Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Review: Ask the Pilot

I just finished reading the book Ask the Pilot by Patrick Smith.  Smith is an airline pilot and freelance writer who has a weekly column about air travel on Salon.com.
 
The book is a collection of essays written by Smith, along with some questions and answers.  Although not written in a techno-nerd style, the answers give a good overview of technical information including how planes fly, turbulence and weather, and safety related issues, along with some historical airline information.  Smith also does a good job of debunking many of the myths of air travel. 
 
Ask the Pilot does just what it set out to do:  it gives a sometimes serious, sometimes irreverent, look at air travel from the point of view of a sometimes pilot, sometimes passenger.
 
It was a quick, enjoyable read, and I recommend it to anyone who travels a lot, or who has a curiosity or fear of flying.
 
Now, if only there was a book, Ask the Flight Attendant.  I'm guessing a few of those questions would be answered differently.
 
 
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1 comment:

manzkee said...

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