of lives hover in the skies above Chicago. An average day in the TRACON
for air traffic controller Ryan Kelly. Cool and confident, he juggles
airliners like a casino dealer shuffles cards from the dark vantage of
the radar room at OHare Airport.
Theres just one problem.
A billion-dollar one. Kelly fears the airlines coveted collision
avoidance system will cause the very midair its supposed to prevent.
When peculiar readouts flash across his scope, two jets tangle over Lake
Michigan and several hundred people die, propelling Kelly into the political
and public crosshairs.
Evidence vanishes. Hidden
forces sabotage his reputation. His tightly coiled world spins out of
control. Theres only one way to clear his name and expose the renegade
computer ... but at great peril to the one he loves.
Little Known Facts About TRACON
FAA kicked the author out of OHare Airport while he
was researching TRACON.
All of the humorous vignettes
in the book that describe the
characters lives as controllers actually
is so real that pilots and aviation professionals use
the book as a training tool.
The air disaster in TRACON
takes place over Lake
Michigan and is based on several real-life incidents.
think TRACON so authentically captures
essence of their professionand the personality
people who work the scopesthat their national
asked the author to write a book about its history.
Vividly Captures Controllers World
air traffic control world is off-limits to most of you and, consequently,
often misunderstood. This book accomplishes what many media accounts,
newspaper articles, magazine treatments, and movies have tried and failed
to do: get into the minds of the men and women who are responsible for
more lives in an hour than most surgeons are in a lifetime. TRACON
is a fictionalized account so accurate and chilling in its realism that
it strikes people in the aviation business as a narrative summary of actual
John S. Carr, president of
the National Air Traffic Controllers Association
with the 20th anniversary
of the air traffic controllersí strike on August 3, 2001, Japphire published
a commemorative hardcover edition of TRACON.
The hardcover contains additional nonfiction content about aviationís
unsung heroes, their past struggles and emerging concerns.
In the foreword, John S. Carr, president
of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, discusses the aftershocks
of the strikein which
President Reagan fired more than 11,000 workers for walking off the jobpaints
a colorful description of the personality profiles of controllers, and
outlines pitfalls and suggested solutions to gridlock in the skies.
In the afterword, Paul McElroy discusses
emerging problems facing our nations air traffic control system
while labor management scholar
Rebecca Pels Lust offers a critical assessment of
the causes behind the PATCO strike.