How to Land a Plane


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5.5 X 0.5 X 7.6 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Mark Vanhoenacker is the author of the international bestseller Skyfaring, a Financial Times columnist, and a regular contributor to The New York Times and Slate. A management consultant until 2001, Vanhoenacker is a Senior First Officer for British Airways. He recently piloted his final flight with his beloved Boeing 747 (which he chronicled for Financial Times) and now flies 787s for British Airways.


The Daily Mail and The Spectator Book of the Year, 2017
A Points Guy Best Travel Book of 2019

"A good choice for anyone who's fantasized about suddenly having to get an aircraft safely down on the ground . . . walks you through some of the basics of flight and landing, from how to recognize a cluster of instruments known as the 'six pack' to knowing what purpose the PAPI lights near the runway serve."--Popular Science

"A work of humorous and outright poetic travel geekery."--National Geographic Traveler

"Charming and chuckle-filled, this little primer explains much of what goes into the act of flying--from takeoff to touchdown."--Air & Space Smithsonian

"Simple, enjoyable and the book makes for a quick read. Who knows? Maybe you'll inspire a future pilot with this gift."--The Points Guy

"With a unique wit and immense expertise, Vanhoenacker illuminates the mysteries of flight in a straightforward manner that even beginners can enjoy. . . . Readers will feel like they are in the captain's seat as the author . . . does an excellent job of making air-travel accessible and enjoyable."--Hook magazine

"A remarkably good idea . . . illuminates the practical reality of piloting in a concise and useful manner."--Times Literary Supplement

"Perfect inflight reading . . . brilliant."--The Sunday Times

"Explains simply and clearly the abiding mysteries of flight."--Daily Mail