- Also check our best rated Biography reviews
Trust Me I'm the Pilot Paperback – 9 Oct 2012
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
On the other hand the author comes across as deeply dislikable to the point that on a few occasions I struggled to keep reading. He adores Margaret Thatcher and thinks Norman Tebbit would have been "the best British prime minister of the last 50 years". More seriously he appears to detest anyone and anything which doesn’t originate from the south east of England, particularly “Frogs”, “Krauts”, “Jocks” and Asian cleaners. He even manages to use the “N word” twice (locs 1161 and 2264 if you doubt me).
The standard of writing is appalling and if the book was edited at all it must have been by somebody who had English as a poor third language. Anyone who writes for publication really should understand the difference between “recant” and “recount”, ‘incredulous” and “incredible” (“I still find it incredulous…..”), “sufferance” and “suffrage” and many more such examples. Some sentences are plain gibberish like this at loc 5260 - “I was ordered off the flight deck instantly to wait in the Queen’s Building with the instructions of concocting an excuse with the intent of attempting to save my career”. Eh?
Some reviewers are clearly more forgiving and tolerant than me but as a Scot I found the author’s attitude towards my country and my countrymen even more offensive than his mangling of the English language. (“He was also a pervert and a drinker. If I had to live in Scotland I probably would be as well.” Ha, ha, ha, how amusing.)
I think I’m being generous in awarding two stars.
up in a neat package. I suspected the full story could probably fill a few chapters of a book, so I bought this in anticipation of an informative read and it did not disappoint. The author's closest friend was one of the Trident pilots who lost his life in the crash and he provides a compelling insight into the culture of working for UK airlines in the era of industrial unrest, cliques amongst management, the strange hierarchy and his own views on what led to the tragedy. However it isn't a depressing read. There are plenty of tales from the author's own flying experience that will entertain, make you laugh out loud and just scare you into wondering if you really should step on that next aircraft!
The continual harking back to the Staines Trident accident became tedious. It was indeed an awful event, but time and again Tourtoulon states that the management culture in BEA was the primary cause. History. Move on.
There are some well known stories, eg the undoing of the bolts holding the chandelier in a Russian hotel, have been told many a time. Some of Tourtoulon's anecdotes read as if he had experienced the events first hand.
I can't help coming to the conclusion that Tourtoulon followed the wrong career. He might have made a damn good politician or lawyer but 20 years (on his own admission) before getting in the captain's set sounds an awfully long time for someone who knew it all.
I also flew from Southend and I was glad to see a couple of names that I recognised. I also committed gliding with a Silver C and gold height. I was a Court pilot by the way!
Alan, if you let me have your email address, it would be good to touch base with you.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Slightly over long. Will probably re read as there is lots of technical interest to understand.