- Reader Comments -
”First and most important.....I love the book!!!!!!!
This book is very-much needed for people like me. The unknown is frightening to me and I like to be informed.”
--Lisa, passenger –Gainesville, FL
“Imagine sitting next to a seasoned airline pilot during your next flight and being able to ask him or her questions about flying that would soothe your phobias for good. That’s exactly what this book offers. An abundant resource of reassurance that should put any fearful flyer more at ease.”
--Lucinda Bassett, Founder, Midwest Center For Stress and Anxiety, Inc.
“I really liked your book, and have already begun recommending it to many of my fear of flying clients. There is so much detail in your book. I was especially impressed with the short note in the front where you address the whole "September 11 and terrorism" issue -- particularly where you said that the event made you want to fly even more. That is almost exactly the reaction I had -- I'm not going to let a few people change my desire to go places by airplane. Feel free to quote me as saying that this book is very good, and highly recommended by me.”
--Stephnie Thomas, Anxiety Disorders Specialist
--The Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute of MD, LLP (ASDI)
”Your sense of humor is terrific….”
--Rich W, business flyer, Atlanta, GA
“Great book! I really enjoyed it.”
“I think it is fantastic! I have been reading it during my lunch
hours and I hate to come back to work. It will also help me a lot when I answer letters from our Customers with questions about flight safety. Again, great job, and I used part of your section on cabin climate control to answer a Customer who was complaining about a cold cabin. Your book is becoming my best friend.”
--Brian, Airline Customer Communication Manager
“Every airline passenger and crewmember should read this book. The information covered is that important”
--Patti, 15 year Flight Attendant
Congratulations on a fantastic book.
It is excellent in both the content and the way in which it is written.
--Bill B. Katherine Northern Territory --Australia
As an aviation enthusiast and general vacation traveler, I wanted to take a moment and compliment you on the clarity, ease of understanding and general overall fun style of your book, This is Your Captain Speaking. I picked up a few tidbits that I wasn't aware of also.
What impressed me most was that you actually thanked me for my order in your own handwriting on the receipt for the book. This is most unusual and quite refreshing. Nice job.
--Scott O. --Phoenix, Arizona
The book was great!! It helped me to not be afraid of turbulence. I fly a couple times a year to OKC and MCO to visit family and also work at BWI, so I love planes and flying but was afraid of turbulence until I read your book. Thanks a lot. .
Have a good day and give my regards to your family,
Why is this book not plastered all over Barnes and Noble? As someone not so crazy about flying and a therapist (at least I'm crazy about being a therapist or maybe crazy because I am a therapist) you are really onto something here. Thank you so much.
--Dr. Monica Sosnowitz
First Step Counseling
I just wanted to give Ray's book a great big plug. I read it on a recent trip (Seattle to Newark, with various stops in between) and it was enormously helpful. It's full of tons of knowledge and humor, Ray's love of flying, and more than anything, convinced me that being in a plane at 38,000 feet is one of the safest places you can be!
Thanks to Ray's book I made it through lots of thunderstorms, a wind shear alert, the Airbus hydraulic "barks," a mechanical delay and a suspected terrorist with no problem. I had absolute confidence that the planes would maneuver around the storms, that turbulence was no big deal and that a mechanical delay was nothing to worry about because the pilots were not about to take off in a plane that wasn't working. AND I got to experience sunrise in the sky, to see the Statue of Liberty and the Puget Sound from above and many of the other things that makes flying really wonderful.
So thanks again to Ray for helping me (and all of us) to see flying as mundane, meticulously thought out, and magical.
-Taking Flight board member
Dear Captain Stark
I have just finished reading your book, having had it specially imported from the US, and I am writing to express my sincere thanks for such wonderful piece of work.
I am a very frequent flyer, especially across the pond, and most fortunately am not a nervous flyer (i.e. within an hour of take-off out for the count it's so relaxing), unlike my partner who once held on to the seat in front for four hours on a 'bumpy' flight from SFO to LHR. Your book gave some delightful insights into your real world of work, one which I sometimes envy, mainly the views you talk about from your office window. I found the book very insightful and a real pleasure to read. I particularly liked the way you put everything into plain English (well American-English) giving examples from everyday life e.g. cars/driving. Parts of it were really very humorous - pages 158 & 159 and 170 had me laughing for ages, especially as I can relate to both incidents!
--Paul -College Educator from United Kingdom
In late June of this year, my mother Penny D. purchased your book. She was flying to Disney World with her oldest son and his family. At 59 my mother ( or father for that matter) had never once flown on an airplane. Needless to say, Penny was extremely nervous. That was until she read your book. She also sent you a letter thanking you for your book and the world of good it did her.
Well I am writing to thank you also. I am an avid flyer and have traveled for years on Southwest for business and pleasure. You have no idea, not only how much your book helped my mother, but the fact that you also responded to her letter meant a great deal to her, and therefore, me.
I though you would like to know that:
1)She absolutely LOVED flying
2)Couldn't believe what a chicken she had been all these years.
3)Was made the Sweetheart of her flight.
4)Got her "Wings"
5)Received a "Certificate"
6)Was proposed to by all the male flight attendants. (which she refused because she said she was too old but told them they were all adopted by her now.)
For this Sir, I am most grateful. My Mom lives in CT and I live in VA - she is actually thinking about visiting me now (I've been away from home for almost 6 years). But, only if by an airplane as opposed to those awful "cars".
The gift of your book is beyond words. You took something so simple as flying (simple to "regulars" ) and made it something so delightful to my mother.
My only regret is that I hadn't thought of doing that so much sooner ;-)
Thank you again for your insight, humor, and rare ability to make something like flying a non-fearful experience for my mother.