Date finished: 2014-03-22
Author Patrick Smith writes a column called "Ask the Pilot", and this book collects many questions and answers on flying and air travel. Questions include things like: what training do pilots get? Can someone open the plane doors during flight? What's the "last-minute paperwork" that sometimes delays takeoff? Do tires ever blow out during landing? Smith takes the questions seriously but leavens the answers with humour. I was surprised that being a pilot is a surprisingly crappy job: pay is strictly specified based on seniority and isn't outstanding for juniour staffers, and lay-offs immediately affect the N pilots lowest on the seniority list. While the travel benefits are nice, the hours are long, schedules and routes change often, and getting a job at a major carrier is no longer guaranteed. Airlines are in a vicious price battle, forced to cut ticket prices to the bone and reducing amenities accordingly; airline travel was once a luxury and a treat, but now it's a misery to be gotten through.
%T Cockpit Confidential %S Everything You Need to Know ABout Air Travel %A Smith, Patrick %W http://www.askthepilot.com/ %K transportation %G ISBN 978-1-4022-8091-7 %I Sourcebooks %P 287pp %D 2013 %@ 2014-03-22