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Skyfaring : a journey with a pilot

Author: Mark Vanhoenacker
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Vanhoenacker
ISBN: 9780385351812 038535181X
OCLC Number: 950976775
Description: 352 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Mark Vanhoenacker.

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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, limning a simultaneously humbling and almost superhuman activity which can afford us unparalleled perspectives on the planet we inhabit and the communities we form"--

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