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Free Flight: Inventing the Future of Travel

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The troubles of the airline system have become acute in the post-terrorist era. As the average cost of a flight has come down in the last twenty years, the airlines have survived by keeping planes full and funneling traffic through a centralized hub-and-spoke routing system. Virtually all of the technological innovation in airplanes in the last thirty years has been devote ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 5th 2002 by PublicAffairs (first published June 2001)
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Hella Comat
Not just for pilots, this book suggests an alternative to airline travel. The author notes that despite technological advances, airline travel, especially over smaller distances using regional airlines, is becoming slower and slower. It's partly due to the economical hub and spoke system of the airlines and partly due to all the bottlenecks - traffic, increased security etc.

He suggests that an alternative is small aircraft - fast props and small jets. He notes (the book was written is 2002) tha
Joe White
Notes: 12/12/13
Free Flight 9781586480400
The author has a great deal of "RA RA" enthusiasm.

His basic premise that commercial air travel is a pain, was obvious in the late
90's. I've only flown once in the TSA era, but I suspect it's gotten much
The psychological aspect of dealing with the TSA idiots adds a cost in

The downside to the book however, is that the author either used redundancy to
get his message across, couldn't help himself, or just needed to perform better
editing. :

The really interesting thing about the book is that it's been updated by an article Fallows wrote in The Atlantic in May 2008. Otherwise it might be considered as just another set of hi-tech aviation dreams that were lost in the wake of the dot-com crash at the beginning of the century
Despite any intentions of deeper meaning, this book is mostly just Fallows geeking out about the history and experience of flying small planes. And I loved it. It made me want to run out the door and sign up for flying lessons.
Written back in 2002. An interesting look into the furture of General Aviation aircraft. Worked out well for Cirrus Aircraft, not so well for Eclipse --- tried marketing small jets and went bankrupt.
Oct 22, 2008 Bryan added it
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