Mark Vanhoenacker

Mark Vanhoenacker


Mark Vanhoenacker is a commercial airline pilot and writer. In his first book, the 2015 bestseller Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot, Mark shares his passion for flight—the beauty of airplanes, the joy of their motion, and the grace that height and distance bestow on everything we love—in an age in which such wonders are too easily taken for granted. He is also the author of How to Land a Plane (2017) and Imagine a City (2022).

A regular contributor to The New York Times and a columnist for the Financial Times, he has also written for Wired, The Times, and the Los Angeles Times. Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, he trained as a historian and worked as a management consultant before starting his flight training in Britain in 2001. He now flies the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from London to cities around the world. Please see his website for his recent writing, or follow him on Twitter @markv747.


Mark Vanhoenacker @markv747

Beautiful #Airgreenland customer flight compilation Airbus #A330Neo #AvGeek #Airbus @AirGreenlandSAS #Planespotting @TLSWatch

🎅✈️ ho ho ho, UK-based readers and Christmas shoppers! For those interested in signed copies of 'Imagine a City' or 'Skyfaring', please contact Daunt Books in Belsize Park ( or DM me by 10th December. I'll sign/dedicate/draw aeroplanes; they'll post! ✈️🎅

loved this! New York in the slow lane — across the state by bike

Why youth must have a say in how cities grow

'Imagine a City' is a 2022 'Books we Love' from NPR! And a Kirkus pick for 2022, as well. (just in time for the armchair traveler or aviator on your list, perhaps...!)

Sporty's catalog meant the world to me when I was a little kid, dreaming of becoming a pilot. So this big kid was thrilled join @JTZim on the Sporty's Pilot's Discretion podcast. have a listen here. @Sportys

I'm thrilled to see 'Imagine a City' on Kirkus's 'best of 2022' list! #kirkusreviews

oh, wow. Michael Heizer’s City: a monument 50 years in the making - a lovely article by @rbrtrmstrng

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Calvino's 'Invisible Cities', 'Invisible Cities and the Urban Imagination' is published. My chapter addresses the role of #Venice in Calvino's fiction.

looking very smart! Germany Takes Delivery Of Its 1st Fully Equipped Government Airbus A350

Western MA folks! I hope to see you on Thursday at 7pm, at the Odyssey Bookshop. looking forward!

highPad (an image I took for my latest Financial Times article:

my latest for the Financial Times: Why the iPad is the pilot’s new best friend

As a commercial pilot and best-selling author, @markv747 has seen the world from a rare perspective. Here, he tells us about life in the cockpit #TravelThatChangedMe

over the moonlit Pamir peaks of Tajikistan