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Seconds To Disaster: Insider Secrets, What's Really Going On In Todays Airline Industry [Anglais] [Broché]

Glenn Meade , Ray Ronan

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23 juillet 2012
Europe Edition. Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger - "Meade and Ronan pull back the curtain on the airline industry and shine a bright light on the dark corners. Everyone who flies or cares about someone who flies should read this eye-opening account of the current state of commercial air travel. What you don't see can hurt you." "Sully" Sullenberger, Retired airline pilot, consultant, speaker, CBS News Aviation and Safety Expert, and author of Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America's Leaders and Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters. As with the Air France Flight 447 tragedy, much of the time air crashes are a confluence of events, a cascade of bad luck, bad decisions, inappropriate airline company policy, the failure of aviation regulators, and sometimes insufficient training, or various combinations of all five. Seconds to Disaster will demonstrate that part of that bad luck is often aided by the airline industry?s own endless and aggressive pursuit of bottom-line profit which contributes to a creeping erosion of safety standards and puts both passenger and crew lives at serious risk. These revelations are made in the hope that any resulting debate will contribute to making air travel a safer experience for both crew and passengers alike. Seconds to Disaster will not only pose and answer questions as to why accidents happen, but also offer solutions as to how they can be further prevented. And it will explore a highly contentious issue: what parts do both the airline industry and the worldwide watchdog authorities responsible for governing that industry contribute in playing dice with passenger lives, through negligence and collusion.

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Glenn Meade is a journalist and specialist in the field of commercial flight simulation. He is the author of nine books, many of them international bestsellers, published in 26 languages, and his work has earned him critical acclaim. Meade worked in aviation for twenty years. Ray Ronan is an Airbus A320 Captain and journalist. He has contributed to aviation safety forums and has instructed during crew training. The authors are aided by contributions from many serving and former professional pilots and aviation experts in the US and Europe.

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Amazon.com: 3.7 étoiles sur 5  19 commentaires
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Revealing 22 janvier 2013
Par Lola's Mom - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Wow! What a read. It's going to be hard for me to get on any more MD-80s, 737s, or an Airbus every again. Even though I LOVE airplanes. This book was incredibly insightful. Perfect for an aviation buff such as myself. Having had an "insider view" into some aspects of these things in my career as a mechanic, I felt as though I was getting the full 411 for a change.

I love Air Emergency. I have this sick obsession with airplane crashes. What causes them? Was it mechanical? I think that's partly because in all my aviation career, that possibility was always in the back of my mind, ensuring I did my job carefully. This book brings up many air crashes and disasters, some I watched on that show, some that were new to me. My one and only quibble is the book leads with introducing a flight crew and telling us they crashed, but never do they tell us why. Urgh! I felt teased. If it did reveal the reason, it was so far later, I didn't make the connection.

But...things I learned that blew me away:

Your baby and your child under 7 are NOT safe on commercial planes. Babies on the lap: not safe. The likelihood of your baby surviving in severe turbulence or a rapid brake landing: nil. Seatbelts are made for adults, not children, as it can severely damage their pelvises and abdominal area in a crash. Talk your airline about a "car seat" and NEVER use loop belts. Incredible data was revealed in this.

Fatigue: bad problem.

Counterfeit parts: Yikes!

Boeing and their 737 NGs. Wow. This chapter talks about a major scandal and cover up regarding parts Boeing bought from a company... The company claimed they were computer made when in reality, they were man made with sharpie markers and hand saws and you have aircraft flying around that shouldn't be. This chapter was my favorite. Very revealing.

It talked about how the big airlines to save money are not really hiring mechanics, but people off the street with one mechanic supervising, training them for a mere specialty.....Been there. *nods*

And oh, also, how the engine air is circulating through the aircraft with oil fumes in it so we breathe that stuff in. Flight crews often have a high rate of cancer because of this.

A very eye-opening book. The last chapter is about how YOU can make flying safe for yourself.

Four stars. Wish the crashes had been better explained. I bought this on Amazon. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in aviation or those who fly often.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A good read for airline passengers 8 février 2013
Par Wayne A. Allen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In this book, the authors do a credible job of documenting the current (2012) state of airline safety. Although clearly the safest way to travel long distances, passenger safety has been compromised significantly since the beginning of the worldwide economic downturn. All parties including the manufacturers, the airlines, governments, and airports have been operating under immense financial pressures. Once well paid pilots are a thing of the past, and those employed by regional carriers often earn less than $15,000 a year. The airlines are under constant threat of bankruptcy or takeover and as a consequence cut corners on maintenance and repair. Passengers have also contributed to this undesirable situation by seeking out low fares --- understandable given economic circumstances.
Perhaps only time will lead to improvements in passenger safety. In the meantime, the last chapters of the book offer some useful tips to the travelling public to reduce the chances of being in an aviation accident.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thought provoking - especially for an industry insider! 20 juillet 2013
Par Carolyn W. Pope - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Enjoyed this book... As a flight attendant for a major U.S. carrier, I appreciate information that is credible. This book provided me not only with insight, but also with potential tools and information that I might use to keep myself and my passengers safe.

Thank you for publishing this book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Aviation insight 4 novembre 2012
Par Harrison Jones - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is well written and informative. An insider's perspective on commercial aviation and issues that the public should be aware of.

Harrison Jones
Airline Captain (retired)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting 13 août 2013
Par C. Marshall - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This was very Interesting to me because I'm a long time airline crew member interested in the safety issues of the industry
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