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The Flying Book: Everything You've Ever Wondered About Flying on Airlines Paperback – 29 Jul 2004
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If you're moderately uncomfortable about flying, The Flying Book is likely to be of some reassurance. If you won't step inside the terminals at Heathrow for love nor money, then you need more help than David Blatner can offer. For the rest of us, The Flying Book is funny, contains more information about flying than you'll ever need, and it's a gold mine for one-liner airline stats (The Observer)
Hundreds of facts (are) packed into David Blatner's useful little tome (Erica Wagner, The Times)
About the Author
David Blatner is the author of nine books, including the best-selling Penguin book The Joy of Pi. He lives in Seattle, Washington, and can be found at moo.com.
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After reading this book, I feel much more informed about airplanes and flying; so much so I haven't had trouble flying ever since. I learned about the first flight in history, about pilot training and how airlines are operated, and about some of the most interesting airplanes ever constructed.
In addition, it satisfied my curiosity -and I believe every frequent flyer's curiosity- of some basic simple facts: how do airplanes take off AND stay in the air for hours on end? Why do the lights in the cabin switch off during take off and landing? The common belief that it's to direct more energy to the engines is wrong (and rather worrying); but read this book and you'll know exactly what goes on every minute of your flight.
By far the most useful section of the book deals with turbulence. This chapter is basically a physics lesson made simple. In short, he explains how a little movement by the plane results in the sensation of a large movement. He even explains how air pockets don't exist.
There is also plenty of information on every part of a plane flight, from pre-take off to landing. I actually read the along with the book during a recent flight. The only thing scary about that flight was how bang-on he was.
The book delves into other flight fear oriented subjects. This includes a chapter on media obsession with plane crashes.
This book has been printed in easy "carry on" size. I highly recommend white-knuckle types to take it on the plane. As soon as you hit turbulence, you'll feel like it's the smoothest flight you've ever been on!
The book is filled with facts from how a plane flies to how weather affects flying; from plane food to how not to flush a plane loo whilst you're still sitting on it!
It also details a pilots resoponsibilities and covers a the short history of commercial flight.
A super book for anyone who has flown and wonders about the uniquness of flight. Its simple, gives you more than you need to know and fails to bore.
It's a shame text books don't come in this format!
Firstly, it is quite out of date with details about airlines, airports etc.
Secondly, there were a number of chunks missing - unfinished sentences or words omitted, plus several spelling errors. I felt that the editing was very poor throughout.
Many of the snippets of information which were interspersed here and there, whilst interesting in content, seemed to have been placed at random with little or no reference to the context at that point.
Yes, there were some reassuring facts; I was especially grateful for the explanations of the "pings" which one hears soon after take-off and during the flight. Was always worried that the pilot was signalling a problem!
However,several chapters were of limited interest so I felt the price was rather a lot considering these drawbacks.
This book has opened my eyes to the inner workings in a way that it is very easily digestible. My wife has loaned my copy to most of her friends and every time she does I fear I wont see it again.I take it with me every time I fly now for the tips and whats that sound reference.
I can recommend this to anybody that is interested about flying or anybody that is worried about flying, also if you are interest in flying and have no knowledge of it this book is for you. If you are looking for a comprehensive technical reference to flying you should consider perhaps pilots manuals but for the rest of us this book is brilliant.
It is the kind of book where after reading it you can point out things to your partner, colleague or bored fellow passenger.
All in all, thoroughly recommended.
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