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Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections Paperback – May 7, 2013

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Editorial Reviews

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"Brilliant...A book to be savored and passed to friends."
-- William Langewiesche, Vanity Fair

“Nobody covers the airline experience like Patrick Smith. He brings balance and clarity to a subject all too often over-hyped. And, he's a damned good writer.”
-- Clive Irving, Conde Nast Traveler

“I wish I could fold up Patrick Smith and put him in my suitcase.  He seems to know everything worth knowing about flying.”
-- Stephen Dubner, coauthor of Freakonomics

“Patrick Smith is extraordinarily knowledgeable about modern aviation, and communicates beautifully in English, not in pilot-ese. Th ideal seatmate, companion, writer and explainer.”
-- Alex Beam, Boston Globe

“A brilliant writer, Patrick Smith provides a laugh-a-page tour of a misunderstood industry -- a journey into the world of aviation, stripped of the mumbo-jumbo and filled with humor and insight.”
-- Christine Negroni, aviation correspondent and author of Flying Lessons

"Patrick Smith doesn’t just know everything about air travel, he possesses a rare knack for explaining it in lucid and witty prose."
-- Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler

“Patrick Smith is one of the best writers around, period, which certainly makes him by far the best writer ever to have earned a commercial pilot's license. A soaring accomplishment, indispensable for anyone who travels by air, which means everyone.
-- James Kaplan

"Wonderful"
-- Rudy Maxa

“Patrick Smith manages to demystify the experience and remind us of the magic of aviation. Also he has a great sense of humor – which is critical when you are wedged into seat 14D on a regional jet.”
-- Chris Bohjalian

“Brilliantly down to earth and reassuring”
-- Cath Urquhart, The Times (London)

 "What a pleasure it is reading Patrick Smith's surprisingly elegant explanations and commentary.  The world needs somebody writing E.B. White simple and sensible about a topic everyone has a question about."   
-- Berke Breathed

“Patrick Smith doesn’t just know everything about air travel, he possesses a rare knack for explaining it in lucid and witty prose.”
-- Barbara Peterson,

Condé Nast Travele"Cockpit Confidential is the document that belongs in the seat-back pocket in front of you."   
-- David Pogue, New York Times correspondent and PBS television host

About the Author

Patrick Smith is a New York Times bestselling author, airline pilot, air travel writer, and the host of www.askthepilot.com. He has visited more than seventy countries and always asks for a window seat. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Product details

  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1402280912
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1402280917
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
  • Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
  • Publisher : Sourcebooks; 4.1.2013 edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 759 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, straightforward read
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