Madison, WI (PressExposure) April 16, 2011 -- Squawk 7700, an aviation autobiography by Peter M. Buffington, tells of his personal adventure into the world of aviation to achieve a professional airline pilot career. He provides riveting details of daily operations within the aviation industry, and the struggles flight crew members face to maintain their lifestyles.
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 to first officer aboard the ATR 42 and ATR 72 turboprop airliners, island hopping across the Caribbean, Buffington relates his personal experiences. He explains why recent accidents, like Colgan Air Flight 3407, in Buffalo, NY, and Comair Flight 5191, in Lexington, KY, can occur.
Jeff Skiles, the first officer with Captain C.B. "Sully" Sullenberger on US Airways Flight 1549 that ditched into the Hudson River, endorses "Squawk 7700" as "mandatory reading,"
"Based upon my personal experiences as an airline pilot and as acting first officer aboard US Airways Flight 1549 that ditched into the Hudson River," Skiles says, "I recommend 'Squawk 7700' for anyone interested in an aviation career, and mandatory reading for those who fly on our national airline system."
Shortly after the US Airways Flight 1549 incident in New York, Buffington and Skiles began working together to see that changes were implemented in the way regional airlines hired pilots, and to expose the daily lifestyle challenges of regional airline pilots. Skiles was called to testify before Congress on numerous occasions in 2009, and explained why change was urgently needed in the regional airline industry. On July 30th, 2010, the U.S. House and Senate passed the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Bill, setting forth new pilot hiring minimums and training requirements. On August 1st, 2010, the President of the United States signed the FAA Safety Bill, HR 5900.
"Squawk 7700" is available for sale in paperback or eBook format online at Amazon.com and through other means, such as Google Checkout at http://www.squawk7700.com . ISBN-13: 978-0971208414. The eBook has consistently ranked in Amazon's top 5 Aviation Bestsellers for the last six months and counting.
About the Author
Peter Buffington, author, has been a licensed commercial pilot for 15 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Sciences from the University of North Dakota and is currently employed as a Software Quality Analyst. He now only flies for pleasure outside of work. Peter has logged more than 2,700 hours total flying time in countless aircraft makes and models.