Mark Vanhoenacker
Pilot and Author, British Airways

Mark Vanhoenacker is a senior first officer with British Airways. He is the author of Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot (2015) and a regular contributor to The New York Times. Contact him via

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The parlance of pilots

High above London, Tokyo and Cairo, the language of the cockpit is technical, obscure, geeky – and irresistibly romantic

Mark Vanhoenacker