10/03/2014 09:56 pm ET | Updated Dec 03, 2014

Readin' Researchin' Writin' and the Tools to Make it Happen

Last month at the invitation of Nils Haupt, Lufthansa's former head of North American PR, I spoke to a small group of aviation and business writers about the book I have been contracted to write about the disappearance of MH 370 and other aviation mysteries. It was thrilling to be questioned about my theories and my experiences covering the story for ABC News from Malaysia, by people who had given the subject a lot of thought. 

With me that night, was Emily Baker, the acquisitions editor at Penguin who purchased the book and who, to my delight, is a big aviation geek. Don't ask her about Amelia Earhart unless you have a lot of time on your hands. 

But the time for salon talks is drawing to an end. This weekend, I will blubber like a baby at the wedding of my daughter, watch her and her new husband Elliot speed head off on their honeymoon, then leave for Australia and the annual seminar of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators.  A number of the people actively involved in the search for the missing airliner will be presenting papers. 

Yes, the time for talk is over. The reading, researching and yes, even the writing has begun. Because I intend to bring you along during the process, I thought I'd review the tools I've acquired and a review of their usefulness. 


Readin' -- Samir Kohli, a pilot, air safety investigator and the 2014 recipient of the Flight Safety Foundation's Cecil A. Brownlow award, has penned Into Oblivion, Understanding MH#370, a comprehensive book explaining the theories, technology and science related to Malaysia Flight 370. He drills deep to explain aspects of the air travel infrastructure allowing readers to come to their own conclusions about the likelihood of certain theories about the mystery.