Whatever Were You Thinking Of, Captain?: A Handbook for Airline Passengers

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kea publishing, 2002 - Air travel - 80 pages
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This book is aimed at all those passengers who are interested in more than the arrival of their aircraft safely and on time. It first explains how crews go about their work and the background to airline operations, including some technical aspects couched in understandable terms. It then follows the logical sequence of a flight from the planning stage to 'after landing' chores, commenting on what goes through a Captain's mind and the sort of decisions he has to take. Occasionally it has been necessary to digress in order to include some point of interest or anecdote. There are appendices listing the pre-and post-1956 phonetic alphabets and international aircraft registration prefixes, allowing easy identification of the countries of origin of aircraft seen.
 

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Contents

Preface
8
Background Matters
23
Preflight Planning and Checks
49
Descent Approach and Landing
64
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