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Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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The content of the book is what I found problematic and why the lower rating. While I enjoyed a lot of the clarification information on what things mean that are said from the flight deck and by the flight attendants, explanations of tardy flights, noises, etc. which were all things you might want or need to know, there were long descriptions and discussions on things that you don't need to know and likely won't ever need to know, such as a favorite place of Smith to eat in some remote place in Africa or even in Brussels. The repeated monologuing about his opinion or aircraft and airport aesthetics served no real purpose to the traveler. In fact, much of the book seems to not be what the traveler needs to know about flying on an aircraft, but Smith's complaints that he wants known being made to various airlines and airports because they are not appealing to him. A whole chapter was dedicated to logos and names and was almost completely a waste of time, especially the parts about which logos he did and did not like. Why does anyone NEED to know this?
Smith does not like conspiracy theories and makes that clear initially in the book, especially about issues such as chemtrails and the whole 9/11 mess. However, later in the book, he proposes his own conspiracy theory that airport security is done for the purpose of making the manufacturers of security equipment richer, stating emphatically that such measures are virtually useless. I have to agree that such measures are of limited value, but the unsupported position that security was beefed up to make scanner manufacturers rich is hogwash.
He also properly noted that Sully Sullivan's miracle landing on the Hudson wasn't really a miracle at all, but professionalism and a lot of circumstantial luck. His explanation here is very good. He goes out of his way to not that Sullivan is NOT a hero for the landing and there I have to agree as well. However, later he describes meeting an aviation hero, a surviving pilot of the Tenerife disaster. Why the Tenerife pilot is a hero and Sully Sullivan isn't is not clear. Absolutely nothing described in the book indicated anything heroic by this pilot except having survived being hit by another plane on the runway.
The book just sort of stops at the end with no real conclusion, summary, or consensus.
There is a lot of good information in the book, no doubt, but you have to plow through a bunch of extraneous information and opinion to get to a lot of it and a lot of it does not exactly proceed in a contextual order.
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