Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know about Air Travel: Questions, Answers, & Reflections – Patrick Smith

Category: Travel

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” column, separates 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.


Cockpit Confidential - Part 01

Cockpit Confidential - Part 02

Cockpit Confidential - Part 03

Cockpit Confidential - Part 04

Cockpit Confidential - Part 05

Cockpit Confidential - Part 06

Cockpit Confidential - Part 07

Cockpit Confidential - Part 08