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Naked Pilot: The Human Factor in Aircraft Accidents
You've gotta love this title. It's right up there with 'Set phasers on stun' (Another human factors gem).
In one of the worst aviation disasters ever,
a DC-8 with a fire on board was able to land safely back at the airport;
however, no exit was opened for twenty-three minutes and 301 people inside
died. Why? Investigations into the causes of airplane accidents have for
decades focused on what happened and who did it--very rarely on why. It's
the question "why" that Beaty addresses here. Focusing on large commercial-aircraft
accidents, he looks at human error precipitated by individuals as well
as management and government. No other book on the subject speaks with
such clarity to both the expert and the layman.
Blind, Flying Safe
The former Inspector General of the US Department of Transport tells you everything you need to know to travel safer by air.
NASA And The Crisis Aboard Mir
Bryan Burrough, coauthor of the bestselling Barbarians at the Gate, has a talent for reworking factual accounts so they read like first-rate thrillers. Dragonfly: NASA and the Crisis Aboard Mir is overwhelming in its scope and breadth of detail, culled from one-on-one interviews and transcripts of recorded conversations between the astronauts and cosmonauts on Mir and Russian Mission Control. Burrough delves deeply into the personal and professional lives of the 11 people who lived aboard Mir from 1995 to 1998. What we soon discover is simultaneously disheartening and fascinating: the men and women who would be astronauts must run a gauntlet of hazings, are judged professionally on their personal lives, and win flight assignments through serendipity as often as through hard work. NASA is controlled by cliques and cults of personality: "People don't speak out, because George makes short work of you if you do.... If you get on his bad side, you won't get a flight assignment...." There are "issues dealing with training and the selection of crews that you don't dare speak up about." The down-to-the-last-bolt descriptions of life aboard the station, from what the air smells like to an explanation of "penguin suits" to the distance between the dinner table and the original, now seldom-used toilet--2 feet--will thrill space enthusiasts. Space may not be "where no man has gone before" anymore, but it nevertheless provides endless dream fodder for those of us left behind on Earth. --Jhana Bach
From the Back Cover "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 dicsipline: 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.
Shades of Blue: The Rogue Pilot
From the Back Cover: Rogue pilots are a silent menace, undermining aviation and threatening lives and property every day. But never--until now--have they been exposed for the danger that they are. Rogues are a unique brand of undisciplined pilots who place their own egos above all else--endangering themselves, other pilots and their passengers, and everyone over whom they fly. They are found in the cockpits of major airliners, military jets, and in general aviation. Worst of all, they sometimes appear among normally disciplined pilots, many of whom are just one poor decision or temptation away from fiery disaster. Learn how to recognize the rogue in action, how to weigh the options and costs of dealing with one, and what your organization's role should be. Kern gives you a unique toolkit for diagnosing and solving the rogue menace, including: a clear definition and description of the rogue aviator: personality, habits, and actions. Case studies of individual and organizational culprits; how to spot and cope with the rogue; personal risk analysis to use in self-diagnosis; how to create safeguards against rogue behavior. Safety, profit margins, personal advancement, and organizational survival all depend on dealing successfully with rogue behavior, and Darker Shades of Blue: The Rogue Pilot is the first--and only--guide that shows you how.
Life Aloft : From DC-3 to 747
the Picture: The Measurement of Flow Control
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