"Mr. Buffington is not a professional author. He is a professional pilot and he has a personal story to tell. Whether you are a pilot or dream of becoming one, this book should be part of your library of books about flying. It is one insider's look at starting out in the world of a professional aviation career. It is a heartfelt and sometimes emotional story of personal and career growth that takes you from small town student pilot to the right seat of a regional passenger airliner. Along the way, it describes the joys, the obstacles and the trade offs that must be made to advance a career in aviation today. One of the reasons this book will connect with readers, both inside and outside of aviation, is that Mr. Buffington tells an interesting tale of being challenged by personal or ethical choices that we all face in advancing our careers. There are those who will make the compromises, look the other way, remain silent, or simply go along to get along or get ahead. You will be glad to read that he did not - and instead chose to do the right thing for him and his family. His example can and will encourage others. This book should not discourage anyone from thinking about or pursuing a career as a professional pilot. But it tempers the pure joy of flying with the earth-bound realities that professional airline pilots face today." -DRZakos
Squawk 7700, an aviation autobiography by Peter M. Buffington, tells of his personal adventure into the world of aviation to achieve a professional airline pilot career. He provides riveting details of daily operations within the aviation industry, and the struggles flight crew members face to maintain their lifestyles.
Buckle your seatbelt and prepare for an eye-opening, turbulent ride into the world of aviation from the pilot's seat. From student pilot at age 15, to flight instructor, to nighttime cargo pilot, and finally to first officer aboard the ATR 42 and ATR 72 turboprop airliners, island hopping across the Caribbean, Buffington relates his personal experiences. He explains why recent accidents, like Colgan Air Flight 3407, in Buffalo, NY, and Comair Flight 5191, in Lexington, KY, can occur.
- Peter Buffington, November 2009
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