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"(Airmanship) is a unique work, which, perhaps for the first time, begins to define the professional ethos of being an airman." -- Nance, John J., Author of Blind Trust and ABC News Aviation Consultant

"Kern hits the mark with the focus on individual responsibility and airmanship... " "There is no improvement like self-improvement, and "Airmanship" hits the critical points on complacency, discipline, and pilot judgment" -- Brigadier General Chuck Yeager

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Here, for the first time, is a systematic model of professional airmanship, for all pockets of the aviation community. With this book as a guide, you too will develop the "right stuff" for today's complex world of flight. Step by step, system by system, the book shows you how to:

  • Use history's greatest flyers as role models--and follow in their footsteps
  • Define standards and measurements for success
  • Understand specific aspects of airmanship, using case studies and lessons learned
  • Handle peer pressure, lack of time, and stress
  • Reduce errors and aid decision-making
  • Manage risks
  • Evaluate your own performance
  • Illuminate a path for self-improvement
  • Advance your career
Redefining Airmanship gives you a holistic model of good airmanship and shows you how to use that model to measure and improve your performance. Using the book's Individual Improvement Plan, you can increase your confidence. . .develop flight discipline. . .understand your aircraft. . .know your crew's strengths and weaknesses. . .be an effective team manager. . .and achieve your personal best as an airman.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 463 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070342849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070342842
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By John Breitinger on May 5, 2002
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Throughout my entire time as a pilot, I have been concerned with the huge gap that exists between the safety record of professionally managed commercial and military flight operations and those of general aviation pilots like me.
I am a 1,000-hour instrument-rated private pilot. I have been flying for about 12 years. Together with a partner, I own and operate my own single-engine airplane that I use frequently in the course of my business and daily life. I live in operate primarily within the Upper Midwest where the environment serves up daily challenges.
Over time, I have observed that most GA pilots seem to gravitate toward one or the other of the polar extremes. I think of them as the can-do achievers at one end of the spectrum and the pocket-protector types at the other end. The achievers are those successful people who seem to be able to do anything. They love a challenge and are risk takers. The pocket protector types love figuring things out and have an infinite willingness to wrestle with a question and figure it out. While there is obviously a broad spectrum in between, this has always aided me in sizing a guy up and figuring out how he approached flying. The best pilots I know posses the attributes of both.
My own personality has always been a source of concern in this regard. I find myself consistently falling short of the best flyers. I can claim neither the innate talent nor the tremendous focus and long attention span that these folks all seem to have. I was always a C student. And I do not have the benefit of a large resource-rich organization to support me.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2002
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How important is this book? It is as important for pilots to read and re-read as Wolfgang Langewiesche's "Stick & Rudder". Than this, there is no higher praise.
Dr. Kern proposes herein a simple but profound model to help us understand airmanship and he proceeds to support, explicate and instantiate that model using clear and well-chosen case material.
This is good stuff! The author draws on his own experience as an Air Force pilot and on his academic background as a human factors expert to summarize elegantly a vast area of knowledge vital to every aviator -- whether military, commercial or GA. As an instrument rated private pilot, I found all of the material in this book very relevent to the issues I deal with when I fly.
The way of thinking about airmanship that Dr. Kern lays out is important to all pilots -- but I believe that it is overwhelmingly important to pilots who are not engaged in either formal training or in the pursuit of advanced ratings. Taking this thinking to heart will keep you growing as a pilot, and will ultimately keep you alive.
For pilots embarked on a professional career path, Dr. Kern identifies goals, exposes pitfalls and outlines methods that will complement and enhance any training program and any intended progression through the ratings.
Please, read, study and reflect on this work. It is outstanding!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By on December 8, 1998
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Tony Kern has written a detailed, yet compelling, story for airmanship in the 21st century. His research is thorough, his examples are vivid, and his personal experience ties them together. As a safety professional, I was amazed to see that almost all of his "lessons learned" could be applied to ground operations, as well as flight. Wish I'd written the book!
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Provides practical, real-life guidance for how to become a better airman. The foundation of quality airmanship is discipline, skill, and proficiency. Kern unpacks this throughout the text to point out that being a good airman is about more than just being a good 'stick and rudder pilot' or about being a good 'decision maker'. Its about combining all those into one complete package. He gives concrete steps on how to achieve this level of airmanship. Kern keeps things realistic by analyzing many key aviation incidents and accidents. Kern also gives the reader encouragement along the way pointing out that safe airmanship begins with the reader. We each can choose to become a better airman.

I highly recommend this book to any General Aviation pilot who wants to unpack more of what it means to be a good airman. I had many 'a-ha' moments while reading this book which helped me correlate my experiences with Kern's model of airmanship.

At the end of the book Kern says: "The cure for the rash of human-error accidents and incidents lies at our fingertips. Through self-improvement, we, as aviators, can effect a cultural change in aviation. We can make undisciplined, unskilled, or unknowledgeable aviators a thing of the past...The essence of what it means to be an airman cannot fall by the wayside. We need a shared sense of “who we are and what we stand for,” as General Shaud so astutely pointed out in the foreword. The common structure and language suggested in this book may be the first step in this direction. The next step is yours." (pg 430)
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