Showing posts with label books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label books. Show all posts

02 May, 2024

JETLINER CABINS: Evolution & Innovation by Jennifer Coutts Clay, extensively updated.....

JETLINER CABINS: Evolution & Innovation by Jennifer Coutts Clay, the foremost authority on aircraft interiors and the only resource of its kind, has been extensively updated and newly released by Amazon at the Kindle Store. The interactive E-BOOK, priced at $19.99, features case studies, video clips, and 20 picture galleries with more than 7,000 images and 16 updated chapters. Additionally, there are core insights from more than 50 international specialists and in-depth guest essays.

The E-BOOK covers everything flyers ever wanted to know about creating the cabin experience. ‘We are proud to provide this enhanced Edition of the ultimate resource for aviation professionals, aircraft enthusiasts, interior designers, architects, and people who simply love to travel by air,’ noted Jennifer Coutts Clay who herself has spent years as a professional in the aviation industry.

The new Kindle E-BOOK is the Fourth Edition of JETLINER CABINS: Evolution & Innovation with material that builds on the prestige of the original Hardback Edition first published by Academy Press of John Wiley & Sons Inc. in 2004. A subsequent Paperback Edition (2006) and an E-BOOK app for Apple iPad (2014) followed and led to further updates and enhancements, combined with new Amazon Kindle technology, for this latest user-friendly Edition. Readers have expanded access to the content, now available on a wider range of platforms including Kindle and E-reader devices.

24 November, 2023

90 years of elegance captured in new book

To celebrate 90 years of elegance at Air France, the company has given French photographer Karl Hab carte blanche to highlight its unique history and its spirit of excellence, always at the forefront of eras and trends. 

Karl Hab has produced a book of photos entitled “24H Air France”. This new book is the latest addition to his collection of works based on the same editorial approach, inviting the viewer to explore a particular universe through his personal gaze over a 24-hour period. 

Each of Karl Hab’s photographs is an invitation to travel through time. For 24 dreamy hours, the photographer takes us on a journey to find out more about the uniforms that have marked the history of Air France, past and present, captured in legendary or ultra-modern aircraft and settings. 

Designed by Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Carven, Louis Féraud, Nica Ricci and Christian Lacroix, the Air France uniforms chosen by the photographer are displayed to stunning effect in unique settings. 

Karl Hab focuses his lens on the world of aviation that is so dear to his heart, revealing hidden moments and details that tell the story of the airline’s different eras.

The very essence of Air France, combining elegance, cutting-edge technology and innovation, comes to life in every shot. 

This book is a celebration of the French art of travel crafted by Air France since 1933. It reveals its timeless heritage from a resolutely contemporary perspective. It also bears witness to its ambition and vision for the future – to offer the best of France around the world. 

Available exclusively on from December 2023. 50 euros incl. VAT, 176 pages, printed in France on paper from certified, sustainably managed European forests. Produced by Studio Palatin.e.

A pop-up exhibition in the heart of Paris 

04 November, 2023

New book "A Pilot's Story 2 - From Low-Cost Airlines to Conquering the East"


Renowned pilot and author, Captain Ivan Anzellotti will once again captivate readers with his latest work "A Pilot's Story 2 - From Low-Cost Airlines to Conquering the East". Following the success of his first book "A Pilot's Story - From the Ruins of Alitalia to the Desert of Qatar", Anzellotti delves deeper into the world of aviation and offers a fascinating perspective on the challenges and changes in the profession.

In "A Pilot's Story 2"," Captain Ivan Anzellotti takes us on a remarkable journey through three countries, four airlines, and the evolving landscape of the civil aviation industry. Anzellotti sheds light on the changing dynamics of a profession where "profit at any cost" is increasingly paramount, often at the expense of dedicated pilots and the passion that once fueled their dreams.

In his characteristic ironic style, the author continues the story of his first book, which ended with his departure from Qatar. In this latest volume, Anzellotti recounts his adventures in Portugal, Taiwan and finally Hong Kong, offering the reader a first-hand account of his experiences in the East and in America. Along the way, he shares behind-the-scenes stories that reveal the exciting yet challenging nature of his profession.

What sets "A Pilot's Story 2" apart from other books is the intimate perspective it offers, as the story is enriched by the direct testimony of Maya, the author's wife. Maya shares her personal reflections on the decisions that defined the first eight years of their life together after their secret marriage in Qatar.

Readers can expect a compelling story of passion, perseverance and the sacrifices that not only pilots, but also their families, must endure. Anzellotti's storytelling skills combined with Maya's candid insights make "A Pilot's Story 2" a must-read for aviation enthusiasts and anyone interested in the inner workings of the aviation industry.

18 May, 2023


     Civil Aircraft Markings 2023   Paperback

         Military Aircraft Markings 2023 Paperback 

   Plane spotting log book

    The little book of aviation

   Airline tail colours

   50 airliners than changed flying

When British Airways and Air France announced that Concorde was to be retired from service in October 2003, it signalled the end of nearly three decades of supersonic passenger flights. Concorde had flown for years without a major incident. But in July 2000, an Air France Concorde crashed near Paris, killing all 109 people on board and four on the ground. By the time the modified aircraft went back into service in November 2001, both BA and Air France faced mounting problems, which spelled the end for Concorde.


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In an international study, the Lightning was voted the fifth most popular military aircraft of all time. It has many thousands of devotees who are a ready market for this entertaining book which relates the highs and lows, the dramas and the demands of those who operated this iconic aircraft from the sharp end.


Air Pilot's Manual - Flying Training: Volume 1


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There can be few world-class companies that boast the heritage and traditions inherent in the British Airways brand. Indeed, the company that became British Airways operated the world's first commercial scheduled airline service in 1919. From the early days of aviation through to more recent times, British Airways has stood for high standards of quality and professionalism. Curator of the British Airways Heritage Collection Paul Jarvis guides the reader through the story of the company from its earliest origins to the present.

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This collection of 200 posters from the archives of British Airways provides a stunning visual history of air travel from the earliest days to the present. Airline posters often evoked the glamour of air travel at a time when it was a novelty and the height of sophistication. In more recent years the very best creative talents of marketeers and designers have been employed to produce some memorable modern artwork. This richly illustrated collection is a must for anyone interested in aviation and anyone who appreciates design.


Spitfires Over Berlin


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An incredible 30,000 flights - at least - arrive safely at their destinations every day. But a handful don't, while some come terrifyingly close to crashing. When even the smallest thing does go wrong at 35,000 feet, the result is nearly always a fast-unfolding tragedy. This extensive collection of compelling real-life accounts of air disasters and near-disasters provides a sobering, alternative history of the just over 105 years that passengers have been travelling by air, from the very earliest fatality to recent calamities.


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A comprehensive approach to the air vehicle design process using the principles of systems engineering Due to the high cost and the risks associated with development, complex aircraft systems have become a prime candidate for the adoption of systems engineering methodologies. This book presents the entire process of aircraft design based on a systems engineering approach from conceptual design phase, through to preliminary design phase and to detail design phase. Presenting in one volume the methodologies behind aircraft design, this book covers the components and the issues affected by design procedures. The basic topics that are essential to the process, such as aerodynamics, flight stability and control, aero-structure, and aircraft performance are reviewed in various chapters where required. 


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A definitive guide to aviation safety-fully updated to cover the latest regulations and practicesPresenting the latest procedures and standards from U.S. and international air traffic and regulatory agencies, this thoroughly revised resource covers the entire commercial aviation safety system-from human factors to accident investigation. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards are explained in easy-to-understand language. Re-organized and expanded to reflect current approaches, Commercial Aviation Safety, Sixth Edition, delivers authoritative information on today's security concerns on the ground and in the air. You will learn about changes in systems and regulations, new maintenance and flight technologies, and recent accident statistics. 

Non aviation books ......

Spare us -  A Harrody

'All I had ever wanted was privacy. In order to get it, it seemed that an exceptionally detailed 500,000-word book was in order...' He was born into an ancient powerful dynasty and, through no fault of his own, became one of the most recognisable men on the planet. His life was a constant barrage of press intrusion and manipulation. Until finally, he demanded that it stop. In order to get the privacy he so craved, he has written a frostbite-and-all book that goes deep inside the castle walls and exposes every shouting match, fist-fight, betrayal, teddy bear, awkward hug and tear-stained wedding rehearsal for the world to feast their eyes on. All for privacy! This is his story.


23 August, 2020

An Unforgettable Love Story of Asian Origins......................Life is all about moving forward despite the hardships you encounter—even when those hardships return to you in the present.

Love always finds a way to blossom even in the deepest depths of torment, but that does not mean the pain is not felt. The trauma experienced prior will always have an effect on the person. But what if the past is currently affecting the present? What if one’s partner is holding back a dangerous secret from their past?

“The China Affair” tells the story of a Chinese woman who undergoes a depressing life in China. As she undergoes so much fear and suffering, there is a light at the end of a tunnel as she is able to leave the horrors she undergoes in China and sneak her way into the US and find a lover who aims to free her from the shackles of her past.

“The China Affair: Part 2” is the continuation of the first novel and is made in a way to wrap up the story. But it does in no way affect the impact of the ending if the reader has not yet read the first part.

The China Affair
Written by JT Gooch
Kindle | $2.99
Softcover | $10.69
Hardcover | $24.99

27 May, 2020

Retired pilot pens second book for aviation enthusiasts around the world -

Flight Envelopes: Philosophy of flight as viewed from within the aviation and aerospace industry

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Experienced pilot Steve Ford has today launched his second book following the highly acclaimed success of 20 West - “Flight Envelopes” - best described as “Aviation Anthropology”, which pulls together the authors honest and candid views on the aviation and aerospace industries as they stand today.

The impact of Covid 19 on the aviation and travel industries, makes the understanding of challenges past a significant part of preparing for tomorrow.

“Flight Envelopes” consists of individual editorial opinion pieces, some of which were first published in Aviation Business Middle East and on various on-line blogs. Limited to between approximately five- and six- hundred words, each article can be read in any order as a standalone piece.

Freedom of speech is a precious commodity as is freedom of flight. It is the author`s intention not to challenge but stimulate healthy debate in some areas in order to ensure that the freedom we have is neither degraded nor lost.

“Flying is a way of life that wraps itself around you and enters every pore as you fall within its envelope”

On making the decision to write and publish his personal collection of opinion pieces, Steve said:
“The aviation and aerospace industries are diverse and eclectic. As are the men and women that make up the fibres at its very core.”

Flight Envelopes is available in paperback (£4.99) and e-book format (£1.99) on  and most Amazon sites worldwide.

For more information or to contact the author visit

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09 May, 2020

Cecil Miller tells the story of his life as an Air Traffic Controller

In his memoir, the author shares what goes in the life - and mind - of an aviation professional whose job is to maintain a safe orderly flow of air traffic.

Cecil Miller, a retired air traffic controller, independently published his memoir Aviation & Air Traffic Control (2018).
Plenty of books have been written about flying and travelling on a plane, and pilots and flight attendants have been portrayed in various media. However, little has been said or written about air traffic controllers, whose job is to maintain the flow of aircraft in and out of airports and in flight.
“There are not many books about air traffic control and most people are not aware of their duties,” said Miller, who wrote “Aviation & Air Traffic Control” because he believes he has a good story to tell and wants to share it. The book, according to him, is “about the controller, pilot, and aviation.”

03 November, 2019

Nicki Geigert’s “Family Trip to Magical Madagascar and Beyond” Will Be on Exhibit at the 2019 Miami Book Fair

The book, will be displayed at the country’s largest literary festival. It is a story about family travel with accompanying photos depicting the natural fascinating beauty of Madagascar.
Travel junkies, as well as photography enthusiasts, can check out the exhibit of travel photographer Nicki Geigert’s book “Family Trip to Magical Madagascar and Beyond” (Blurb; 2017) at the Miami Book Fair 2019 Street Fair on November 22-24, 2019 at Miami Dade College (Wolfson Campus) in Downtown Miami.

The Miami Book Fair, founded in 1984 as “Books by the Bay,” aims to promote reading; encourage the writing craft, and; spread the awareness of literacy and the literary arts in Miami’s multi-ethnic community. Aside from the weekend Street Fair, the book fair, which will run from Nov. 17-24, will include author talks, book signings, panel discussions, musical performances, and other activities.

Geigert’s travel photo book, “Family Trip to Magical Madagascar and Beyond,” will be exhibited by ReadersMagnet at the Street Fair.

Explorer and Author Robert Easton Shares His Covetous Round-the-World Trips on His Autobiography

Robert D. Easton wrote an awe-striking autobiography “Sailing Around the World in 300 Days: The Last World Cruise of the Yankee Trader.” This book recounts the countries he visited and the activities he did while carrying out his voyage with the moniker “Yankee Trader” in early 1979.

Together with 75 other passengers and 20 crew members, he was able to visit quite a number of places – 61 ports around the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans and the Caribbean. He also set foot to several cities like Singapore and Cape Town, to name a few. He also hopped innumerable islands and engaged in seemingly tireless exploration, fishing and scuba diving. To top the list off, he met islanders, savoured other cultures and watched irresistibly gorgeous sunsets. All these he completed in 300 days!

19 October, 2019

A new book for aviation enthusiasts around the world....................

20 West: A journey through six decades of turbulent change within aviation

Steve Ford, an experienced pilot has launched his debut book this week, entitled - 20 West: a journey through six decades of turbulent change within aviation.

Sharing the adventure, joy, and - on occasion - tragedy, that makes aviation one of the most fascinating industries to be a part of, 20 West reflects the diversity of the aerospace industry. It’s not only an absorbing read for anyone with a passion for aviation, but also for the next generation looking to embark upon a journey that has no final destination.

20 West follows Steve’s journey through aviation, from an ‘unmin’ child travelling the world on standby, training from an apprenticeship to a jet engine specialist, to his distinguished career as a long-haul commercial pilot. It also presents an insider’s history of the last 60 years of the industry, giving readers a fascinating insight into the ways commercial flight and the corporate giants that dominate it have evolved over the years.

Packed with captivating stories from both above the clouds and down on the tarmac, it’s a must-read for anyone who’s ever wondered what really happens on the other side of the cockpit door.

25 August, 2019

The journey of a Reluctant Air Steward............

The journey of a Reluctant Air Steward: Unique insights into the airline industry: For men who want to fly....

If you are not in the airline industry, ever wonder what it is like for those that are?  How about when you board the aircraft full of the joys and excitement for your latest vacation or perhaps the business trip and stopped to wonder what it is really like to be a member of the cabin crew?  Are those stories we're heard about the hijinx and other such fun malarkey going on down route really true?  

Lifting the lid on those and other aspects of a job that is still regarded as one of the most glamorous jobs in the airline biz, is former British Airways cabin manager and airline veteran Simon James Marton.

"I've worked as a dispatcher for Brymon at  Bristol BRS 1999/2000, preceded by Goldcrest/ Caledonian (Tristars), Air 2000 (757s) and Cityflyer (ATRs and RJs) at London Gatwick LGW 96-99.  Left the industry for 11 years, got married and had kids then kinda reluctantly went back to join British Airways' mixed fleet at London Heathrow LHR. It was interesting setup - in all the ways that means!"  he told us. 

Journey of a Reluctant Air Steward is the story of one young man’s foray into the British airline industry, without qualifications or experience.  Along the way, we find out how he got his foot in the door and started a career behind the scenes in this business we call aviation.

17 April, 2013

Travel Books - Adam Shepard takes off on an epic adventure - One Year Lived!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to feel the wind in your hair, be free and  take off for a year to travel the world?  No fixed itinerary set in stone, no restrictions on the time you could spend in one particular place before moving on to the next destination, or the things that you do there?   Imagine that freedom and that excitement, wouldn’t that be one awfully big adventure.

 From late 2011 to late 2012 that is exactly what author, motivational speaker and the Worlds slowest bar-tender, Adam Shepard did, as Jason Shaw recently found out.   Shepard saved up some money,  packed up a backpack with the bare basic essentials and after saving up for a while he set off on one of life’s massive adventures,  during which he visited seventeen countries on four continents and remarkably he spent less that it would have cost him to stay at home. 

In Australia he hugged a koala, in Slovakia, he bungee jumped off a bridge, in the Philippines  e went wake-boarding   but it wasn’t all relaxation and pleasure. Shepard also dug wells in Nicaragua to install pumps for clean water and in Honduras he served with an organisation that helps to improved the lives of poor children.

Shepard is no stranger to adventure,  even before this epic journey around the world, just three years earlier he made national headlines for taking a year to test the viability of the American Dream.  With just $25 in his pocket, he boarded a train and headed to Charleston, SC.  Where he lived in a homeless shelter for seventy days. He took odd jobs until he managed to find a full-time job, eventually earning enough money to buy a pickup truck and a furnished apartment. He wrote about his experiences  in the book Scratch Beginnings, which garnered a lot of publicity and interesting in the media, being featured on the Today Show, CNN, FOX along with many other publications.

 This time the handsome man from North Carolina has written with a passion and a refreshing view on his travels in the book One Year Lived,  published on 18th April.  Shepard hopes his story of an epic adventure will spur on young American’s to really become global citizens and travel beyond America’s shores.   “In Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Europe, it’s normal for people to pack a bag, buy a plane ticket, and get ‘Out There.” Shepard says, “But in the U.S., though, we live with this very stiff paradigm—graduate college, work, find a spouse, make babies, work some more, retire—which can be a great existence, but we leave little room to load up a backpack and dip into various cultures, to see places, to really develop our own identity.

  I recently caught up with Adam to find learn more his book One Year Lived and his epic adventure,  I started by asking him if the prospect of spending a year away from home comforts, family and friends was at all scary or daunting? 

“The prospect of being away was not daunting or scary, because I knew that home was waiting on the back end. I didn’t think twice about what I was giving up (career, etc.) by leaving, because I knew that this experience would supersede what I was skipping out on.”

 “The toughest parts of this journey were leaving places where I had spent a month or more, where I had developed friendships with people. I likely won’t ever see any of them again in my life, and I knew that as I left the place. “

“My mom? Dad? Matt? Korey? I knew I would see them again. Beatríz (my home stay mom) in Antigua, Guatemala? Likely not.”

  During this journey of discovery, you've visited so many places,  experienced so many different things,  are there any that really surprised you?

 “Many things opened my eyes. The three biggest things that surprised me were: How far an American dollar goes abroad. I took this trip when we were still “in a recession” but in many countries I went to (Central America and Asia especially), I was still able to do a lot on a little. How unrestricted many countries are. A lot of things you see abroad would never fly in the States. High alcohol-content liquors (absinthe, for example) are normal in Europe. In the Philippines, cockfighting is a staple. In Thailand, you can just go to the firing range and rent an AK-47 while drinking your beverage of choice. That it took me four months to get robbed. “

 That sounds nasty and could have been a real disaster?
 “Getting robbed in Nicaragua could have been a lot worse. They got me for a couple hundred cash and my ATM card, but if I would have lost my emergency credit card, too, and my passport, my journey would have been devastatingly stalled for a good amount of time.”

How far out of your comfort zone did you go? “The trip itself was not far out of my comfort zone. I always knew I wanted to take a trip like this; it was just a matter of timing and affordability.”

 “But the challenge I laid for myself was to make sure I didn’t leave any experience undone. I knew that I had the opportunity to live a pretty unique year, and I made sure I was front and center whenever there was a volcano to climb or corral to explore.”

 “The best example is with the volunteering I did. I believe in giving back, but I’ve done this with a few hours at a time or writing a check to my college. But for my trip around the world, one-third of the year was dedicated to service, namely on two projects: working with a vacation activities program for children in Honduras and digging for clean water pumps for the native Miskito people of Nicaragua.”

 “The most wonderful experiences of my year involved volunteering in Honduras and Nicaragua, and as such, one can say that the best times for me came when I stepped outside of the box of what my life had previously been.”

  Where there any scary moments during the trip?