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Dangerous Lessons and Guardian Angels: An airline pilot's story by [Spivack, PJ]
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About the Author

The author began his working career as senior field engineer for IT&T in Greenland on Project Dew-Drop, a formally top secret, tropospheric scatter communication site. After working in Greenland, the author became chief engineer of twelve radio broadcast stations in France for the U.S.Department of Defense. Captain Spivack's aviation career began with flying guns on the Lockheed Super Constellation for the Independent Nigerians in Africa, ferrying DC-4’s across the North Atlantic, then piloting C-46 cargo planes up and down the Berlin Air Corridor during the cold war. Captain Spivack has flown for Capitol International Airways as DC-8 and DC10 captain, flying passengers worldwide on both scheduled and charter flights. Captain Spivack has also flown for, Aerolineas Latinas, Southern Air Transport, Transtar airlines, Leisure air, Korean Airlines, Great American Airlines, and Ryan International Airlines. PJ Spivack is licensed as an airline Captain in Douglas DC-8, DC-9, DC-10 and Boeing 747-300 aircraft. He has been an FAA designated check airman for two airlines, on the Douglas DC-10 widebody aircraft. Additionally, the author holds a USCG Ships Masters license. The author has been a member of MENSA and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2247 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Belle Air Aviation Press; Second edition edition (23 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008K9DZUK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,894 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is one of the most absorbing books that I have ever read. It combines the interest of writers like Ernie Gann, the fluency of Richard Bach and the dedication to aviation of a true aircraft lover. When Jay talks about a particular airplane, the reader can almost feel the emotions, either love or toleration. I found it almost impossible to put down. As an author (Skytrucker) and a former transport pilot, I thoroughly endorse this book and would suggest that the next thing you do is to buy it and read it for yourself!

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A beautifully paced book. I found it hard to put down. We journey with the author from rookie learner to first officer and eventually to captain. His joy in his profession shines through. The benefits of a successful aviation career are celebrated with him and the closing pages aimed a young would be pilots are wise and thoughtful.
A wonderful read.
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This is a readable memoir from the days when people, not computers, flew airplanes and being an airline pilot was an adventure. Pilot memoirs are written by the pilots who were lucky enough to live to retirement and this one is par for the course.
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More like an extremely well written diary than a book but very good nonetheless. The author takes you from the cowboy days of flying to more or less the modern day. He illuminates how the industry has changed but the stories of how he dealt with various in flight challenges are far more interesting and exciting. The author also offers good tips on how to break into and succeed in the airline industry. A good companion - albeit far different - book to this is Ernie Gann's "Fate Is The Hunter".
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Fate is the Hunter really started something and I am now finding the current crop of commercial pilot memoirs as entertaining as the military pilots efforts. This book being no exception. I took this book on holiday and read it in a couple of days to the consternation of the missus who wanted to be out and about.
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I really enjoyed this book! P J Spivack has led a fascinating life in general and in the aviation world in particular. Some of his flying experiences are hair raising! As a pritae pilot I could really relate to the stories. He has an informative and easy style of writing. Recommended if you are interested in aircraft and flying (and also fly fishing!).
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A superb collection of experiences and stories - very well told. I have settled on the fact that the reality of flying today is not what it was, and so have chosen another career path. Having books like this to read give me the opportunity to look back on the better years of flying. The pace is great, and there's a perfect balance between technical detail, humour and the character of the author.
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Exciting informative PJ Spivack is an airman and Captain of consummate skill. he explained the complication of Flying in a way I could understand . The book also has a lot of human interest. I did not like or need the list of air accidents at the end and quickly gave up on this part of the book.. very interesting read I would recommend..
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