I agree and disagree with the review. Clearly William Langewiesche is taken by the Airbus design philosophy of flght envelope protection which has not been embraced by Boeing. That aside I enjoyed "Fly By Wire" enormously. The philosophical discussion regarding envelope protection will, I expect, go on for many generations and without a clear resolution one way or the other. I for one never flew the A-320 much to my regret. By the time I was eligible seniority wise I was to close to retirement so the company paid me A-320 rates to remain on the DC-9. In Langewiesches' book I liked his inclusion of the role of Bernard Ziegler, the Airbus engineer, who played in the scenario even in as sense on the final approach to the Hudson. I found the book well written and well researched. One can argue about the two philosophies, Boeing's and Airbus', add infinitum and I agree do with Shipman's comments about experience and skill. That will never change. But Sullenburger and Skiles did an outstanding job in the cockpit or this accident would have had a very different ending. I agree with Shipman about the chapter on migratory geese which I found superflous. All in all I give Langewiesche and "A". He's a good writer and it shows. For those with aviation background the book is a great read nd for those without it's still a good read.
Captain (Ret) Roger H Waldman
Langewiesche's description of the flight from the point of impact of the geese until touchdown on the Hudson had me rivited to the pages. I felt as though I was in that cockpit. That's the mark of a good writer who knew his subject.