Trained as an historian, Mark Vanhoenacker worked for several years as a management consultant before starting his flight training in 2001. His airline career began in 2003 on the Airbus A320 series aircraft. Today he flies the Boeing 747 to major cities around the world.
In his first book, Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot , Mark shares his passion for flight—the beauty of airplanes, the joy of their motion, and the grace that height and distance bestow on everything we love—in an age in which such wonders are too easily taken for granted.
Mark contributes science, opinion, culture and travel articles to The New York Times and to Slate, where he is a regular columnist. He has also been published in Wired, The Times, The Independent, Financial Times and various other UK and US publications.
Please see here [www.markvr.com] for his recent writing.
SKYFARING – Buy it here.
Think back to when you first flew. When you first left the Earth, and travelled high and fast above its turning arc. When you looked down on a new world, captured simply and perfectly through a window fringed with ice. When you descended towards a city, and arrived from the sky as effortlessly as daybreak.
In Skyfaring, airline pilot and flight romantic Mark Vanhoenacker shares his irrepressible love of flying, on a journey from day to night, from new ways of mapmaking and the poetry of physics to the names ofwinds and the nature of clouds. Here, anew, is the simple wonder that remains at the heart of an experience which modern travellers, armchair and otherwise, all too easily take for granted: the transcendent joy of motion, and the remarkable new perspectives that height and distance bestow on everything we love.
‘A beautiful, contemplative book… What Skyfaring gives is something we need: elevation; another perspective… Normally when I find a volume where prose style and subject matter fuse so pleasingly, I tear through it in a day. Here, I found myself pausing on almost every page, as I absorbed its detail or phrasing.’ – Nicholas Lezard, Guardian
A 2015 Book of the Year – The Economist, The New York Times, GQ.
PUBLISHER: Chatto & Windus
PUBLICATION DATE: 2nd April 2015