Up In The Air

Author: Walter Kirn
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 1400033241
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Ryan Bingham’s job as a Career Transition Counselor–he fires people–has kept him airborne for years. Although he has come to despise his line of work, he has come to love the culture of what he calls “Airworld,” finding contentment within pressurized cabins, anonymous hotel rooms, and a wardrobe of wrinkle-free slacks. With a letter of resignation sitting on his boss’s desk, and the hope of a job with a mysterious consulting firm, Ryan Bingham is agonizingly close to his ultimate goal, his Holy Grail: one million frequent flier miles. But before he achieves this long-desired freedom, conditions begin to deteriorate. With perception, wit, and wisdom, Up in the Air combines brilliant social observation with an acute sense of the psychic costs of our rootless existence, and confirms Walter Kirn as one of the most savvy chroniclers of American life.

Love At First Flight

Author: Tess Woods
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
ISBN: 1460705416
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What if you met the love of your life and he wasn't your husband? An AusRom Today People's Choice Award winner that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty, viewers of Offspring, The Good Wife and movies like Up in the Air. Mel is living the dream. She's a successful GP, married to a charming anaesthetist and raising a beautiful family in their plush home in Perth. But when she boards a flight to Melbourne, her picture-perfect life unravels. Seated on the plane she meets Matt, and for the first time ever she falls turbulently in love. What begins as a flirty conversation quickly develops into a hot and obsessive affair, with consequences that Mel and Matt seem incapable of facing. As the fallout hits friends and family, Mel's dream romance turns into a nightmare. She learns that there are some wounds that never heal and some scars that you wouldn't do without. LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT will take everything you believe about true love and spin it on its head. 'I thought this was terrific -- passionate, sexy and wise, with a continual ebb and flow of emotion and utterly persuasive characters. I loved it' Rosie de Courcy, UK editor of author Maeve Binchy 'Love at First Flight is no light romp in the hay. It's a mature, finely drawn effort that examines the emotions and motives behind an affair -- and, ultimately, its ramifications. I dare you to resist' Jennifer Ammoscato, author of Dear Internet: It's Me Avery.

Author: Αντουάν ντε Σαιντ-Εξυπερύ
Publisher: Pelekanos Books
ISBN: 960400946X
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Γεννημένος στη Λυών στη Γαλλία, το 1900, ο Antoine de Saint-Exupéry θεωρούσε τον εαυτό του πιλότο πάνω απ’ όλα. Σε διάστημα είκοσι χρόνων, πραγματοποίησε πλήθος αποστολών χαρτογράφησης και ταχυδρομικών πτήσεων για εμπορικές αεροπορικές εταιρείες. Το θέμα των αερομεταφορών αποτέλεσε σταθμό στην επαγγελματική του πορεία και σημείο έναρξης στις λογοτεχνικές του αναζητήσεις. Η συγγραφή του Μικρού Πρίγκιπα ξεκινά κατά τη διάρκεια του Β΄ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου, όταν ο Saint-Exupéry αναγκάζεται να εγκαταλείψει την αεροπορία, μετά την εισβολή της Γερμανίας στα γαλλικά εδάφη, και να βρει καταφύγιο στη Νέα Υόρκη. Το στοιχείο ακριβώς της νοσταλγίας της παιδικής ηλικίας μέσα στον Μικρό Πρίγκιπα φανερώνει την έντονη επιθυμία του Saint-Exupéry να επιστρέψει στη Γαλλία καθώς και την ελπίδα του αυτό να συμβεί σε καιρό ειρήνης. Η υπόθεση του Μικρού Πρίγκιπα διαδραματίζεται στην έρημο Σαχάρα. To αεροπλάνο τού αφηγητή-πιλότου έχει συντριβεί στην έρημο. Ο ίδιος έχει μείνει με ελάχιστη τροφή και νερό. Προσπαθώντας να εκτιμήσει τις αντικειμενικές δυσκολίες της συντριβής, προσεγγίζεται από τον Μικρό Πρίγκιπα, ένα σοβαρό μικρό ξανθό αγόρι που του ζητά να του ζωγραφίσει ένα αρνάκι. Ο αφηγητής απαντάει θετικά στο αίτημα του περίεργου μικρού που στέκεται απέναντί του. Σύντομα γίνονται φίλοι και ο Μικρός Πρίγκιπας πληροφορεί τον πιλότο, ότι κατάγεται από έναν μικρό πλανήτη, τον αστεροειδή 325, του μιλά για τα μπαομπάμπ και τα ηφαίστεια του τόπου του αλλά και για το μυστηριώδες τριαντάφυλλο που φύτρωσε κάποια στιγμή στον πλανήτη του. Του μιλά ακόμη για τη φιλία τους και για το ψέμα που το έπιασε να του λέει και που στάθηκε αφορμή για το ταξίδι του σε άλλους πλανήτες. Ο μικρός ταξιδιώτης, συχνά σαστισμένος από τη συμπεριφορά των μεγάλων, γίνεται καθολικό και διαχρονικό σύμβολο αθωότητας και αγάπης, υπευθυνότητας και αφοσίωσης. Στο πρόσωπό του αναγνωρίζουμε τη διορατικότητα της παιδικής ηλικίας που στους μεγάλους βρίσκεται σε χειμερία νάρκη. Τα παιδιά αναζητούν την ουσία με την καρδιά, όχι με τα μάτια…

Working The Skies

Author: Drew Whitelegg
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814794084
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"A well-written and thorough treatment of the occupational demands and biography of the flight attendant. Working the Skies describes both how the work shapes the personal lives of those in the profession, as well as how work can be 'chosen' in an effort to craft a particular kind of life. The book also illustrates how the process of globalization has moved the profession 'backwards' in terms of working conditions and compensation-challenges faced by workers in numerous other professions."--Veronica Jaris Tichenor, author of Earning More And Getting Less: Why Successful Wives Can't Buy EqualityGet ready for takeoff. The life of the flight attendant, a.k.a., stewardess, was supposedly once one of glamour, exotic travel and sexual freedom, as recently depicted in such films as Catch Me If You Can and View From the Top. The nostalgia for the beautiful, carefree and ever helpful stewardess perhaps reveals a yearning for simpler times, but nonetheless does not square with the difficult, demanding and sometimes dangerous job of today's flight attendants. Based on interviews with over sixty flight attendants, both female and male labor leaders, and and drawing upon his observations while flying across the country and overseas, Drew Whitelegg reveals a much more complicated profession, one that in many ways is the quintessential job of the modern age where life moves at record speeds and all that is solid seems up in the air.Containing lively portraits of flight attendants, both current and retired, this book is the first to show the intimate, illuminating, funny, and sometimes dangerous behind-the-scenes stories of daily life for the flight attendant. Going behind the curtain, Whiteleggventures into first-class, coach, the cabin, and life on call for these men and women who spend week in and

Flight Of The Tiger Moth

Author: Mary Woodbury
Publisher: Coteau Books
ISBN: 9781550503647
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When death threatens a pilot at the nearby air training base, seventeen-year-old Jack must use a secretly-acquired skill to save a life and affirm his own identity to his over protective mother. Jack Waters sees his small prairie town turned upside down in World War II, when an air base to train English flyers is set up nearby. It's 1943, no one knows who will win the war, and Canadians are taking a major role in the fighting. This includes training British Royal Air Force pilots in many centres across Canada. Even though Jack can't enlist, he secretly learns how to fly. Good thing, because when a friend's plane comes down on the prairie, Jack has no choice but to make his first solo flight—to try and save a life. The Flight of the Tiger Moth is the thrilling story of one boy's journey to become a man and find his path in the world. It also gives young readers a glimpse of Canadian lives during World War II, and of one more Canadian contribution to winning the war. Mary Woodbury is the best-selling author of the young adult title The Ghost in the Machine, the Polly McDoodle Mystery Series, and Jess and the Runaway Grandpa, a finalist in the Silver Birch Young Readers Choice Award, and a Canadian Children's Book Centre "Outstanding Title of the Year."

Up In The Air

Author: Marie Crook
Publisher: Longman
ISBN: 9781408288320
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Hot-air balloons, gliders, helicopters, planes, rockets and spaceships. Learn about different kinds of air travel for different purposes.

Flight To The Future

Author: Panel on Human Factors in Air Traffic Control Automation
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 030952525X
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Despite the strong safety record of the national airspace system, serious disruptions occasionally occur, often as a result of outdated or failed equipment. Under these circumstances, safety relies on the skills of the controllers and pilots and on reducing the number of aircraft in the air. The current and growing pressures to increase the capacity to handle a greater number of flights has led to a call for faster and more powerful equipment and for equipment that can take over some of the tasks now being performed by humans. Increasing the role of automation in air traffic control may provide a more efficient system, but will human controllers be able to effectively take over when problems occur? This comprehensive volume provides a baseline of knowledge about the capabilities and limitations of humans relative to the variety of functions performed in air traffic control. It focuses on balancing safety with the expeditious flow of air traffic, identifying lessons from past air accidents. The book discusses The function of the national airspace system and the procedures for hiring, training, and evaluating controllers. Decisionmaking, memory, alertness, vigilance, sleep patterns during shift work, communication, and other factors in controllers' performance. Research on automation and human factors in air traffic control and incorporation of findings into the system. The Federal Aviation Administration's management of the air traffic control system and its dual mandate to promote safety and the development of air commerce. This book also offers recommendations for evaluation the human role in automated air traffic control systems and for managing the introduction of automation into current facilities and operations. It will be of interest to anyone concerned about air safety--policymakers, regulators, air traffic managers and controllers, airline officials, and passenger advocates.

Politeia

Author: Plato
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783534240609
Size: 32.52 MB
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To Conquer The Air

Author: James Tobin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743255363
Size: 68.14 MB
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A history of the first-flight race documents the efforts of such Wright brothers competitors as the Smithsonian's Samuel Pierpont Langley, motocyclist Glenn Curtiss, and Alexander Graham Bell. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.