A Journey With A Pilot

eBook - 2015
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"The twenty-first century has relegated airplane flight--a once remarkable feat of human ingenuity--to the realm of the mundane. When most people today think of flying, they imagine tedious routines that involve security checkpoints, exorbitant baggage fees, shrinking legroom, and frustrating delays. Mark Vanhoenacker, a 747 pilot who gave up careers in academia and the business world to pursue his childhood dream of flight, asks us to re-imagine what we--both as pilots and as passengers--are actually doing when we enter the world between departure and discovery. In a seamless fusion of history, politics, geography, meteorology, ecology, family, and physics, the author vaults across geographical and cultural boundaries, above mountains, oceans, and deserts, through snow, wind, and rain, limning a simultaneously humbling and almost superhuman activity which can afford us unparalleled perspectives on the planet we inhabit and the communities we form"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2015
ISBN: 9780385351829
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Call Number: eBook


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Feb 13, 2018

If you fly and are the person who wants the window seat, you’ll relate to this book. It’s not a conventional pilot’s book. Instead the author takes you on a journey with him. You learn about different planes, coming from Seattle hearing compliments about the 747 is music t my ears, but what was most interesting was information about how pilots fly without GPS, what are things pilots like in the cockpit. What will stay with me though on a personal level is the term “place-lag”, traveling from airport to airport isn’t much different that “Jet-lag” confusion about where you are. One of the best books I’ve read. I thought it sounded interesting, but I didn’t expect to be reading it aloud to my husband because each chapter was filled with interesting tidbits and details.

Dec 29, 2017

Very good read.

Jul 16, 2016

Ranging from poetic to practical -- what exactly are the wings doing during landing? -- the book will alter how you think about clouds and night and place.


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