Skyfaring

Skyfaring

A Journey With A Pilot

Book - 2015
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"The twenty-first century has relegated airplane flight--a once remarkable feat of human ingenuity--to the realm of the mundane. When most people today think of flying, they imagine tedious routines that involve security checkpoints, exorbitant baggage fees, shrinking legroom, and frustrating delays. Mark Vanhoenacker, a 747 pilot who gave up careers in academia and the business world to pursue his childhood dream of flight, asks us to re-imagine what we--both as pilots and as passengers--are actually doing when we enter the world between departure and discovery. In a seamless fusion of history, politics, geography, meteorology, ecology, family, and physics, the author vaults across geographical and cultural boundaries, above mountains, oceans, and deserts, through snow, wind, and rain, renewng a simultaneously humbling and almost superhuman activity which can afford us unparalleled perspectives on the planet we inhabit and the communities we form"--
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
ISBN: 9780385351812
038535181X
9780385351829
Branch Call Number: 629.1325 VANHOENACKER
Characteristics: 352 pages ; 22 cm

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brangwinn
Feb 13, 2018

If you fly and are the person who wants the window seat, you’ll relate to this book. It’s not a conventional pilot’s book. Instead the author takes you on a journey with him. You learn about different planes, coming from Seattle hearing compliments about the 747 is music t my ears, but what was most interesting was information about how pilots fly without GPS, what are things pilots like in the cockpit. What will stay with me though on a personal level is the term “place-lag”, traveling from airport to airport isn’t much different that “Jet-lag” confusion about where you are. One of the best books I’ve read. I thought it sounded interesting, but I didn’t expect to be reading it aloud to my husband because each chapter was filled with interesting tidbits and details.

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Gingerman_0
Dec 29, 2017

Very good read.

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patcarstensen
Jul 16, 2016

Ranging from poetic to practical -- what exactly are the wings doing during landing? -- the book will alter how you think about clouds and night and place.

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