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Publisher's Summary

Squawk 7700 is a first-hand account of author Peter Buffington's experiences as a commercial airline pilot and the journey he took to reach his childhood dream. Buckle your seatbelt and prepare for an eye-opening, turbulent ride into the world of aviation from the pilot's seat. From student pilot at age 15, to flight instructor, to nighttime cargo pilot, and finally as first officer aboard the ATR 72 turboprop airliners island hopping the Caribbean, Squawk 7700 is a riveting aviation adventure.
©2010 Peter M. Buffington (P)2013 Peter M. Buffington
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3 out of 5 stars
By Greg on 07-08-17

Something's "off" here.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story has a weak foundation, as has any memoir written by a young man. His story is just beginning, he is / was inexperienced. He seems to be grinding an axe. But in his defense, he describes real mistreatment and recklessness on the part of the airline in Puerto Rico. (I suspect that, before it became part of the American Airlines family of feeder carriers, this airline was something of a loosely-run, local, "flying club"-type outfit. When the white-shirts from the States incorporated them into their system and began enforcing regulations and sending young USA pilots to fly with them, the local pilots took it as an affront, and undertook to make them miserable.)

Do you think Squawk 7700 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. Let this book stand. It deserves telling because its anecdotes are so exceptional. But more like it would skew the public's perception of the industry. This author happened to encounter fools. His was not a normal career progression.I cannot tell you how many times I flew co-pilot for airline captains who made proper, safety-first decisions, even when it meant we wouldn't arrive home in time for whatever. Same for my own flying as captain. Passenger boredom is the airline pilot's stock in trade. What excitement is there in approaching a destination and choosing not to attempt a landing until either the weather or the braking conditions improved enough to produce an unexciting landing?

Any additional comments?

That Puerto Rican outfit was just crazy, and the author did the right thing. Of the standards of the small, general aviation outfits he encountered, I cannot speak, except to guess that this man's experiences with his various employers are not the norm. Rather, I like to think that he just happened to encounter slipshod employers everywhere he happened to turn.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-01-15

Good story if...

It's a good story and the author tells of his problems that he had in the airline industry and of the problems the airline industry has or had. My problem with this book was the narrator at times I felt he was reading just to past the time away and never really put an effort into the reading except when he announced the next chapter. If you get a hang in with the story the book does have some very informative parts to it and some very eye-opening parts as well.

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