi 163 in 1980, in which the airplane returns to the airfield and lands safely but doesn t evacuate for reasons that will never be known, and everyone dies The online transcript of the cockpit voice recorder has a page missing, and the curious phrase They are the first people Possibly I read too much Tim Powers.


  • It was fun and fast Didn t delve nearly as far into the minutiae that make his column super interesting, but it s a good introduction to his style if you haven t read his Salon column and would probably be a good read for those friends who are reasonably rational but dislike flying The story about the dry ice and the toilet is worth the effort They ought to sell these at airport bookstores instead of the shit tabloids.


  • I learned a thing or two about air travel from this little book, but I d only recommend it if you are interested in the mechanics of flight Smith s tone is a little too didactic and fuddy duddy for my taste, and he brings up all kinds of wacko fun topics only to back away from the details that he knows everyone wants to hear about pilots flying naked Why wouldn t I want to hear about that It s a bit of a tease.


  • I recommend this to anyone who has every had even the slightest fear of flying, or has just wondered what turbulence is Full of aviation that fun facts that teach you the science of commercial air flight and the culture of pilots and the FAA I credit this book to successfully bringing my nervous pre flight ritual of two Benadryls and two glasses of wine to an end


  • As a nervous flier, I was hoping for reassurance about the safety of flying, yet that wasn t the case with this book If you re interested in some trivia about airport codes, longest routes, most profitable airlines, best and worst airports in terms of decor , and some other peripheral airline data then this is a book for you.


  • Delightful book for those who want to understand how airlines operate and how jets fly It is reassuring for those who tremble at the notion of boarding a jet.Patrick Smith is broad minded in his point of view, which is refreshing given the redneck pilots I have met He s very witty too.Enjoyable read.


  • I read this book very slowly, in parts, on work breaks and waiting for appointments It was that kind of book that you could easily dip into I don t think I would have been able to read it in solid chunks, as it got a bit too dry at times with technical knowledge There is some humour in the book, but it is very dry as well.


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