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Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers & Reflections (Anglais) Broché – 1 mai 2013

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The world of air travel, often in the news, is fascinating but a little wacky. Patrick Smith has a particular talent for underscoring these features with irresistible wit and wisdom. In addition to his knowledge of all things aviation-related, Patrick shares his personal and sometimes surprising insights into geography and culture from his travels to over 70 countries. Cockpit Confidential is a completely revised edition of the 2004 Riverhead book ASK THE PILOT, with 50% entirely new material & another 30% or more revised, updated, and expanded material. New discussions cover a wider variety of topics with an emphasis on the most newsworthy: security, airfares, pilot training, as well as airline customer service issues. Also included are an informative air travel glossary and an index.

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PATRICK SMITH is an airline pilot and air travel writer. He has appeared on over 200 radio and television outlets, including PBS, the Discovery Channel, CNN, the BBC and National Public Radio. His work has been cited in numerous publications including People, Time, Men s Health, New York Times, Le Monde, Washington Post and USA Today. In his spare time he has visited more than 70 countries and always asks for a window seat. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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76 internautes sur 82 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Often Opinionated, Occasionally Pedantic, Always Entertaining 11 mai 2013
Par takingadayoff - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Expecting an update of Patrick Smith's earlier book, Ask the Pilot: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel, I was surprised to see a completely different book. Yes, he still answers questions that passengers are curious about, such as how dangerous is turbulence, and what is in the air supply in the cabin, but he goes into many other topics that are of interest to people who enjoy flying. He discusses airline logos and liveries (the paint jobs on the planes) and airline names.

Smith is often pedantic and always opinionated, and it all makes for an entertaining book. He has some definite thoughts about the service on airlines, which is a little surprising, since he is a pilot for a major U.S. airline (but he doesn't say which one), and he also has some comments about passengers, which are usually less strident, such as his puzzlement over why sudoku is so popular. Just don't get him started on airport security.

One important reason Smith's book may appeal to more people than a straightforward question and answer book would, is that Smith is not only an industry professional, but he's often a passenger, traveling for fun, so he knows what it's like to sit in coach. This dual point of view, which is apparently not very common among airline employees, many of whom don't care to travel on their own time or dime, gives Smith more perspective, so he's not just the lecturer here, he knows your travelin' pain.

Not only does he travel, he enjoys airports, flying, and seeing new places. He intersperses his question and answer sections with musings on travel. Most entertaining, in my opinion, were his ramblings on questions of design, such as airline logos and slogans.

Smith is a little too honest to completely allay your fears about flying, but I appreciate the straight talk and it gives him a lot more credibility than if he told you not to worry, he's got it covered up in the cockpit. He does have it covered, but there are no guarantees, and he's weathered a couple of hairy experiences.

Although you might want to save those sections for when you're on terra firma, much of the book would be quite diverting while you're stuck in the middle seat.
35 internautes sur 37 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
For the real airplane lovers... 15 mai 2013
Par Jill Meyer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Are you a nervous flyer? Are you someone who'd rather drive than fly? Are you someone who doesn't get excited looking at the lights of planes as they line up in the night sky outside a busy airport, coming in for a landing, one after the other? On the other hand, do you know what the terms "OAG", "triple 7", and "Runway Two-niner" refer to? If you're the latter and not the former, you'll enjoy Patrick Smith's new book, "Cockpit Confidential".

Patrick Smith - the name "Smith" is a nom-de-plume - is an airline pilot and blogger, who operates out of Boston. He used to blog for SALON magazine but I'm not sure he still writes for them. In any case, he has his own website, askthepilot.com, and this new book. His previous one, "Ask the Pilot: Everything You Need to Know About Flying", was published in 2004. Smith has been been a pilot and in love with all forms of air travel since, as a child living in Boston, he'd sit on the Revere beach and watch in awe as planes landed at nearby Logan Airport. He grew up to make a living as first a pilot for a commuter carrier - flying up and down the Atlantic seaboard and all around New England - and then he "graduated" to flying cargo jets for a freight airline. Finally, he's now flying for an international passenger airline. (I think it might be Delta, from what I've been able to glean from his writing. Or, if not, American.) He has been subjected to layoffs during his career and is quite honest about how he - and other pilots - struggle with the on-going airline politics and economic ups-and-down that make a pilot's career somewhat haphazard.

Okay, Patrick Smith and I are airline fanatics. And, probably so are most people reading this review. Most of us fly a lot - Smith is lucky that he gets paid to do so - and we like to see new places. We're also fascinated by the arcane of the airline industry - old tickets from the 1940's and clips from newsreels of passengers boarding a plane in the 1950's outfitted in suits and ties and hats. We know what local airlines were swallowed up by what larger airlines, and we know airport codes. Patrick Smith is talking to US in his book. We "get" him, and he "gets" us.

His new book talks about his own, long love of flying. He writes about how difficult it is to "catch on" in the airline industry, and how that industry has weathered crashes - both physical and economic - and the changing requirements of the TSA. Smith doesn't like the TSA - who does? - and is not shy in giving some recommendations which might not please the politically-correct among us. Looking at the September 11th terrorist attacks in particular, he talks about how the TSA and other government groups reacted by imposing the wrong "rules" in the hopes of making airplane travel "safer". "Safer" than what? Smith recounts the many terror attacks and hijackings of airplanes and airports in the 1970's and 1980's that we've seem to have forgotten. Is the taking away of a butter knife from the flight bag of pilot Patrick Smith by over-zealous TSA officials going to make the plane and the passengers Smith is going to fly be any "safer"? Hell, no. And what about those stupid restrictions on 4oz of toothpaste and mouthwash? Good lord, it's half the battle of flying today just getting through TSA security.

Author/pilot Patrick Smith covers Sept 11th and many other subjects in his new book. It's not a book most readers will be particularly interested in, but for those of us who read his blog, look-in-awe at his YouTube videos of night-landings at JFK taken from the cockpit, and enjoy flying and the history of flying, this book's for us.
19 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Not a frequent flyer? Buy this book. 23 août 2013
Par Fast Eddy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
If you are a road warrior and aviation aficionado, as I am, you won't learn much that is new from this very easy to read tome. On the other hand, if you don't know much about how the airline industry works or what goes on in the cockpit, you will learn a great deal. The author covers a lot of ground and never gets too technical for the average reader. Well worth the price of the Kindle edition.
18 internautes sur 21 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Entertaining, provocative, nostalgic - a fabulous read! 15 mai 2013
Par Shinbal - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I'm an aviation geek, and a former fearful-flyer. Patrick Smith's first book, and his columns over the years have made him a confidant and friend to all types of travelers. Those of us who have been hungry for more are thrilled by "Cockpit Confidential" which gives us new stories, new insights, and a new look at the most loved/hated industry in the world. Patrick Smith is the author that rescues us from the aviation "experts" put out there by today's news media, preferring facts and level-headed analysis to silly hype. This book is perfect for so many different types of readers. It evokes fond memories of the glory days of aviation, before pajamas and slippers were standard traveling clothes. It reminds us that, despite delays, lost bags, airline bankruptcies, and way too much bashing by the 24-hour news cycle, flying really is an amazing thing. The reader will learn that flying is safe; safer today, in fact, than ever in history. But it's more than that. Smith's unique, liquid writing style will remind the reader that THE JOURNEY is half the fun of getting there! Best of all, Patrick's writing is fun to read. It's a difficult book to put down because it's fun and informative. Guaranteed - you'll look at your next flight differently, and maybe even come to realize there's still a lot of magic in the air.
9 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Not Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel 3 avril 2014
Par Brian S. Shaffer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: MP3 CD Achat vérifié
I listened to the audiobook MP3 version that was very well done - read well and generally edited well and so maintained a good quality delivery.

The content of the book is what I found problematic and why the lower rating. While I enjoyed a lot of the clarification information on what things mean that are said from the flight deck and by the flight attendants, explanations of tardy flights, noises, etc. which were all things you might want or need to know, there were long descriptions and discussions on things that you don't need to know and likely won't ever need to know, such as a favorite place of Smith to eat in some remote place in Africa or even in Brussels. The repeated monologuing about his opinion or aircraft and airport aesthetics served no real purpose to the traveler. In fact, much of the book seems to not be what the traveler needs to know about flying on an aircraft, but Smith's complaints that he wants known being made to various airlines and airports because they are not appealing to him. A whole chapter was dedicated to logos and names and was almost completely a waste of time, especially the parts about which logos he did and did not like. Why does anyone NEED to know this?

Smith does not like conspiracy theories and makes that clear initially in the book, especially about issues such as chemtrails and the whole 9/11 mess. However, later in the book, he proposes his own conspiracy theory that airport security is done for the purpose of making the manufacturers of security equipment richer, stating emphatically that such measures are virtually useless. I have to agree that such measures are of limited value, but the unsupported position that security was beefed up to make scanner manufacturers rich is hogwash.

He also properly noted that Sully Sullivan's miracle landing on the Hudson wasn't really a miracle at all, but professionalism and a lot of circumstantial luck. His explanation here is very good. He goes out of his way to not that Sullivan is NOT a hero for the landing and there I have to agree as well. However, later he describes meeting an aviation hero, a surviving pilot of the Tenerife disaster. Why the Tenerife pilot is a hero and Sully Sullivan isn't is not clear. Absolutely nothing described in the book indicated anything heroic by this pilot except having survived being hit by another plane on the runway.

The book just sort of stops at the end with no real conclusion, summary, or consensus.

There is a lot of good information in the book, no doubt, but you have to plow through a bunch of extraneous information and opinion to get to a lot of it and a lot of it does not exactly proceed in a contextual order.
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