Critical Point by Geoffrey Waring
Set in the newly independent Republic of Mongoma, with a turbulent backdrop of Realpolitik and brutal rebellion, this novel takes you into the cockpits of the anonymous freight planes which ordinary airline travellers seldom notice - and into the hidden lives of the men who fly them.
Affreight Express is an air charter company that doesn’t ask too many questions. Toogood Kibovo the egotistical chairman of the company wants to make it the leading airfreight company in all of Africa.
Captain William Gunn, from a childhood in Glasgow slums, is a pilot with a past who seeks redemption as he assists Kibovo achieve his vision.
Ambitious young Australian pilot, Gary Sunnex, and troubled Kulzwanan flight engineer, Salim Njami, crew the fateful flight setting them on a deceptive path to an illusory future.