As an experienced British Airways captain, turned media commentator, Terry is in a unique position to give an insight into a previously hidden world. He tells riveting stories that demonstrate a creeping erosion of the hard won safety standards that have made airline travel the safest means of transport. Yet this book is an easy, story-based read. Writing from his own and other pilots’ experiences, the author examines vital safety issues, such as pilots so tired they can hardly function, or even falling asleep. He brings official reports to life in understandable and compelling language. You will ride on the flight decks of a variety of aircraft and witness extraordinary scenes.
His forthcoming book, Anatomy of an Air Crash – How Culture Decides Your Fate, will inform the air traveller.
Have you ever wondered who you should avoid flying with? This book asks whether we are becoming complacent about safety and sets out the author’s concerns over the change of direction the airline industry has taken after decades of increasing safety. It will also help you choose your airline with an insight into what makes one safer than another.
Writing from his own and other pilots’ experiences, the author examines vital safety issues, such as pilots so tired they can hardly function or even falling asleep. He brings official reports to life in understandable and compelling language. These stories of accidents and incidents in flight illustrate the concerns that he and his fellow pilots share. He offers original solutions and highlights issues that have been raised by pilot’s unions but so far ignored or resisted by the industry and those who regulate it.
This fascinating insight into an airline pilot’s world allows the reader to fly with the author and witness the skills and challenges that are all part of a pilot’s working day. Experience the breath-taking challenges of a pilot in training and the all too real story of the Concorde tragedy and learn of a little known controversy over the final accident report. The story that you think you know may not be the whole picture.
Even nervous flyers will benefit from understanding how pilots think and what really matters. For example, do you need to worry about turbulence or funny noises?
Principle points of the book:
- A ride on the flight deck of several airliners to witness events hard to imagine
- An explanation of the inside stories of the Airline Industry in layman’s language
- Insights into how pilots think and fly
- An insider’s critique of the global airline industry and the changes pilots would like to see
- Passengers’ concerns: Turbulence, ‘funny noises’ and other common fears explained.
- The questionable quality of the air that passengers and crews sometimes have to breathe (see article)
- Air Traffic Control – The richest country in the world has a system in crisis
- The Crash Detectives investigating the Concorde Tragedy