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Posted April 23, 2013
It is without reservation that I endorse and recommend Al Diehl¿
It is without reservation that I endorse and recommend Al Diehl’s new book “Air Safety Investigators: Using Science to Save Lives -- One Crash at a Time." I have been a certified flight instructor since 1975. I have been involved in Aviation Law and Aviation Safety since 1983 as a practitioner and a teacher. I am convinced that the concept of Cockpit Resource Management (CRM), by whatever name, prevents accidents and saves lives. Al’s book has been an eye opener. I had no idea the concept, with such obvious benefits to aviation safety, was met with such resistance by some people in the aviation industry. I appreciate the sacrifices he made to bring this concept out of the darkness and into practice.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Wendell K Smith J.D.
Certified Flight Instructor
Posted April 22, 2013
Must read!! This is an exceptional book and a must read for any
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This is an exceptional book and a must read for anyone wanting to understand what really occurs during aviation crash investigations. The author is the ultimate insider who also candidly describes the other things that must happen after the inquiry is finished to enhance safety. The manner in which explains many of the important accomplishments of those of us who were Air Safety Investigators is enlightening for all.
Caveat of sorts: I have known the author for almost 30 years and long admired the skill and integrity he brings to this profession. When I read his earlier book, Silent Knights, it was clear that Dr. Diehl had exposed the shortfalls and cover ups in military accident investigations. It is heartening to see he has turned his attention to civil aviation investigations, using his personal experiences as a foundation. As always, he writes with clarity and directness.
The above is written as an aviation psychologist who has been a voting Board member of a U.S. Army Aviation Safety Center "go-team" for aviation accident investigation; an FAA researcher, manager, liaison to USAF Research Labs and Aeronautical Systems Center; professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a prolific writer on human factors issues in aviation. Ronald John Lofaro,PhD
Posted April 15, 2013
Great Read! As a pilot and data analyst who spent decades worki
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Great Read! As a pilot and data analyst who spent decades working in this field, I enjoyed learning about Dr. Diehl's crusade to enhance aviation safety. I think ABC News aviation analyst John Nance was accurate in stating, "This book lays a deep foundation for understanding all this progress, and it does so through the eyes of a true pioneer, and without question, a true unsung American hero."
This expose' also describes the problems that had to be overcome, such as emphasis on profits rather than safety by some airlines. Diehl did a masterful job of explaining how his investigation of one airline's profit fixation created pilot fatigue and ultimately caused a fatal crash.
I was personally privileged to serve on The President's Commission on Aircraft Crew Compliment which lead to the modern, highly automated, two-pilot airliners. And I certainly agree with Diehl's conclusions that this technology has enhanced safety, but has also lead to a host of new challenges in the human factors arena as evidenced by several recent crashes.
Furthermore, It was interesting to hear how Diehl launched Crew Resource Management training for the airlines, which drastically reduced accidents by improving crew coordination and judgement. And, as a former military pilot, I can testify that he is absolutely correct in asserting that CRM would be even more beneficial for our GIs. His poignant examples CRM-failure mishaps were painful to read for someone who has lost colleagues in similar crashes.
Lastly, the book vividly describes the difficulties this determined scientist faced working inside bureaucracies like the NTSB and FAA, and especially the Pentagon. I also personally know that military safety investigators need more independence. I'm just thankful there are people like Alan Diehl willing to sacrifice their careers to protect those of us who fly.