Redefining Airmanship, by Tony Kern

Redefining Airmanship

by Tony Kern

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

Redefining Airmanship offers the first concrete model of the abstract ideal of "airmanship," and gives the reader step-by-step guidance for self-appraisal and improvement in the areas of flight proficiency, teamwork, and good judgment in crisis situations. The author, Major Anthony Kern, draws on his extensive flight and crew-training experience in the US Air Force, but his model is invaluable for all pilots, whether military, recreational, or commercial.

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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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List of contributors
1 The roots and essence of airmanship
2 Flight discipline: The cornerstone of airmanship
3 Skill and proficiency: Two edges of the airmanship sword
4 Know yourself
5 Know your aircraft
6 Know your team: Teamwork and crew resource management (CRM)
7 Know your environment
8 Know your risk
9 Situational awareness
10 Judgment and decision making
11 Airmanship on the edge: The total package in action
12 Inhibitors and obstacles to achieving airmanship
13 Instructing and evaluating airmanship
14 Understanding airmanship error
15 The marks of an airman
Appendix LINE/LOS Checklist

Reader Reviews
Outstanding single-source document for professional flyers. 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!
O'Fallon, Illinois, USA


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