Avoiding Common Pilot Errorsby John Stewart
This important book brings an air traffic controller's perspective to the mistakes pilots commonly make in controlled airspace. Veteran controller John Stewart has spent years observing pilots display their lack of education, lack of flight preparation, inability to communicate effectively, ignorance of resistance to regulations, and other dangerous flaws. This
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This book was written with the better-than-average pilot in mind as the audience. However, I'm not a pilot but I found the book fascinating - I couldn't put it down. I do have a strong technical background and an engineering bent, and am a curious and inquiring sort. Written by a highly experienced FAA Air Traffic Controller with a lot of "people skills" and a fine sense of humor, it is eminently readable. If you have ever wondered how the ATC system really works, you can glean behind-the-scenes insight. For anyone who uses a radio, there is a great section on radio use and effective communication which is quite general. Somewhat less accessible are the insights on individual freedom while working in the context of a highly regulated and proscribed environment. If you have ever looked at a well-run organization and asked "How did THAT happen?" you might enjoy this book. And of course, if you *are* a pilot, I imagine you might bring your piloting up to the next level by becoming more aware of the viewpoint and skills of some of the other inhabitants of the fishbowl. I would have rated it even more highly but it is not for the casual or general reader. Among those who might enjoy it are accident investigators, enforcement personnel of all stripes, industrial operations engineers and designers - and naturally, groupies of all of the above.