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Squawk 7700 Perfect Paperback – August 27, 2010
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I have just finished reading your book. I read it cover to cover in two days! Thanks for an exciting and informative story! I am impressed by the openness with which you describe your personal story....anyway, thanks again for the book that was missing, and the best of luck to you. I will spread the word of your book among my aviation friends. --Tom P. - Commercial Pilot, Danderyd, Sweden
An honest, inside look at the aviation industry from someone who lived it. --A.S. - Former regional airline captain
From the Author
What I learned about life during 10 years as a pilot is more than what some people learn in a lifetime. I had very intense emotions and vivid flashbacks while recalling, not all, but some of the experiences that helped compile this autobiography. This memoir might surprise those currently active in the industry because of what it reveals. Airline passengers curious about flight crew lifestyles and the daily stresses they face will find this story fascinating. I offer a glimpse from behind-the-scenes in the aviation industry and tell it from the inside looking out.
I describe the experience of flying poorly maintained equipment in horrendous weather conditions, all while earning food-stamp qualifying wages to reach a personal goal of flying for the major airlines. I share the emotions of not seeing a spouse or family for six months because of demanding schedules, frequent moves, and company control. I tell of the events leading up to the tragic loss of a co-worker because of an arrogant boss and describe day-to-day cost cutting measures taken by many aviation companies to help make money in an industry with very narrow profit margins. These shortcuts are rarely spoken of, and many pilots fail to acknowledge these business practices for fear of losing their flying careers permanently. I unveil the thoughts of flight crew members moments before they board a flight and the focus that is required to get the job done safely.
This book is dedicated to friends and family. A full comprehension of what I experienced as a career pilot is difficult to explain in a single novel; the stories presented here offer a view of the hardships and joyful moments of pursing a childhood goal of becoming a career airline pilot. Upon completion, readers should understand how I have achieved happiness in life by letting go of a childhood dream. After my experiences in the aviation industry, people will have a better understanding of who I am, where I am headed, and why.
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Top Customer Reviews
In fact, there was much more than that to enjoy. Not being a pilot, the book gave me an introduction to the regional airline industry that was both educational and interesting.
I was also pleasantly surprised with the ability of his writing to bring me into the moment and experience the emotions that he experienced. Anger, fear and frustration filled me as I read Pete's account of his first day finally flying for the regional airline and through the following week. I truly felt the relief that came with the decision to make flying a hobby instead of a career.
Though the book will obviously be really valuable to people in aviation or for those considering it as a career, I'm strongly recommending it to those who haven't had an interest in aviation or aviation literature in the past. It will be an exciting and interesting read!
Now, my mind can rest. The trials, the privations, the sacrifices that young men and women face as they strive to rack up those flying hours necessary for a chance at that left seat in an airliner are hard to imagine, unless you read this book. Even if you never attain or even want a pilot's license - if you are just a passenger on a regional airline you should know that the person in the Flight Officer's seat is making less money than the man who picks up your garbage and likely has had only 6 hours sleep in the last two days.
This book is a must read for anyone from the young student pilot to the business person who regularly flies the airlines. As the author points out so well, the airline industry and the FAA care little about your safety. The airline will cut any corner, break any rule to make a buck. And the FAA is so lax in their supervision the people who run the aviation business literally get away with murder. Congratulations to the author for finally realizing that his pursuit of an aviation career was not nearly as important as the love of family and a more realistic life.
In the words of Jeff Skiles, this book is a must read for anyone who flies or is considering a career in aviation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read a great deal and have been fascinated with aviation for decades. I only have 18 hours of dual/solo time in the 70 s. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MP
Great read! Really gave perspective on the trials of trying to be a commercial pilot. It's also criminal how terrible the pay is a the regional airlines. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Invidious
As a corporate pilot, I always get asked if my ultimate goal is flying for the airlines. It's amazing to think that the general public believes that an airline flying job is the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alex Minium
A must read for everyone interested in becoming a line pilot. Riveting book for general public, too.Published 2 months ago by jaksamatej
I gave this 4 stars because I love flying...not because it's a literary masterpiece. This guy does a good job of telling his story of the difficulties he had in getting into... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David P. Husak
I really liked this book. The flying parts were well-thought-out and the ending was even better.Published 4 months ago by Old Geek
A great read. An interesting insight into what goes on behind the scene. Quite technical but that was OK with me.Published 6 months ago by Ernie McLay