EAL Radio Show Book Review
The Crash Detectives
By Christine Negroni
The Crash Detectives
By Christine Negroni
A fascinating exploration of how humans and machines
fail—leading to air disasters from Amelia Earhart to MH370—and how the
lessons learned from these accidents have made flying safer.
In The Crash Detectives, veteran aviation journalist and air
safety investigator Christine Negroni takes us inside crash
investigations from the early days of aviation to the present, including
the search for answers about what happened to the missing Malaysia
Airlines Flight 370.
As Negroni dissects what happened and why, she explores their common themes and, most important, what has been learned from them to make planes safer. Indeed, as Negroni shows, virtually every aspect of modern pilot training, airline operation, and airplane design has been shaped by lessons learned from disaster. Along the way, she also details some miraculous saves, when quick-thinking pilots averted catastrophe and saved the day.
The Crash Detectives on the Eastern Facebook pagehttps://www.amazon.com/The-Crash-Detectives-Investigating-Mysterious-ebook/dp/B01BD1SSBM.
Enjoy the journey, as this fight for justice becomes a commitment to the industry as a whole, for all the pilots who will follow in Darby's footsteps, and the safety of passengers everywhere.
Karlene's book can be bought directly through her website at:
if you prefer an E-book, go directly to Amazon to purchase.
GUIDED BY THE LIGHT – IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH
By GEORGE JEHN
George is currently working on three other books, one of which has been completed and another that is near completion. The first is a satire and the second a much more serious nonfiction book, while the third is yet another mystery novel.
Flight Attendants Lost offers a fascinating look into what went on inside the airplane from actual aircraft accident and incident case studies spanning decades and countries. The book covers the intense training, the ongoing vigilance, the behind the scenes team work and the committed actions of flight attendants in emergency situations. It uncovers the complexities of aircraft safety design and makes sense of the reasons behind safety rules and regulations making this book an educational must read for air travelers.
"Flight Attendants Lost" is not only an eye-opener but is a
reassuring read that will make you look at flying differently. It is also a
beautifully written memorial tribute to the hundreds of flight attendants who,
over the years, have given their lives In the Line of Duty."
We are happy to support one of our Eastern Airlines Silverliners and Author Brenda Chabot. Captain Neal, Don Gagnon, and Dorothy Gagnon had the pleasure of meeting Brenda and hearing her give an excerpt from her book at the Silverliners Convention in Palm Beach Florida this year. Brenda can also be reached at: www.brendachabot.com
One of the Book Reviews below:
“Wonderful. I found it extremely interesting, could not put it down. It felt like I was right there on those aircraft, even though it has been years since I was an FA. I think everyone who has ever worked as a flight attendant, will stand up and cheer when they read it. All passengers should be required to read your book!” Janice Wilgus Henry – Former Eastern Airlines Flight Attendant
Flight Attendants is available on-Line only at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca (it is only available online - also at Chapters-Indigo and Barnes & Noble). ISBNs:
- 978-1-5255-2318-2 Paperback
- 978-1-5255-2319-9 eBook
"Brenda has her roots in the airline industry having worked as a Flight Attendant and In-flight Manager for Wardair Canada. She began teaching In-flight Training with Wardair and continued her aviation career as Manager of Training and Recruiting for Odyssey International Airlines. In this role she worked with Boeing in Seattle during the purchase of two new aircraft in the selection and installation of cabin emergency equipment.
After leaving Odyssey she began working at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport, for Lockheed Air Terminal of Canada in the role of T3 Incident Site Management responding to various situations as they occur from airport / airline operational concerns to major emergencies. Also, in this role she developed and presented Aircraft Safety and Evacuation Training to Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services. Brenda was selected to become a member of the GTAA Critical Incident Stress Team.
Brenda’s love for aviation continues as she pens this book on the factual role of flight attendants in aviation and the current issues facing commercial air travel employees. This is her first book. Brenda currently resides in the Caledon hills, north of Toronto."
John P. Ingle Jr. Book Signing
book was sponsored by the law firm that John's friend, Edward M."Skip"
Booth, Jr. worked for at that time in Jacksonville, FL, on October 25,
John, as President of the Jacksonville Historical Society and Skip (who also was involved later on with the Jacksonville Historical Society as the 2015-2016 President) wanted to re-introduce John's book, "Aviation’s Earliest Years in Jacksonville, 1878-1935", as the book was first published in 1978, and long out of print.
The Jacksonville Historical Society, Jacksonville", FL arranged for the publication of 1,500 copies in 2004 and still has a few of the copies available for purchase.
"One of Time Magazine's "Best Books to Read This Summer"
In 1928, less than a dozen American women had a pilot's license, making the few women who flew airplanes true radicals. Fly Girls tells that story, their story—the story of women fighting for the right to fly airplanes, winning the right to race them, and then beating the men in one of the most dangerous air races of them all. It was, for the female pilots, a stunning upset and one that proved what the women had known all along: They were just as good as the male pilots, maybe even better. They belonged.
A Publisher's Weekly "Top Ten" History Book
KEITH O'BRIEN is a former reporter for the Boston Globe and a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. His work has appeared on shows such as All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and This American Life. He has also written for the New York Times Magazine, Politico, and Slate, and is the author of Outside Shot: Big Dreams, Hard Times, and One County's Quest for Basketball Greatness. His most recent book is FLY GIRLS: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History. He lives in New Hampshire.
His book released in August is “available wherever books are sold” at a cost of $28 U.S. Dollars..or, you can also go to his website to purchase: http://keithob.com/
and spellbinding story of the downed Allied aviators who masterminded the remarkably courageous—and ingenious—breakout from Germany’s most devilish POW camp. There have been a few histories on this subject, but none have had access to the range of archival material (including diaries, letters, action reports, and unpublished memoirs) that Bascomb had in order to tell this story in such a comprehensive way. And 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of this epic breakout, one that rallied a nation in the darkest days
- “Fast-paced account of a forgotten episode of World War I history . . . Stirring . . . Bascomb's portraits of the principals are affecting . . . Expertly narrated, with just the right level of detail and drama.”—Kirkus, *starred* review
- “Paul Brickhill’s The Great Escape (1950) is widely considered the best nonfiction book about escapes from wartime prison camps. This gripping new volume gives Brickhill’s classic a run for its money. . . In the ever-expanding genre of prison-escape sagas, this one joins the top ranks.”—Booklist
- "Bascomb unfurls a cracking good adventure in this upbeat retelling of the largest Allied prison break of WWI . . . Bascomb draws on unpublished memoirs, official histories, and family papers to spin this action-packed, briskly paced tale."—Publishers Weekly
By K. Allen
His documentary, as Ken calls it, is based on his life growing up in the 1970's on his parents' farm in Western Maryland (later that area called Gwen Lee Estates), and a wonderful read with laughter and tears.
This documentary takes a look back in time of adventuresome teenagers, but hardworking as they had responsibilities on their farm. He and his brother both had a mind of their own and used it! Those were the days and our adult parents survived it with children that love them immensely! See how the book brings us to their future and the last vacation Ken had that his father remembered. This is where the tears I mentioned above, start to flow.
This is a read that you will enjoy from beginning to end. Ken did an amazing job of capturing those days in his household which consisted of his (Dad) an Eastern Captain, Lee Boring who is well known to the Eastern Family, and his Mom (a former ER/OR Nurse) Gwen, who after their birth become a full time Mom. Gwen's talents, too, were brought out and she made a wonderful life for herself, her husband, Lee, and her children, who she doted on. They were wonderful parents and were loved very much.
Ken brings these qualities of all of the family out so well that you will be awed as well as entertained. A must read by all ages. Gives you as they say "food for thought"!
See below review on "Remembering What I Forgot:"...to purchase go to http://kennethallen.org/.
Please click here to download a Free copy.
What I Forgot
by K. Allen
You may remember visiting a grandparent or elder friend who lived in a
nursing home memory unit. When you were a child you may recall sights, sounds,
and smells that caused you to feel uneasy. Step into any one of today’s 16,000
long-term care facilities across the US, and suddenly those memories reemerge.
Nurse Supervisor K. Allen tells of the emotional investments found while working with seniors inside the Van Gogh, a large upscale urban assisted living complex. Located at its core is found a locked memory care unit, the Rembrandt, where he and his heroic support team struggle to comfort those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other types of Dementia. Emotionally rich and deeply moving, "Remembering What I Forgot" tells of a day in the life of a memory unit nurse and the unimaginable obstacles faced by today's health care workers. A first of its kind, the story provides its reader with a rare glimpse into “life on a memory unit” including the emotional torment experienced by visitors who witness their loved one slip into ever increasing apathy and confusion. In its truest sense a love story of the need to cope and how to find hope when someone we love suddenly cannot remember well and is handed a diagnosis of Dementia.
Insightful, humorous and heartfelt, Remembering What I Forgot conveys a message of inspiration and helps us connect with those in the final chapter of their life. Let us not forget them. Read more of K. Allen's book by going to this hyperlink to purchase his book on line at http://kennethallen.org/.
See Book Reviews in Goodreads.
Upcoming New Book Releases
A Treasure of Memories"
by E. Neal Holland
My new book is about the stories by Eastern folks that I
have had the pleasure to read over the years as past Editor of the Retired
Eastern Pilots Association's publication REPArtee,and heard as the
Host and Producer of the EAL Radio Show that make this book necessary.
AIRLINES: A Treasure of Memories" is nearing completion and should
be available in early 2018. Great stories and memories by former Eastern
Airlines employees are out there for the collection. We hear many on the
Radio Voice of Eastern Airlines and other publications of Eastern
My first collection and publication was "Wings of Man(y)" and is still available for purchase, It makes for a great gift at this time of year. You can purchase today by clicking on the hyperlink below to take you directly to our EALRadioShow webstore: https://www.ealradioshow.com/apps/webstore/
About the author:
Neal is the Founder and Producer of the EAL Radio Show Broadcast “The Voice of Eastern Airlines” and the EAL Radio Show website from 2010 to where it has grown since it came online January 2011 to the present time every Monday Evening at 7:00 P.M. EDT. The show currently boasts almost 1000 members and listeners who come from over 40 countries around the world. Neal began this show for and about the Eastern Airlines family.
He has written nearly all of the 340
scripts and programs for the EAL Radio Show Broadcast. Neal was employed as an
Eastern Airline Captain and began his tenure February 11, 1963 and retired
March, 1989. He flew eastern routes for 26 years, flying aircrafts such
as: CV440; L188; B727; B757; A300; and the L1011.
Neal holds a Mechanic and a Flight Instructor Certificate as well as the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. Neal also owns and operates his business, St John’s Realty Group, Inc. from his office in Ponte Vedra, FL along with being a Real Estate Instructor. Neal also served from 1999-2003 as the Editor of the Retired Eastern Pilots Association’s magazine “REPArtee”. Neal is the author of "Wings of Man (y)"
By K. Allen Boring
is my second publication, “Best
Friends”. This book is a series children's book designed to educate today's
youth on the paradigm shift often associated with the relocation to assisted
living and memory care.
The story features two dogs "Gus and Maguire" and their close friendship while living in a retirement home. The story is written with the intent to help children discuss and perhaps even write about elders and the daily challenges they face.
Video Tribute to
Captain Lee Boring
What I Forgot
Thank you Ken, for sharing this video of former Eastern Airlines Captain "Lee" Boring.
This tribute was so meaningful
and so moving seeing the photos of Lee together with his family. Don and I just
sat here in awe and loved viewing the memories you shared. What a wonderful
video to show his life as Lee lived in with his wife, Gwen, and their family. The
tears filled our eyes and we couldn't say a word. Your tribute Ken, along with
your wonderful book "Remembering What I Forgot" is an outstanding
Tribute to your Dad. We loved it so much and our thanks to you and to Leslie Harris-Senac, Owner /Filmmaker of VISIONS UNLIMITED, Video Productions, Inc. www.SarasotaFilmAndVideo.com for
putting together such a wonderful tribute. See video on:
by S.L. Menear
Airline pilot Samantha Starr is on the adventure of her life, an unexpected one headed for disaster. Stealth submarines, Scottish castles, Antarctic ice chasms, deep-sea dives to an underwater city near Cuba, and a secret enclave in the frigid Himalayas test Sam’s survival skills.
World powers, nefarious groups, and an evil billionaire are hot on the trail of an ancient weapon of mass destruction that can only be activated by Sam’s touch. Her twin brothers in the Navy join forces with two airline pilots and Sam’s Scottish boyfriend in an effort to save her and half the world’s population. As time runs out, will Sam make the ultimate sacrifice?
BLAZE is the third fantasy action thriller in award-winning author S.L. Menear’s Samantha Starr Series.
“In Blaze, the third book in the Samantha Starr Series, Sharon Menear solidifies her place as the queen of the niche genre of fantasy/thrillers. Each book in this series is more exciting than the last.”
“A heart-pounding action adventure so intense the reader is left hyperventilating right through to the end.”
“BLAZE is on fire … this latest in the Samantha Starr Series delivers heart-stopping action with a cast of beautiful babes and hunky guys.”
“BLAZE grips you at the start and doesn’t let go until the action-packed finale.”
The Radio Show's on-the-air radio interviews with Authors about their books will be featured on this web page.
If you have a book you think we should know about, please contact us so that we can contact the author for an interview.
Poseidon’s Sword by S.L.
11,000-year-old prophecy plunges airline pilot Samantha Starr into an
international maelstrom. While flying to exotic locales during a
round-the-world charter flight, Sam stumbles upon the enigmatic key to
Poseidon’s Sword, an ancient weapon of unimaginable power.
triggers a race among secret cults, arms dealers, and world leaders intent on
possessing the doomsday weapon. Old enemies and mysterious allies enter the
fray, believing Sam is vital to locating and activating Poseidon’s Sword. She becomes an
unwilling pawn thrust into a treacherous game trapping her crew, passengers,
and family in the rivals’ deadly power plays. Sam struggles to save them and
thwart her evil adversaries before time runs out in this fast-paced action
Poseidon's Sword is award-winning author S.L. Menear’s second book in the Samantha Starr Series.
“Move over, Indiana Jones. Samantha Starr
is back in action! Throw in the quest for a doomsday weapon, a psychotic
assassin, an underground Nazi cult, a secret Dragon Society hell-bent on
helping their mysterious masters achieve world domination, hidden passageways
with no apparent exits, a 727 airliner landing on an aircraft carrier at sea,
Navy SEALs, and a Special Forces SAS lover who is tall, dark, and Scottish, and
you have just another day in the life of ‘Danger Magnet’ Samantha Starr.”
“Poseidon’s Sword moves faster than a jumbo jet and has a cargo load of thrills. An action-packed read and one you can’t put down.”
“Another thrilling journey that throws the reader off until the very end. I’m ready for the third Starr.”
“S.L. Menear has adeptly intertwined mythology and modern-day aviation in an action-packed thriller that’s hard to put down.”
“An entertaining melding of fantasy and reality. Samantha Starr is a female character not to be trifled with.” More at: www.slmenear.com
Life, Love, & Laughter: 50 Short Stories
S.L. Menear & D.M. Littlefield
This book of 50 short stories, averaging 2 – 20 pages, includes fiction and non-fiction with plenty of belly laughs, dramas, thrillers, mysteries, and romances sure to please everyone. It’s the ideal book for readers who only have brief moments to read, as well as for those who wish to relax and enjoy the entire book in one sitting.
ADVANCE REVIEWS: “Brilliant short stories by two talented authors—kept me on the edge of my seat anxiously awaiting the imaginative surprise endings.”
“These two women have written a bag full of entertaining short stories, mostly filled with wry humor reminiscent of O. Henry. Very well done, filled with fun characters, and the best part is, you can fill any short waiting period with entertaining reading that ends in just a few pages. Definitely a book worth having close at all times.”
“Authors Littlefield and Menear have once again woven their unique abilities to combine humor and suspense into stories that are sure to please the most discriminating readers. Every minute is a worthwhile investment in reading pleasure.”
50 Short Stories are wonderfully
creative writings for adult readers of any age. Littlefield’s and Menear’s
plots and characters are at times laugh-out-loud funny and goosebumpy at
others. Perfect for readers who want to read a short story in one sitting
or enjoy hours of entertainment.”
“A fresh and exciting collection of short stories. Humorous and surprising, a real whodunit treat.”
Final Destination: Disaster:
Final Destination: Disaster:
What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines
It is written from an eighteen-year veteran Eastern pilot insider's perspective, as the author was intimately involved in many aspects of the tumultuous events that culminated in the sale.
To Order Go to Amazon.com
Flying Too Close
To The Sun
Flying Too Close
To The Sun
Heart-Pounding Aviation Intrigue.
Magic in the Air Romance.
Flying Too Close to the Sun is a mystery novel about airline pilots in the throes of serious financial problems, who discover a purported ?easy way out? of their dilemma.
Before you take off on this reading journey,
you?ll want to make sure your seat belt is securely fastened due to
unexpected turbulence, surprising twists, sudden turns and close calls. To Order Go to Amazon.com
Paperback $11.69 Kindle $3.99
To hear our personal interview with
Jehn is a college graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from NY Institute
He flew as a Pilot for the prestigious Eastern Airlines in Miami, FL for approximately eighteen years. 'He flew aircraft such as the Boeing 727, Douglas DC-9; and Airbus A-300 jets. He holds both Pilot and Instructor certificates. During his tenure at Eastern, George spent six years as an elected Pilot Representative from Eastern's New York pilot base and was simultaneously a six-year Member of the Board of Directors of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), a 10-year Member of the Eastern Pilots System Board of Adjustment that adjudicated pilot grievances, as well as the sole pilot member of the Eastern Employee Involvement Committee.
George resigned from Eastern in 1988 to work for US Airways, another large airline and has been a pilot for almost 35 years. Additionally, George has worked as the author of a weekly column for an outdoor magazine, an Aviation Expert Witness for a number of large law firms and is also a member of the Mystery Writer of America and Nonfiction Authors Association - Writers Network. He also is a member of the Rotary International assisting those who are less fortunate in many areas, such as health, economics, education, etc. George also had his first novel published in December, 2012, entitled "Flying Too Close to the Sun", and a second, nonfiction book entitled "Final Destination: Disaster; What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines" that was published on November 1st, 2014.
Contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
Author K. Allen,
“Remembering What I Forgot”
K. Allen was born in 1964 and raised on a spread of nearly two hundred acres in western Maryland, before relocating with his parents in 1980 to Sarasota Florida. Following high school, he became an accomplished triathlete and aquatic fitness instructor. He has an extensive training and event history consisting of triathlons, biathlons and long distance open water swimming, including; the Annual Swim Around Key West for years 1993, 94 and 95.
K. Allen decided on a career in aviation following in the footsteps of his father, former Eastern Airlines Captain Weldon "Lee" Boring and he learned to fly at the Sarasota Bradenton Airport. During this time, he also attended Manatee Community College, and volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician for Sarasota County. He worked after graduating, as a Flight instructor before being hired by United Express. In 1997, he and his wife relocated to Farmington, NM where he earned his hours as a Commuter Captain while starting a family. In the fall of 1999, Ken lost his dad after a decade long battle with Alzheimer’s, and for Ken, it was especially hard as he felt as though a part of him was suddenly—gone. Exactly one year later, Ken was offered the opportunity to fly for Alaska Airlines in Seattle, WA. Tragically however, his career was cut short the following year due to spinal surgery and subsequent loss of his First Class medical.
Ken, while rehabilitating after surgery, decided to pursue a career in nursing, and earned his LPN degree. He realized then that his calling was serving our greatest generation, America’s senior citizens. Ken has made it his mission to help seniors but especially those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other types of neurodegenerative disorders. He worked nearly a decade as a memory unit nurse supervisor with expertise in behavioral modification and interactive care giving and resigned his position in July of 2017.
Recently, Ken published his first book, “Remembering What I Forgot” which details a day in the life of a memory unit nurse. He currently resides in southwest Florida with his wife of 25 years, their teenage son, Trent and his mentally-challenged brother-in-law, Robbie.
"Flight For Sanity"
(Flight For Series Book 4)
Truth is scarier than fiction.
The books above are on Karlene's website for your reading pleasure.
Karlene's book can be bought directly through her website at:
go directly to Amazon to purchase.
Former Eastern Airline Pilot, Clyde Roach
Clyde wrote a book in 1998 entitled: "Confessions of an Airline Pilot - My Life with Eastern Airlines."
Clyde's book is available on
Brian Settles is one of our own, Former Retired Eastern Captains, and one that is familiar to all of our listeners. Brian is a Veteran and hero of the Vietnam War
as well as an Author of 2 books that describe his emotional experiences that he
endured while in battle.
Fighter Pilot in Conflict With Himself:
"When I decided to be a fighter pilot, I was incapable of comprehending the reality that awaited me flying combat missions in an unpopular war. I had just married and was barely an adult ... and yet, I had to leave my life behind to honor a commitment I had made to the Air Force to fly fighter jets."
Captain Brian H. Settles, author of Smoke for Breakfast: A Vietnam Combat Pilot’s Story, struggled as an adopted biracial orphan growing up in the segregated Midwest. He carried the burden of self doubt and perceived alienation from his youth into war with him, although he flew nearly two hundred combat missions during his tour of duty in Vietnam. The death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hit him especially hard. "I was conflicted about the war as it was, but to see my fighter instructor pilots unmoved or mournful about the assassination of the hero of the Civil Rights movement was almost too much to cope with," Settles recalls. "I was on my own to mourn and to heal, to try to find meaning in the tragedy and possibly die in a war to which Dr. King was opposed. Meanwhile, the Civil Rights movement continued taking place thousands of miles away, and I was not a part of it, struggling to survive the war in a distant land, filled with the angst of dying a faux hero, Looking Good in a war I didn’t own. I wanted to serve my country but not in that war.”
A man under the pressure to survive combat and wrestling with the unresolved issues of his youth, Captain Settles readily admits making his share of mistakes with his spiritual anchor not holding firmly. "Men are conditioned by societal influences to seek out female attention," Settles says. "It's true that, when the cat's away, the mice will play. The option for temporary escape from the routine of war ushers in a temptation to explore the fantasies waiting under the disguise of anonymity. It produces the classic struggle between Faithfulness and Ego. A mischievous nature and a shaky faith were often a formula for drama and severe errors of judgment.
But Captain Settles, to his credit,
learned from a failed marriages and subsequent broken relationships, and today
he is a happily married man of God with children and grandchildren who count on
him for guidance and support. He is a mentor of youth, a college professor and
teaches Bible Study to teenagers at Tabernacle of Praise Church International
in McDonough, Ga. "I'm most grateful and humbled by how far I've come,
through the Grace and Mercy of the Lord, and all of the lessons I've learned
that I have to share with others.
Retired airline Captain Brian Howard Settles spent the first two years of his life in a Lincoln, Nebraska orphanage. After the adoption papers were signed by Howard and Bernice Settles, he traveled by train to Muncie, Indiana where, as a light skinned bi-racial youth, he began his journey for acceptance in the segregated neighborhoods of Muncie. Intent on greater social acceptance, young Brian Settles sought excellence in basketball and football and briefly enjoyed a standout prep career until back to back knee injuries shattered his hoop dreams.
Settles embarked on his aviation career by accident, registering late (at the
behest of his mother, Bernice) at Ball
after his hopes for a basketball scholarship to the University of Colorado
were dashed at the last minute. Ironically, he was talked into signing up for
the drill team which meant enrolling in the Air Force ROTC program. While at Ball State,
Captain Settles majored in Secondary Education with a concentration in Spanish
and English and was enticed to enrolling in the ROTC Flight Instruction
program. Proving he could walk and chew gum at the same time, upon graduation
and commissioning in August 1966, he entered into U. S Air Force Undergraduate
Pilot Training at Laredo Air Force Base, Texas.
Being a sports
jock at heart, Captain Settles was captivated by the machismo of being a
fighter pilot and chose the only fighter jet option available to him and most
of his pilot training class mates, an assignment to fly as co-pilot in the F-4
Phantom jet fighter bomber, a move which got him shipped off to Vietnam for a
one year combat tour at Da Nang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam in August 1968.
Captain Settles survived one hundred ninety-nine combat missions flying the F-4
in Vietnam, completing his Air Force obligation as a KC- 135 refueling
tanker pilot at March Air Force Base in Riverside, California and concurrently
earning his Master's degree in International Relations at the University of
Southern California. Captain Settles reluctantly turned down a highly coveted
selection to the U.S. Air Force Academy Political Science faculty to accept
employment in the fall of 1972 as an airline pilot with now defunct Eastern
The Arab Oil
Embargo of the early seventies temporarily cost Captain Settles his lofty pilot
job at Eastern. With a wife and a three year old son, he served for two years
in a counseling position with Rutgers
where he was promoted to Supervisor of Counseling and appointed Assistant Dean
until his recall to Eastern in August of 1976.
Thirteen years later, struggling as a single parent Dad with two sons, the would-be airline pilot was once again forced from his glamorous airline pilot career in March of 1989 when a union strike and subsequent bankruptcy shut down Eastern Air Lines permanently. Perhaps as a lark, but more so intent on keeping the For Sale sign out of the yard of his Atlanta home, with his older son a freshman at Florida A & M University and a thirteen year old at home, the tenacious Settles endured a two year cab driving adventure on the streets of metro Atlanta until fall of 1992 when he was hired by Private Jet Expeditions, an Atlanta charter jet airline.
Unstoppable in his drive to dominate his adversities and restore himself in his aviation career, Captain settles advanced to Captain on the McDonald Douglas 82 passenger jet in six months. Two years later, career storm clouds returned and Captain Settles suffered his second airline bankruptcy collapse. Once again, seeking solvency in his taxi-cab, he drove full time until he secured re-employment in 1995 with Indianapolis based ATA Airlines. In the deja vu of three airline starts, the indomitable adopted orphan from Nebraska worked his way up at ATA from Boeing 727 and 757 co-pilot to Boeing 757 Captain in five years. At the top of his aviation game, Captain Settles enjoyed four years at the pinnacle of his career before the recently amended Pilot Age 60 Rule forced him to retire in 2004.
P.O. Box 151
Griffin, Ga. 30224
Go to Brian’s website to see the description and to purchase both
books he has have written, Smoke for Breakfast: A
Vietnam Combat Pilot's Story and his latest literary
effort, Shattered Dream: A
Single-Parent Airline Pilot's Story.
Books are available thru Brian’s website: http://captbriansettles.com!
Smoke for Breakfast:
Smoke for Breakfast:
This book is a unique literary excursion into the private world of former airline
Captain Brian Settles who flew almost 200 missions as a Vietnam combat
pilot in the F-4 Phantom fighter jet.
Written in the poetic language of a
true wordsmith, the author invites the reader into his guts and glory
world, the culture of bravery, combat flying, and what it took to
The revelations about his fighter pilot existence bleed with a
realism that is heaped with humanity, the challenge to excel, and
survive a combat tour in an unpopular war.
In this diary style read,
Settles takes readers on a graphic flight into the agony of isolation,
deprivation and dying that are the bi-products of aerial combat. In
steamy detail, Captain Settles confesses his failures to overcome the
temptations of infidelity thrust upon him, a child of God whose
neediness to prove himself temporarily dwarfed his faith.
your face exposé of the surreal world of the fighter pilot oozes a
sensuality that is only exceeded in its intensity by his candor.
Readers won’t find a more honest book about marital faithfulness, male ego and war.
Personally signed books available thru website:
Dream: An Eastern Pilot’s Story
Settles was a single parent,
experienced airline pilot who seemed to have it all: freedom, income and
great career until an airline strike and bankruptcy shattered his
existence. Readers of this creatively written, honest book about his
fall from prominence
and the struggle to regain his airline employment will experience the
parental, and financial pressures he faced, raising two sons, keeping a
over their heads and food on the table.
Optimistic about his experience and
pilot qualification, the author, as a short time lark, chose to drive a taxicab
for financial survival in an upscale Atlanta community, but his overconfidence
and naiveté about negotiating his way through the new airline pilot screening
reality subjected him to two and a half ordeal driving three hundred miles per
day, six days, at time seven, just to survive.
Ride with the author as he shares the agony of survival on the streets
of Atlanta and how the experience brought him closer to God and taught him
valuable life lessons that deepened his appreciation for his own humanity and
what it means to be truly blessed.
This is a story of the fall from glory and the unstoppable courage it took to fight his way back into the cockpit as an airline pilot; it is an honest testament of fortitude and not surrendering to his hardships. A truly inspirational read.
Deadstick Dawn By Sharon L. Menear
The Belfast Agreement is about to be shattered by Operation Blue Blood. One young American stands in the way, airline pilot Samantha Starr. She is catapulted into a deadly chess match with police, assassins, and British Special Forces, all who want her dead. The fate of nine noble bloodlines depends on Samantha and a boy whose hero is a wizard.
About the Author:
Sharon L. Menear worked as a water-sports model before traveling the world as a flight attendant with Pan American World Airways. After earning her commercial pilot license, she left Pan Am and worked as a flight instructor, charter pilot, and commuter airline pilot until she acquired the qualifications for employment with a major airline. She was hired by US Airways in 1980 as the first woman pilot, bypassing the flight engineer position. She flew Boeing 727s and 737s, DC-9s, and BAC 1-11 jet airliners. She was promoted to captain after seven years as a copilot. Sharon also enjoyed flying antique airplanes, experimental aircraft, and third-world fighter airplanes. Throughout her career, she enjoyed scuba diving, powered paragliding, snow skiing, surfing, horseback riding, aerobatic flying, sailing, and riding motorcycles. Her new passion is writing aviation thrillers. The first novel in the Samantha Starr Series, “Deadstick Dawn,” won the 2011 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Unpublished Thriller. Go to: www.slmenear.com
All The Stories From Here and There By Howard Meuche:
Enjoy more of Howard Meuche’s true stories from “All The Stories From Here and There” by going to visit his blog site at:
You can find out how Howard, born German and spoke fluent
German ended up in “Secret
Communications” during WWII, you can find out about a stranger in Zurich and one murder story. I enjoy all of the stories and I am sure you will too.
As a world traveling, successful business man he has many
interesting stories to tell. At 90 years of age he has seen many new
He is part of modernizing America through the years with his vast business experiences and companies he owned.
I say “is” because he and 4 of his lunch friends (all equally experienced in business and retired) meet with a young person each Wednesday to help develop their ideas and teach what they will need to build their own companies.
All The Stories From Here and There
by Howard Meuche
This book is a potpourri of stories written over a period of time, The stories are about places my wife and I have been, as well as situations I found myself in my travels. There are a few autobiographical stories about growing up and stories about family situations. There are also some about individuals I have known and a few about business experiences. To Order CLICK HERE
Cockpit Confidential by Patrick Smith
Cockpit Confidential by Patrick Smith
Cockpit Confidential written
by Patrick Smith
For millions of people, travel by air is a confounding, uncomfortable, and even fearful experience. Patrick Smith, airline pilot and author of the web's popular Ask the Pilot feature, separates the fact from fallacy and tells you everything you need to know...? How planes fly, and a revealing look at the men and women who fly them? Straight talk on turbulence, pilot training, and safety? The real story on congestion, delays, and the dysfunction of the modern airport? The myths and misconceptions of cabin air and cockpit automation? Terrorism in perspective, and a provocative look at security? Airfares, seating woes, and the pitfalls of airline customer service?
The colors and cultures of the airlines we love to hate, Cockpit Confidential covers not only the nuts and bolts of flying, but also the grand theater of air travel, from airport architecture to inflight service to the excitement of travel abroad. It's a thoughtful, funny, at times deeply personal look into the strange and misunderstood world of commercial flying.
The ideal book for frequent flyers, nervous passengers, and global travelers.
Refreshed and vastly expanding from the original Ask the Pilot, with approximately 75 percent new material.
Paperback $11.56 Kindle $7.69
Go to: Amazon.com and
search Title or Author's Name
To hear the EAL Radio Show
interview with Patrick Smith
go to Episode 139
Patrick Smith Wrote The Book
He is a well know speaker and web personality. Patrick is also an airline Captain. He is known to answer all questions about flying, commercial airline operations, crew member relations and much more. Our hosts will be asking Patrick questions about writing books of this type and we invite you to join us for your questions and thoughts. Monday, November 4th we depart the Gate at 7:00 pm EST. Plan to be on board.
Eastern Air Lines by David Lee Russell
by David Lee Russell
Eastern Air Lines began in 1926 and last flew on January 18, 1991. Aviation pioneer Harold Pitcairn was the founder. He built airplanes and began the first carrier air mail route from New York to Atlanta under his company, Pitcairn Aviation.
In 1929, Pitcairn was sold to Clement Keys of National Air Transport for $2.5 million. Keys changed the name to Eastern Air Transport and began passenger service the next year on daily round-trips between New York and Richmond.
The airline grew, was purchased by General Motors and the name changed to Eastern Air Lines in 1934. In 1938, World War I flying ace Edward V. Rickenbacker purchased the airline, led it to become by the 1950s the most profitable airline in the United States, and took it into the jet age in the 1960s. Former astronaut Frank Borman became president of Eastern in 1975 and tried to manage the airline through the era of airline deregulation, labor union conflict, and heavy debt, ending with the sale of Eastern to Frank Lorenzo and Texas Air in 1986. The airline entered bankruptcy in March 1989, and ended service in less than two years.
David Lee Russell is the author of numerous history and action thriller fiction books. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University. David then attended Naval Aviation Officer’s Candidate School in Pensacola and was commissioned as Ensign-Special Duty Intelligence. After Intelligence training, he served as an Air/ASW Intelligence Officer in Southeast Asia, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean for Patrol Squadron Four.
After his military service, David started a long career in Information Technology with various Fortune 500 corporations. David resides in Milton, Georgia and continues his writing projects.
The book may be ordered at Amazon.com by going to the authors name.
Recent Blog Entries
Recent Forum Posts
"Wings of Man(y)" by Neal Holland
The Wings of Man(y)
Click Buy Now Below.....
This will open a PayPal charge that you can make, or select another method of payment i.e., VISA, MasterCard, AMEX
Total cost is $14.95
Featured This Month
of the Katherine Stinson Award
Presented in 2002 in Washington, DC for her Diversion of the American Airlines Flight on 9/11/2001 to Gander, Newfoundland during the Terriorist Attack on American at the World Trade Center
Beverley's Impressive Life:
- First Female Captain for American Airlines
- Local Girl Mid-Atlantic on 9/11
- Captain Beverley Bass, Recipient
of the Katherine Stinson Award
- Fort Myers Native Subject of Broadway Musical, "Come From Away"
written by David Hein and Irene Sankoff, premiered in the La Jolla, CA
Playhouse in June, 2015.
A live-theater musical about the Gander rescue of more than 7,000 international travelers in September, 2001, the musical is breaking box office records. After a 2-month extension of its run time in La Jolla, it broke a 53-year box office record at the Seattle Repertory Theater, finally selling to standing-room-only audiences. In March, 2017, "Come From Away" opens on Broadway.
"Come From Away" is an original, rock-inspired world-premiere musical based on the true story of when the isolated town of Gander, Newfoundland played host to the world. What started as an average day in a small town turned in to an international sleepover when 38 planes were diverted to Gander on September 11, 2001. Undaunted by culture clashes and language barriers, the spirited town cheered the stranded travelers with music, an open bar and the recognition that we’re all part of a global family.
Book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley
A co-production with Seattle Repertory Theater