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Posted November 25, 2013
Bill Palmer's work in dissecting the anatomy of Air France 447's disaster and of presenting the evidence in a way that clearly illuminates its complex
causal factors is excellent. The book offers all of us in the aviation community a beacon of guidance for making changes to how we train, evaluate, and
fly; it is profoundly valuable.
Like most of the loss of control events which have resulted in tragedy, this tale is one of pilots who, when faced with startling and complex issues, were
not able to focus on and exercise basic control of their airplane. Bill is a very gifted writer who is able to both present the chain of events and explain the
technology in such a way that every reader will come away better for the journey. You do not need to be an Airbus pilot to understand the concepts or the
techno-sophistication of the A330. Bill's ability to paint both the "what" as well as the "why" is without equal.
For all of us in love with flying and committed to sharing that passion with our students and fellow pilots, this book will remind you in elegant detail of
where your priorities should be focused. The high tech digital world of jet avionics requires discipline and knowledge in our ability to "button smash."
In spite of its precision, we also face an ongoing commitment to our stick and rudder skills. They are two separate and highly valuable vessels which
we all need to lovingly polish. The reality of today's corporate and airline world is that we spend the majority of our limited training dollars focusing on
procedure while assuming that all of our students will further develop their core flying skills after they leave our simulators. The precision of our autoflight
systems has lured too many of us into allowing the fly-the-jet skills to atrophy. Bill's work is a symphony in a minor key with a tragic melody. He provides
the poignant and powerful reminders which we all need to embrace.
I never thought I would tell anyone that reading an accident report is stimulating and you cannot wait to press on with it. This rendering is! I will let is rest
on the shelf for a bit and then read it again.....it's that good. I will share it with my friends in the corporate and airline world as my offering for a
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