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What's it really like to be a new airline captain? How does it feel to be ultimately responsible for a jet, its crew, and the lives of its passengers? And how does one remain calm while battling mechanical malfunctions in the flight simulator, thunderstorms in Mexico City, or blizzards in Chicago? Find out for yourself when you strap in to the extra flight deck jumpseat and fly along with 31-year-old Korry Franke in this vivid and fast-paced memoir about his eventful first year as a United Airlines 737 captain. Experience the challenges, insecurities, successes, and failures of a new leader stepping up and taking command in the high-stakes world of airline flying. And along the way, discover that while 3 Feet to the Left is a story about Korry, it's really a story about all of us. Because in one way or another, we are all on our own journeys...three feet to the left.

©2018 Korry Franke (P)2019 Korry Franke

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As a pilot I've got to say, I'm amazed you were given a captaincy. Your wife would have done a better job. You doubt yourself at every turn, and have zero leadership personality. I doubt this is your age, but more about who you are. It doesn't even sound like you want the responsibility. Additionally, and this is where you youth does factor I'm, you are a captain with one of the world's largest airlines, and all you seem to do is whinge and wine about your place in the hierarchy. You have no right to complain as you do, you insult all other pilots or wannabe pilots. Appreciate what you have, the last thing you should have done is write a book to vent your woes.

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Great insight

As a private pilot, I've always wondered what it would be like to captain a modern-day commercial jet. Korry's insight was exactly what I was looking for, enjoy every minute listing to his stories. Can't help but think how Korry's journey is continuing adding in the present Coronavirus restrictions. Look forward to the next book. Cheers and thanks again for the insight.

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sensational read

Just the right mix of tech talk, inspiration, reality and emotion. a very engaging read.

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  • 14-10-2019

worse than a hangover

It was so sugar sweet I needed im
nsulin. dont waste a dime on this trash. Its simplistic view and patter made me ashamed to be a pilot.

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  • Vicki
  • 20-09-2021

Incredible perspective

The end is profound. This was a fun story with great anecdotes that can apply to people in every field. A new managers perspective about roles, rules, and human interaction.

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  • Adam Bradshaw
  • 10-08-2021

Career Changer

What an amazing story of growth leadership and airline pilot life. As an Army Officer and leader, this publication, while generally specific to the airlines, provides an invaluable lens in examining effective leadership principles. I highly recommend this career changing work. Thank you CPT Franke

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  • Ron Fink
  • 20-08-2020

Trust Fund

No way to pay for Emory Riddle ($100,000 plus) a Master in Business Degree as well prior- that’s a fortune. Especially a cfi or even first officer job at $14,000 year. Work for free ?! as “Intern” move up so quickly without outside help. No bank will lend that kind of money with no job or $12.00 CFI hr.

Living in nice high rise in Chicago on beginner pilot license....
Leaving all this out. Deceiving young people into believing this can happen so quickly eating out high class restaurants.
Don’t forget about only being paid while flying maybe a few hours to get ready. Staying away from family more than half a year.
This isn’t the 1970’s where pilots were paid 6 figures. Many have to pay the airlines to fly their planes until hired, most commute many across the USA in jump seat or very back of plane. Not paid to do that. Days on standby where you must be available anywhere from 3-12 hours at their beckon call. Ah you don’t get paid for that.
If you fail your medical your done!
Why do we see so many many pilots walking picket lines many older with seniority.
Kids please read “Squawk 7700” before you get hopes up. It’s not what you think and is portrayed in this book.
Eating Roman noodles if that, horrible routes everything is outsourced.

Read listen to “Squawk 7700” for reality of airline business. Want my money back please , all rainbows and unicorns.
This guy thinks he’s gift to all.
Wonder what he’s doing know with COVID?
Sitting home wife paying bills.

There is no way this guy should be captain of an airline. Incredible staying on ground frequency not changing to tower did he fill out the FAA incident report ?
Is this fiction! Incredible especially since company check airmen was there.
How befuddled in a real emergency not a simulator especially minimum 1500 hours because you paid$100,000 for Emery Riddle. Seems like the extra 500 hours was needed as most pilots who can’t afford all this education must do.
What would the military do with these type mistakes? You wouldn’t fly again.
Wrong microphones, not clearly conveying the checking of fuel, forgets to release parking brake .... all that stress on front strut without even doing NDT (non destructive testing -dye or electric) likely caused tremendous stress to pneumatic front strut gear pin or not. Next person flew that plane I wonder if he logged it in the aircraft log.
Not enough experience when you get these free rides to top....
Reminds me the plane landed with front gear sideways years ago did something like that happen?
Send our US aircraft out of this Country for maintenance. Again read listen “Squawk 7700” you may never fly again.

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  • Basem Aggad
  • 04-06-2020

interesting take , performance could be better

an interesting take on a great career in aviation that has many valuable nuggets that is relevant not only to those interested in aviation but also personal, leadership & relationship reflections that were worth the listen.

I usually prefer books narrated by their authors, but in this instance, I think the narration could've been executed in a more elaborate way.

otherwise many great takeaways.. thanks Korry

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-05-2020

Great book!

Happened to stumble upon this book. As a student pilot I always find this type of advice and story to excite myself even more for what’s to come!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-2020

As an overall I like the book.

I’m a pilot myself and understand the story and felt several times as if I was one of the First Officer.
My only comment for improvement; I believe the the author could omit the interchange of voice characters in the story when there are two persons talking. For example, instead of Korry said or Jane replied, the narrator could just make different voice and the conversation would be understood. Thanks I enjoyed the book.

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  • Richard
  • 05-03-2020

Captivating Story Teller!

Captain Franke takes you along for the inspiring ride of a new Captain in his first year as a new leader. Having recently completed my first year as a Major Airline Captain myself I can relate to many of his stories. This is a great book to read for anyone in a leadership position. CAVOK to you Capt. Franke.....

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  • Tara C.
  • 12-02-2020

This book made me realize a lot of things!

Thank you Korry with the “K” for sharing your journey. This book has made understand a lot of things to start my journey. I am now, getting my Master’s of science in aviation. Again, thank you. Safe landings!!

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  • Mitchell Johnson
  • 01-02-2020

A True Help for my Career

This book has helped prepare me for my upcoming upgrade to captain, as well as help me understand more about being a First Officer that can better assist his Captain until then! A fantastic book that I could not put away!

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  • Teddy Masinde
  • 06-06-2020

A must read for every airline aviator!

I have just finished savoring the very interesting literary journey that is 3 feet to the left and I must say I am very glad that I came across his book. As someone in the aviation industry myself I could relate to his ups and downs as he trained on his journey from the right First Officer’s seat to the left Captain’s seat, his wonderful writing style and vivid descriptions making me feel like I was right there with him. This book is for everyone, from the layman with the the slightest interest in aviation to the expert aviator with tens of thousands of flying hours under their belt. It is easy to read and understand, and really goes into details about what goes on in the cockpit of your typical as well as not so typical flight. Everyone is bound to learn something from this book, not only about the world of airline flying from a pilot’s perspective but also about life in general. A fantastic read, highly recommended!

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