Margin for Error: None: Through the Skills of the Air Traffic Controller

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THIS IS THE REPUBLISHED VERSION. THE ORIGINAL VERSION WAS PUBLISHED IN 1980. THIS VERSION DOES NOT CONTAIN NEW OR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

When was the last time you heard the name Air Traffic Controller? Most likely it was to berate him because his job action caused you to miss an important meeting. You may have been caught in a "by the book" slow down. Perhaps you spent an extra hour flying in endless circles awaiting clearance to land.

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Overview

THIS IS THE REPUBLISHED VERSION. THE ORIGINAL VERSION WAS PUBLISHED IN 1980. THIS VERSION DOES NOT CONTAIN NEW OR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

When was the last time you heard the name Air Traffic Controller? Most likely it was to berate him because his job action caused you to miss an important meeting. You may have been caught in a "by the book" slow down. Perhaps you spent an extra hour flying in endless circles awaiting clearance to land.

There are far more to these delays than meets the eye. When negotiations between controller and government grind to a halt there is little that a controller can do. He is forbidden by law to strike. His only recourse is to slow the traffic. This they occasionally do in order to get better equipment, working conditions, and pay.

This book, written by an active airline captain, will take you behind the scenes in the life of an air traffic controller. A person who guides the destiny of more people in one hour than an airline pilot does in a month, a person who controls all the departures and arrivals out of the three busiest airports in New York and does it with radar that isn't half as reliable as the radar used in a small country airport, a person who must think in three dimensions and be ready when their scope goes blank to remember name, position, heading and altitude of 18 aircrafts, a person who can never be allowed the luxury of a single mistake, a person who would rather control traffic than do anything else, in spite of the fears and anxieties that it entails.

Hopefully after reading this book you will agree that all the glory and skill should not be confined to the cockpit, but shared equally by the men and women whose skill make a faulty system work.

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Editorial Reviews

Aircraft Illustrated
Margin for Error: None is a critical appraisal of the air traffic control system of the US … The Author’s admiration for the air traffic controllers and others working in the system is a content feature of this book as is his disregard for the FAA …
Baltimore Sun
Margin for Error: None outlines his views on the nation’s are traffic control system. Included were such chapters as “Danger, FAA at Work” and “Controllers Mate It Work.”
CATCA News
Unlike most airline pilots, Captain Power-Waters has spent untold hours in Centres, Terminals, and Towers assessing the “real world” of ATC and is one of the few pilot experts on the subject.
The Retired Officer
An airline pilot pays tribute to the behind-the-scenes of the nation’s air traffic controllers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595186914
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 1,016,570
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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    Posted June 3, 2008

    Gary Lashbrook - Southern Regional V.P./PATCO Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization

    I thoroughly enjoyed Margin for Error: None, and I thank you for every chapter. There are a lot of men and women controllers out there that feel the same way I do about people like you. Thanks again.

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