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Flight Discipline 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0070343719
ISBN-10: 0070343713
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``A skilled pilot without flight discipline is a walking time bomb.'' In case history after case history, Lt. Col. Tony Kern shows the hair-raising and often fatal consequences of sloppy flight discipline--and shows you how to make sure that you don't fall into the same traps. Flight Discipline is the perfect tool to help aviators understand flight discipline, improve their skills, and be safer and more effective flyers. It can be used by the individual pilot or in a classroom setting. Key words and concepts are italicized throughout. Chapter review questions test your understanding and summarize the main points of the chapters. Case studies illustrate the tragic consequences of sloppy discipline. The book is divided into three logical sections, each packed with essential information about the hows and whys of flight discipline: Part One: The problem and costs of poor flight discipline in aviation: what can go wrong, and why; Part Two: The anatomy of flight discipline: instruction, planning, communication, and attention management; Part Three: How to insure flight discipline: instruction, planning, communication, and attention management. Conclusion: A personal plan for safer flying. Clear check-points for individual accountability and improvement. Whether flight planning, completing checklists, managing in-flight change, or resisting organizational or peer pressures to cut corners, flight discipline is the all-important mainspring of safe and successful flight.

About the Author

Dr. Tony Kern is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He has commanded KC-135 tankers, piloted B-1B bombers, and served in various operational and training capacities in his Air Force career. He has designed numerous aviation education and training programs that have been implemented across the spectrum of aviation. He also lectures and consults internationally on aviation human factors and pilot accountability. Kern holds master's degrees in public administration and military history, and a doctorate in higher education. He currently lives and instructs at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (February 22, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070343713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070343719
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is certainly a must read book for pilots, from students like myself, to those on the top of the aviation food chain. Mr. Kern provides the WHY pilots MUST follow procedures like using checklists to making good decisions on when and when not to fly or the need to be in strict compliance with FAR/AIM's. His points are illustrated with numerous mishaps and close calls when pilots chose to break the rules. There is nothing more riveting than to "stand on the shoulder of giants" and learn from countless mistakes from both the military and civilian arenas of aviation. This most certainly will make me a better informed pilot. Thanks Lt. Col. Kern
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LTC Kern's Flight Discipline gives the reader an enormous education on professionalism in the cockpit in just under 400 pages. His book is one that should be on the required reading list for any serious pilot, especially those in crewed aircraft.
It will make you a better pilot.
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Tony Kern has left no rock unturned as he microscopes the complex topic of human factors down to its very essence -- flight discipline!

In sum, "there are old pilots, and bold pilots...but no old bold pilots!" Kern's book, unlike any other I've read, will equip you to become that "old pilot"!

As a flight instructor, I recommend this book to ALL my students because if the principles in this book are applied, it is the perfect preventative medicine to most pilot error accidents!
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If you're a student or recently licensed pilot, this book should be on your must read list. In spite of it's heft, it's a pretty quick read.
Tony Kern (a former B1 instructor pilot) does an excellent job of conveying the importance (necessity) of discipline in safe flying, as well as explaining some easily overlooked points such as: how to tell when you're missing it, how to acquire it and how to maintain it. Though he focusses on aviation, most of the book's points are generally applicable to any sizeable undertaking.
My only criticism (and it's a minor point) is that some of the impact of the cases will be lost unless you're familiar with instrument flying.
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An excellent book about the essential discipline of flight.
I had three minor problems with the book which would not keep me from recommending it to others as a must read. I will focus on these rather than the positives because the other reviewers have done an excellent job
Several incidents would benefit from a little more data which would give the reader a better understanding of the situation.
I found the discussion of the Ron Brown crash implausable. That a crew with limited experience in ADF flying would not have selected the beacon at the airport which lay ahead and defined the MAP.
Finally , a nunber of the incidents are duplications of those in A Darker Shade of Blue. My guess is that there are enough lumps of smoking aluminum around to offer fresh meat for each of the book ie The AA 965.
These minor comments aside it is a must read
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This book is by far one of the best books about flying I've ever read. A must read for all pilots.
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Discipline is one often neglected but essential part in Cockpit Management.

Tony Kern managed to review this subject in its entirety. From the different aspects and perspectives this fundamental component of aviation is studied through the many sources and projections. This book thoroughly illustrate the critical need of such a subject for the completeness of aviation read. It is an essential part for threat and error reduction and definitely make you a more thorough and safer aviator.

I strongly recommend this title.
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