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Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Langewiesche, an award-winning journalist and pilot, is at home with his subject, and he has interviewed virtually everyone who could give input into this story, creating a vibrant, lively, and thoughtful analysis of all the individual elements--including luck--which contributed to this happy ending. At the same time, he also analyzes some of the elements which may have led to the accident, including the issue of bird strikes throughout aviation history and why they happen. In his attempt to give the complete picture, Langewiesche also considers the financial problems of the airlines, the power of the pilots' unions, the comfortable relationship between the NTSB and the airlines and unions, and the competition between Airbus and Boeing.Read more ›
For the record, Langewiesche has nothing but high praise for Captain Sullenberger and his crew. He agrees that they did a superb job under incredibly difficult conditions, and the fact that they did it in an Airbus A320 takes nothing away from their accomplishment. As near as I can tell, the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 are real heroes and deserve the praise they have received.
"Fly by wire" technology combines electrical control circuits and digital computers to replace traditional hydraulic and mechanical flight control systems. Langewiesche really "pokes the bear" and elicits a strong emotional response from many of his readers when he suggests that "fly by wire" was a major contributor to the Miracle on the Hudson. Readers who want their heroes to be like Beowulf, brave and omnisciently skilled, dislike the suggestion that Captain Sullenberger and his team may have been helped by the revolutionary design of the A320.Read more ›
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Excellent read for the aviation enthusiast and others. Great account of the Hudson landing along with the relevant side stories.Published 7 months ago by Jeff
I was really not interested in reading about a full account of the Miracle on the Hudson, the US Air flight that a bird strike and landed on the Hudson with the loss of no souls in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Narut Ujnat
“Fly by Wire” by William Langewiesche was a surprise find… of the best kind!
I happened to stumble upon an article, a while back, that this author had written for Vanity... Read more
This book presents a bit of a paradox: A good, fast paced easy read filled with some compelling and useful information, much of which is factual and sound, intriguing and thought... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michael R. Lachance
Good book with lots of details never anticipated. What seemed like just a bird strike incident was not a simple single cause event but involved many, many factors and bad luck. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Seatoy
Wow! Everything you wanted to know and then some about the "miracle on the Hudson." A fascinating read.Published 17 months ago by TK Sailor
Very informative but never really engaging. Not Langewiesche's best.Published 17 months ago by Carroll Brown