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A New York Times bestseller

For millions of people, travel by air is a confounding, uncomfortable, and even fearful experience. Patrick Smith, airline pilot and author of the web's popular Ask the Pilot feature, separates the fact from fallacy and tells you everything you need to know...

•How planes fly, and a revealing look at the men and women who fly them
•Straight talk on turbulence, pilot training, and safety
•The real story on congestion, delays, and the dysfunction of the modern airport
•The myths and misconceptions of cabin air and cockpit automation
•Terrorism in perspective, and a provocative look at security
•Airfares, seating woes, and the pitfalls of airline customer service
•The colors and cultures of the airlines we love to hate

Cockpit Confidential covers not only the nuts and bolts of flying, but also the grand theater of air travel, from airport architecture to inflight service to the excitement of travel abroad. It's a thoughtful, funny, at times deeply personal look into the strange and misunderstood world of commercial flying.

It's the ideal book for frequent flyers, nervous passengers, and global travelers.

Refreshed and vastly expanded from the original Ask the Pilot, with approximately 75 percent new material.


Cockpit Confidential
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Cockpit Confidential
June 25th, 2014
Fun insight into the airline world. Well written, funny and informative.
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March 26th, 2014
Mmmmmm. Learnt some things but otherwise it's just an American boasting about America
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Book of Answers
February 9th, 2014
This book covered it all, from walking through the security gate till 35'000 feet up in the sky. I got answers to all of my questions I've had during flights. A must read!
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Fun and interesting facts.
February 2nd, 2014
Every reader who is interested in learning more about airplane travel will find something to learn in this book. The author does a good job in providing good information without losing the lay person in all the technical aspects. Fun read and good facts to consider and know.
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