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Flight Discipline

Flight Discipline is the complete tool kit for any aviator, whether military, commercial, or recreational, to develop the crack discipline needed to be a safe and effective aviator. Major Tony Kern analyses the causes of poor flight discipline, gives chilling case studies of the consequences, and lays out a plan for individual improvement. Key words are italicized and review questions included for each chapter. An unequalled guide to this mainspring of good piloting.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Part I: The Problem of Poor Discipline
  • Discipline: The foundation of airmanship
  • The costs of poor discipline
  • The letter of the law: Regulatory Discipline
  • The problem with shortcuts: Procedural discipline
  • Organizational issues for flight discipline
  • Part II: The Anatomy of Flight Discipline
  • Personality factors and flight discipline
  • Hazardous attitudes
  • Peer pressure
  • Part III: Practical Issues for Flight Discipline
  • Guiding lights: The critical role of instructors and mentoring to flight discipline
  • Communications discipline
  • Automation discipline
  • Disciplined attention: The next best thing to a crystal ball
  • Killing Conditions: Common scenarios for breakdowns of flight discipline
  • Flight Planning: Discipline at ground speed zero
  • Chaos theory?: Structuring change in the cockpit
  • Flight discipline in action
  • Flight Insurance: A personal program for improving flight discipline
  • Automation-related aircraft accidents and incidents
  • Controlled flight into terrain

About the Author:

Dr. Tony Kern is the CEO of Convergent Performance; a small, veteran owned "think tank" formed in 2004 and dedicated to reducing human error and improving performance in high risk environments such as aviation, military, healthcare and fire fighting. Tony is one of the world's leading authorities on human performance, has lectured on the subjects of applied human factors and performance improvement for nearly two decades, and is the author of seven books on the subject. His books include Flight Discipline, Darker Shades of Blue, and Blue Threat: Why to Err is Inhuman. In his newest book, Going Pro: The Deliberate Practice of Professionalism, Tony has created a 21st century guide to "extreme professionalism" for individuals and organizations to reach "Level III" professionalism in any environment. Tony is also a contributing editor for Vertical, Vertical 911 and Canadian Skies magazines.

Dr. Kern has deep operational roots as a Command Pilot and Flight Examiner in the B-1B bomber, as well as senior staff and leadership experience, including service as the Chair of the Air Force Human Factors Steering Group. Upon retirement from the Air Force in June of 2000, Dr. Kern served as the National Aviation Director for the U.S. Forest Service, where he directed the largest non-military government aviation program in the world in support of federal wildland fire suppression. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.

Dr. Kern has received multiple awards for his work and holds Masters Degrees in Public Administration and Military History, as well as a Doctorate in Higher Education specializing in human factors training design. He enjoys hunting, fishing and flying, currently lives and works in Colorado, and has made it his personal mission to

Hardcover, 352 pages.

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