“Christopher Bartlett’s new book is two books in one; “smart flying guide” and not least aviation dictionary, for everyone from casual holiday deal-seekers to those with a deep passion for all things with wings.
SOME of the topics covered in the FIRST THIRD of the book:
Tips on how to book the best and best value seat–not always the cheapest. Credit cards and frequent flyer programs. Expiration and transfer of air miles (points). Personalized pricing and ruses you can use to beat the airline’s computer.
Seats at check-in, Travel light, Overbooking—your rights, No-fly list, Bad weather, Flat tire rule, Upgrade & Upselling, Airport lounges, Passport & Security checks, Body imaging devices and Smoking.
The dispatcher, Checklist, Minimum equipment list, Minimum configuration list, Essential items—medication, etc., Leave luggage behind!, The Aircraft, Are Only Two engines safe?, If engines fail?, Flight plan , and Ultra-long-haul fuel.
Stuck on taxiway, “Doors to automatic,” Taxiing, Runway identification, Aircon switched off, Sterile cockpit, Ready for takeoff, Takeoff scenario, Technical problem, Bird strikes,“Miracle on the Hudson,” Wake turbulence, Chimes and dings.
“Flight level,” Two altimeters, Airspeed (knot/Mach), Cruising speed, Coffin corner, What is a stall?, Center of gravity, Cabin pressure, Cabin air quality, Humidity, Dirty surfaces, Turbulence, Clear Air Turbulence, Severe weather, and Decompression.
Navigation, Avoiding midair collisions, Aircraft flies itself, Today’s pilots, CRM—Crew Resource Management, Pilots’ mental state,
Avoid the queue, Landing cards, Not catastrophic!, Holding pattern, Flight times—outbound and inbound, Bad weather (landing).
“Doors to manual,” Remain seated,
A thank-you, Connecting flight, Customs and immigration, United States, Beware—be aware, Conclusion.
The LAST TWO-THIRDS of PLANE CLEVER CONSISTS of the Flying Dictionary which is also the glossary for Air Crashes and Miracle Landings:
A retired BA captain found interesting facts
besides the technical ones which of course as a pilot
he already knew:“I’ve only dipped into the book for a few minutes, and already I’ve learnt so many interesting facts.The origin of the term ‘deadheading’, the P of P-51 and the mysterious D. B. Cooper, to name but a few!
And I really enjoy your writing style”
— K. L.