Flight Discipline

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-02-22
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill

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Providing a concise definition for the elusive concept of flight discipline, the author offers examples illustrating high-risk, in-flight situations that compromise pilot judgment. Case studies featuring the high-profile accidents of Ron Brown and young Jessica DuBroff are included. Emphasizing self-awareness and situational awareness, this action-oriented resource enables pilots to: develop personal flight integrity; manage cockpit crisis; prioritize multiple tasks; structure changing situations and more!

Author Biography

Dr. Tony Kern is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He has commanded KC-135 tankers, piloted B-1B bombers, and served in various operational and training capacities in his Air Force career. He has designed numerous aviation education and training programs that have been implemented across the spectrum of aviation. He also lectures and consults internationally on aviation human factors and pilot accountability. Kern holds master's degrees in public administration and military history, and a doctorate in higher education. He currently lives and instructs at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Table of Contents


Part I: The Problem of Poor Discipline.

The Costs of Poor Discipline.

The Letter of the Law: Regulatory Deviation.

The Problem with Shortcuts: Procedural Deviations.

Organizational Policies: Two Issues for Flight Discipline.

Part II: The Anatomy of Flight Discipline.

The Enemy Within: Internal Factors Impacting Flight Discipline.

Outside Influences: External Factors Impacting Flight Discipline.

Guiding Lights: The Critical Role of Mentoring and Instruction.

Part III: Killing Conditions: Common Scenarios for Breakdowns of Flight Discipline.

The Experience Factor.

Glory Seeking: The Airshow Syndrome.

Misplaced Priorities.

Overconfidence and Complacency.F

ailing to Prepare.

Flight Insurance: A Personal Program for Improving Flight Discipline.

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