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Flying Blind, Fly Safe: The Former Inpector General of the Us Department of Transportation Tells You Everything You Need to Know to Travel Safely [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

M Schiavo
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1. April 1998
Written by a crusading former government official, FLYING BLIND, FLYING SAFE is the book that must be read by everyone who flies. In it is the vital airline safety information the public has a right--and a need--to know: the most dangerous planes and flying conditions; the least secure vs the best equipped airports; which carriers to avoid and why; and ways to help yourseslf increase safety.

As Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1990-1996, Mary Schiavo made waves, headlines, and enemies and brought about much needed change during her administration. A former assistant U.S. attorney and licensed pilot, Transportation's "top cop" became concerned early on with what she believed were holes in the aviation safety net and set out to investigate unsettling allegations of fraud, mismanagement, waste, abuse, corruption, and duplicity within the airline industry and the FAA itself. What she uncovered were deep-seated internal policies of denial and cover-up, a shocking lack of concern for public safety and a conscious acceptance of substandard work, parts, maintenance, supervision, and security procedures and practices that have been exposed by dozens of air disasters--including the tragic ValuJet crash in Florida and TWA flight 800 in New York--and which will doubtless be responsible for many more unless Schiavo's warnings are heeded.

FLYING BLIND, FLYING SAFE is your guide to safer, smarter air travel.

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  • Taschenbuch: 433 Seiten
  • Verlag: Avon; Auflage: New Upd (1. April 1998)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 038079330X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380793303
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17 x 10,4 x 3,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (13 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.950.329 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Sensationalism 24. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
The book is poorly written. As an average consumer I should not be expected to wade through 400 pages to figure out how to fly safely. As far as aging aircraft I ride Washington State Ferries that are much older than even the oldest jets in service and think nothing of it. What statistics does she have to prove that a a 25-year-old plane is not as safe as a 3-year old plane. It's taken over 20 years for anyone to even talk about fixing a rudder on a 737. In talking to aerospace engineers I was advised to stay off of a new model for at least 2 years until design problems are resolved. Ms. Schiavo wastes a lot of paper talking about her life, her education and I'm not interested in that my object in reading the book was to fly safely. Perhaps she was one of the top college women but I want to know about how to fly safely.She sets herself up as the hero. Oh, if only people had listened we woulldn't have the Valujet crash In one part of the book she sees something wrong with the plane and when the airline insists it's OK Mary whips out her Inspector General ID and there she is saving the day! There is some good advice she gives, such as not flying with questionable carriers to save money and speaking up if the plane doesn't look safe. This business of no art at airports is overkill. Personally I dislike looking at art by children. Also the business of every May 11 (my birthday) handing back a can of pop to the flight attendant and putting the 30 cents towards safety. Are airlines so poor? Smokehoods? by the time I unfolded one I'd be dead. Also they can melt. Just bring a wet cloth to breathe through. I really question the chapter CULT-ure at the FAA. Is this just whining to get back at the FAA when she didn't get her way? And talk about perhaps flying isn't safer than driving. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Ms. Schiavo was touted as an expert in aeronautical safety and managed to finagle herself into a high-level position within the government overseeing the functions of a highly technical organization while possessing little to no technical qualification. After being drummed out of the Department Of Transportation for her Inquisition-like controversial practices, she slithered back into private practice and convinced an unsuspecting publisher of her expertise.
The result of her literary effort is a single-minded, agenda driven indictment of the aviation industry with little substance. Allegations of improprieties are supported only by personal opinion and innuendo. Federal overseers are portrayed as mindless oafs, uncaring civil servants or career politicians whos actions border on the criminal. The author does manage to insert some air safety tips but even these are lacking in true substance.
Ms. Schiavo tries to impress her audience as a selfless, dedicated saviour of the traveling public. Unfortunately, her book contains so many holes that the reader is left wondering not about aviation safety but the author's somewhat incredible imagination.
I'm glad I didn't actually pay for the book.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Don't waste your money. 21. Juli 1999
Von Ein Kunde
As a 10,000+ hour turbojet pilot, my opinion is that the book is riddled with falsehoods labeled as fact. Ms. Schiavo has done aviation in general, and the flying public specifically, a grave injustice with her unqualified writings and scare tactics. Example: she claims that pressurized air inside a commercial jetliner is sealed inside and everyone breathes the same contaminated air for the duration of the flight. Fact: There is a constant exchange of air every two or three minutes. If there wasn't, the aircraft would eventually rupture like an over-inflated tire. Ms. Schiavo's area of expertise is law, not aviation. She imagined conspiracies everywhere she looked. She claims to be an experienced pilot where in fact she has very little flight time as a pilot and has flown nothing more complex than a simple single-engine aircraft. The book could have been superlative had she researched the subject, used the services of an experienced aviation advisor, and been far less emotional. My advice is to wait for a factual re-write. Don't waste your money on this one.
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in the first few pages of this post-valujet harangue, the author manages to get the following easily-checkable facts wrong: the name of valujet's principal founder and board chairman, the amount of money he and other founders put into the start-up, and the tail number of the plane that crashed. so much for the idea that a former inspector general would be a real stickler for detail. valujet was a disaster for which the FAA has been rightly chastized, but schiavo wastes whatever credibility she had as one of the first valujet whistleblowers in this long, angry tirade against the agency and anyone in it who ever dared disagree with her.the most revealing passage occurs when schiavo tells how she was waiting for a flight in a Kennedy airport coffee shop and saw a rat scurry across the room. she was so wigged out about the state of airport security -- you figure it out -- that she immediately scribbled a will and mailed it to her sister. not exactly the sort of level-headed thinking you'd expect of someone with something useful to add to the important topic of air safety.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen How to market yourself as an expert, by Mary Schiavo
This book is worthless. I don't want to say to much about it, or Mary will have suceeded in further promotion of her disreputable aviation expertise. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 6. Dezember 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent reading!
I read this in two days! Interesting reading and fascinating finding out that the FAA isn't really concerned about you-only about you buying a ticket. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 14. September 1999 veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Mary Schiavo: Out of Her Element
After reviewing several pages of Ms. Schiavo's book it is quite apparent that she has no grasp on the specifics of the industry she critiques. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 16. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the scariest books I have read.
If you fly or no someone who is going to use the airlines this is a must read book. I took it out of the local library and was so disturbed by its information that I now consider... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. April 1999 von T. Mrozinski (tedandlori@aol.com)
5.0 von 5 Sternen Read the facts...learn the truth, finally!
As a frequent traveler and a professional in the travel industry, this book compelled me to seriously consider whether or not I wanted to remain in the business. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 13. April 1999 veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Safety review by the lady who closed Columbus airport?
I have a hard time accepting the testimony of a woman who would "prove" bad safety measures by passing a bag full of putty, wires, and electronics through airport... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 29. März 1999 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen New story
The following news story provides a clue about the one-sided nature of this author's views: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Authorities were investigating an unaccompanied piece of luggage... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 14. März 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen You can feel your intuition, now read the facts!
Mary Schiavo's book is completely overwhelming and at moments frustrating, only because she carries you through the stonewalls and politcal spinning she battled as Inspector... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 13. Februar 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Must-Read for aviation professionals and airline travelers
As a military aviator and private pilot, I was drawn-in by Mary Schiavo's story. What I learned was appalling. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 18. Januar 1999 veröffentlicht
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