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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 463 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070342849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070342842
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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``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)

``(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)

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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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Often uttered but may not be thoroughly understood.
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Tony Kern has written a detailed, yet compelling, story for airmanship in the 21st century.
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I know that being anything other than an excellent pilot is unacceptable.
John Breitinger

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24 of 28 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 Safety15@aol.com 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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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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Tony Kern has managed to pull together the wisdom and experience of "the best" pilots around. His use of case studies of real pilots and real situations includes examples from the military, commercial, and geneal aviation communities. In short, the book is useful for any pilot whether they are working toward their private pilot license or are employed as a senior airline captain. For many pilots, it will reinforce what they already know and practice but for many, it will provide the opportunity to become "old" pilots. If you fly, read the book.
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The "go to" book on the foundational thought process for aviation safety. Building the Airmanship Model is a unique look inside the process of flight.
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By sasa dragic on June 21, 2014
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Very nice book, I will give it 5 stars but too much militarily stuff in it. Even though most of it relevant for civilians but still... Thank You Mr. Kern for Redefining Airmanship.
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