Book Review of LIFE IN THE SKIES
Life In the Skies : Everything You Want To Know
by Captain Lim Khoy Hing
Now everyone can fly! Now everyone can know about flying as well!
In Life In The Skies, Captain Lim opened another aspect of the skies above those of us on the ground, and around us, if we had been flying. Captain Lim had crystallised his 40 years of flying experience into 25 tastefully written chapters enticing the reader to explore into the thousands of queries that ran through the minds of airline passengers.
Questions on what are pilots made, whether of pure courage or lifelong commitment to observance of systems and precision, were answered in meticulous details which could deter some pilots-to-be from pursuing further in their courses. The author’s many encounters in airports around the world prepared pilots and passengers alike that destination-hopping could be less pleasurable, but challenging, instead.
Safety is the most important word in the troika of passenger, pilot and airline. The factors which could affect this bond for achieving on-time performance to enable the passenger not to miss connecting flights was elaborated with real life events. In this social contract of a different kind, what are the rights and responsibilities of each party? Honesty is as much important as sobriety on board, as explained by Captain Lim, warning against giving birth to babies on board, as well as not to test the captain’s patience from maintaining law and order on “his aircraft” as a judge would say of “his court”.
Life In The Skies speaks out in easy to read language. Interjected with aviation jargon, the author had skilfully implanted familiarity of such vocabulary into the reader’s mind. On hearing the word “taxi” again, the passenger would most probably clarify context before calling the cab station on the ground.
The book had delivered the author’s objective of bringing airline life to the man-on-the-street. Life In The Skies justifies a place in the television lounge. It is certainly worth a second read.
Reviewed by Dr. Daphne Loke, Lake Poet.
Author, Political Sojourn; Leadership Reflections and Beyond Obstacles
September 20, 2013