Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot.pdf

Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot.pdf



Turn your mind back to when you first flew. When you first left the Earth, and travelled high and fast above its turning arc. When you looked down on a new world, captured simply and perfectly through a window fringed with ice. When you descended towards a city, and arrived from the sky as ordinarily as morning.

In Skyfaring, airline pilot and flight romantic Mark Vanhoenacker shares his irrepressible love of flying, on a journey from day to night, from new ways of mapmaking and the poetry of physics to the names of winds and the nature of clouds. Here, anew, is the simple wonder that remains at the heart of an experience that modern travellers, armchair and otherwise, all too easily take for granted: the transcendent joy of motion, and the remarkable new perspectives that height and distance bestow on everything we love.

Mark Vanhoenacker (b.1974) started a career in academia and then worked in the business world, in positions that afforded him regular opportunities to stare out of airplane windows and recall childhood dreams of becoming a pilot. In 2001, Mark left his job as a management consultant to begin his flight training. He currently flies Boeing 747s to major cities around the world Mark is a regular contributor to the New York Times and a columnist for Slate. When his head is not in the clouds, Mark is based in New York City.


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