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Flight to St Antony Paperback – 1 Jun 2008
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About the Author
Tony Blackman has spent his life in the aircraft industry as a test pilot, as an avionics specialist and then on the Board of UK Civil Aviation Authority as the Technical Member.
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The book builds on his earlier aviation thriller books, with an easier flow of technology and a relaxed and entertaining style. The author has a good - nay an excellent - command of aircraft technologies, which is a good part of the pleasure of reading. He skilfully weaves his way through the latest aviation developments (think the 777 crash earlier in 2008 at Heathrow), and then mixes that with human adventure, crime and romance. This is a really good book for anyone who is aviation-minded, as are his earlier books. I confess to having purchased all the others over the last year or two, and I've read them a couple of times each. If you can tell the difference between a CVR and a FDR, or wonder if the 2nd 28volt generator on an engine really gives adequate redundancy, then prepare yourself for a good read. The girls add a twinkle. And if you are looking for a gift for someone who is aviation-minded, you can't go wrong with this book. It'll be a good read for anyone from a serious pilot through to an enthusiast.
It is a mystery concerning the ditching of a modern twin engined passenger aircraft operated by a major British airline at the end of a transatlantic flight to the Caribbean island of St Antony. The accident brings to the island the usual gathering of accident inspectors, company flight managers and an assessor from the company carrying the insurance liability. It is this last person who digs deeper than most in his investigation; who starts to uncover certain irregularities and finally the real reason for the accident.
It will be of particular interest not only to aviators, since it written in their language with plenty of aeronautical definitions, but also to those outside the industry. There is an excellent table of aviation acronyms at the beginning of the book to refer to. As someone with 36 years experience in commercial aviation, I had a few experiences where events lead to incidents. In all of them, where was management input to the event and when the enquiry took place, there were sometimes attempts to sweep certain factors under the carpet. I shall say no more at this point for fear of giving readers too many clues.
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