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In Free Flight, Fallows details an "impending, potentially broad change" in how we travel--one that he compares to the introduction of the car. This shift involves the use of small planes that "offer much of the speed, and as much as possible of the safety, of the big airlines, but at a small fraction of the cost of today's corporate jets." In this new world, people would either buy their own planes or hire piloted air-taxi services for no more than current coach fares. These planes would fly as directly as possible from one destination to another, taking advantage of the 18,000 small airports and landing strips currently available across the country.
Focusing on the colorful personalities and visionary designers leading this nascent transportation revolution, Fallows looks at the opportunities and obstacles small-plane manufacturers are likely to face. A national correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly and a recreational pilot, Fallows is both knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. Portions of the book will appeal mainly to flight enthusiasts and venture capitalists, but the bulk is interesting enough to hold the attention of those who are neither. And it's short enough that you can read it cover-to-cover the next time you're stuck at a hub. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Enjoyed the history lesson and now better understand some of the challenges of Cirrus and Eclipse Aircraft as they struggled in the early days toward their goals in a changing... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Donald Turrell
This is a fine summary of what was, at the turn of the century, considered a probable development: a nationwide system of "air taxis" built around fast, small jet aircraft... Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Tabarlet
This is a very interesting book about how aviation could be much cheaper and much better. It is a little dated, published more than 10 years ago, and one of the companies featured,... Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by Ralph Willington
The author of this book, James Fallows, is a journalist and private pilot. This book is his presentation of an alternate mode of air travel that he believes is coming into... Read morePublished on October 12, 2008 by Newton Ooi
The advent of the technologically innovative Klapmeier brother's Cirrus design brings new hope to the Gospel of flight. Read morePublished on May 27, 2007 by James Hoogerwerf
A well written review of the current horrors of commercial airline travel. Fallows hopes that GA ( non commercial ) developers and manufacturers can produce small planes which will... Read morePublished on January 11, 2006 by S. A Sayre
Free Flight, as outlined in other reviews, about the Cirrus Aircraft Co. and Eclipse Aircraft Co. Both are relatively new to the industry of building "certified"... Read morePublished on January 20, 2004 by Steve Carroll
I bought this book for a very practical reason. In the aftermath of 9-11 I was thinking about moving to Smith Mountain Lake, four hours drive to the South of Washington, D.C. Read morePublished on May 24, 2003 by Robert David STEELE Vivas