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Redefining Airmanship Hardcover – January 22, 1997
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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 "
From the Back Cover
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
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Top Customer Reviews
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. Early in my experience as a pilot, I gave it up - actually twice - because I felt so overwhelmed by the sheer volume of knowledge and tasks that had to be integrated successfully in order to achieve an acceptable level of proficiency.
I am pretty sure that I can get by being a lousy fly caster and poor wing shot and still enjoy a pretty good life. I know that being anything other than an excellent pilot is unacceptable. I think that it is why this endeavor so absorbs me.
I have read everything that I could find on the subject. I attend seminars. I seek specialized training. I spend a lot of time talking with other pilots about issues of safety and competence.
Recently, I have asked the military, airline and other professional pilots that I meet how they (and their organizations) approach the subject. Their responses vary. Some of them adhere to the notion that it is simply a matter of having the Right Stuff. Others indicate that it requires the resources of the US government or a major public company. Many have actually been generous and helpful.
Finally, Tony Kern has given us all a model to work with that is both comprehensive and systematic. He has illustrated it with clear real-life examples make each of the component concepts vivid. This book is a real treasure. It is at once a clear description of the destination and it is the map and the compass that we can all employ along on the way.
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!
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)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perhaps to many military examples, but as Im a commercial pilot, i ve enjoyed them very much