The Flying Book
My mom and dad visited from Wisconsin last week and we were talking about flying. My parents love to fly, but we have a family friend who's pretty much terrified of it. I went through the same sort of spell for a while. A couple of years ago I read The Flying Book. There's no magic to this title, it just tells you everything that's going on in an airplane as you're riding in it. I read this on a flight and I relaxed a lot. I read it before a second flight some months later and now flying is something that's really enjoyable for me again. Here's a link to the title on Amazon:
This is one book that lives up to the seemingly hyperbolic claims of its subtitle. Blatner, the author of books on mathematics, digital imaging, and virtual reality, is also a pilot who has logged hundreds of hours in the air. Concentrating on commercial aviation, he offers a compendium of fascinating facts.
I found an extremely insightful review on Amazon that effectively sums up how the book works:
...So, Blatner sets about explaining everything about every aspect of how planes work -- so that you have fewer gaps in your knowledge to fill with worst-case scenarios.
I like that definition of fear; gaps in your knowlege that you fill with worst case scenarios.