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Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson

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On January 15, 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport in New York when a flock of Canada geese collided with it, destroying both of its engines. Over the next three minutes, the plane's pilot, Chesley Sully Sullenberger, managed to glide it to a safe landing in the Hudson River. It was an instant media sensation, the Miracle on the Hudson, and Captain Sully was the hero. But how much of the success of this dramatic landing can actually be credited to the genius of the pilot? To what extent is the miracle on the Hudson the result of extraordinary — but not widely known, and in some cases quite controversial — advances in aviation and computer technology over the past twenty years? In Fly by Wire, one of America's greatest journalists takes us on a strange and unexpected journey into the fascinating world of advanced aviation. From the testing laboratories where engineers struggle to build a jet engine that can systematically resist bird attacks, through the creation of the A320 in France, to the political and social forces that have sought to minimize the impact of the revolutionary fly-by-wire technology, William Langewiesche assembles the untold stories necessary to truly understand themiracle on the Hudson, and makes us question our assumptions about human beings inmodern aviation.

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"Langewiesche synthesizes everything into a breathtaking narrative of the now-famous landing in the Hudson.... [T]his work's discernment of underlying issues contributes depth to the feel-good story." Booklist

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"No doubt, brave pilots like Sullenberger...deserve hero worship. But Langewiesche makes a convincing case for the valiant A320[,]...drifting nose-high in the icy Hudson, "refusing to die."" New York Times Book Review

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"[Mr. Langewiesche] is so familiar with airplanes that his descriptions of how they work are simple and revelatory." New York Times

Synopsis:

To what extent is the "Miracle on the Hudson" the result of extraordinary — but not widely known — advances in aviation and computer technology over the past 20 years? A noted journalist takes readers on a strange and unexpected journey into the fascinating world of advanced aviation.

Synopsis:

On January 15, 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport in New York when a flock of Canada geese collided with it, destroying both of its engines. Over the next three minutes, the planes pilot, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, managed to glide it to a safe landing in the Hudson River. It was an instant media sensation, the “Miracle on the Hudson,” and Captain Sully was the hero. But how much of the success of this dramatic landing can actually be credited to the genius of the pilot? To what extent is the “miracle” on the Hudson the result of extraordinary—but not widely known, and in some cases quite controversial—advances in aviation and computer technology over the past twenty years?

 

In Fly by Wire, one of Americas greatest journalists takes us on a strange and unexpected journey into the fascinating world of advanced aviation. From the testing laboratories where engineers struggle to build a jet engine that can systematically resist bird attacks, through the creation of the A320 in France, to the political and social forces that have sought to minimize the impact of the revolutionary fly-by-wire technology, William Langewiesche assembles the untold stories necessary to truly understand the

“miracle” on the Hudson, and makes us question our assumptions about human beings in

modern aviation.

Synopsis:

In  Fly by Wire, one of Americas greatest journalists takes us on a "fascinating" (The New York Times) and sometimes humorous journey into the rapidly changing aviation industry. Langewiesche concisely and artfully renders forty years of history in the field by examining the financial problems, the unions, and ultimately the recent advances in technology. And he finds that aviation safety is field in which machine has now surpassed man, but man still manages to find ways — hubris, ineptitude — to cause accidents. Advances such as fly by wire suggest that in some cases it may prove best to cede authority to the machines, even if it means questioning our assumptions about human beings and heroism in the process.

About the Author

William Langewiesche is the author of six previous books: Cutting for Sign, Sahara Unveiled, Inside the Sky, American Ground, The Outlaw Sea, and, most recently, The Atomic Bazaar. He is the international editor for Vanity Fair.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374157180
Subtitle:
The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson
Author:
Langewiesche, William
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
Aviation - General
Subject:
Aviation - History
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
Subject:
Airplanes -- Control systems.
Subject:
Aeronautics -- Human factors.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20101026
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes one map
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.51 x 5.96 x 0.79 in

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Product details 208 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374157180 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Langewiesche synthesizes everything into a breathtaking narrative of the now-famous landing in the Hudson.... [T]his work's discernment of underlying issues contributes depth to the feel-good story."
"Review" by , "No doubt, brave pilots like Sullenberger...deserve hero worship. But Langewiesche makes a convincing case for the valiant A320[,]...drifting nose-high in the icy Hudson, "refusing to die.""
"Review" by , "[Mr. Langewiesche] is so familiar with airplanes that his descriptions of how they work are simple and revelatory."
"Synopsis" by , To what extent is the "Miracle on the Hudson" the result of extraordinary — but not widely known — advances in aviation and computer technology over the past 20 years? A noted journalist takes readers on a strange and unexpected journey into the fascinating world of advanced aviation.
"Synopsis" by ,

On January 15, 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport in New York when a flock of Canada geese collided with it, destroying both of its engines. Over the next three minutes, the planes pilot, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, managed to glide it to a safe landing in the Hudson River. It was an instant media sensation, the “Miracle on the Hudson,” and Captain Sully was the hero. But how much of the success of this dramatic landing can actually be credited to the genius of the pilot? To what extent is the “miracle” on the Hudson the result of extraordinary—but not widely known, and in some cases quite controversial—advances in aviation and computer technology over the past twenty years?

 

In Fly by Wire, one of Americas greatest journalists takes us on a strange and unexpected journey into the fascinating world of advanced aviation. From the testing laboratories where engineers struggle to build a jet engine that can systematically resist bird attacks, through the creation of the A320 in France, to the political and social forces that have sought to minimize the impact of the revolutionary fly-by-wire technology, William Langewiesche assembles the untold stories necessary to truly understand the

“miracle” on the Hudson, and makes us question our assumptions about human beings in

modern aviation.

"Synopsis" by ,

In  Fly by Wire, one of Americas greatest journalists takes us on a "fascinating" (The New York Times) and sometimes humorous journey into the rapidly changing aviation industry. Langewiesche concisely and artfully renders forty years of history in the field by examining the financial problems, the unions, and ultimately the recent advances in technology. And he finds that aviation safety is field in which machine has now surpassed man, but man still manages to find ways — hubris, ineptitude — to cause accidents. Advances such as fly by wire suggest that in some cases it may prove best to cede authority to the machines, even if it means questioning our assumptions about human beings and heroism in the process.

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