Understanding Air France 447

Understanding Air France 447

by Bill Palmer, Robert Mark

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BN ID: 2940016657394
Publisher: Bill Palmer
Publication date: 07/25/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Bill Palmer is a currently an A-330 captain for a major international airline.

As a member of his airline’s A-330 development team for the introduction of the airplane to its fleet, he has been intimately involved in A330 fleet since 2002. He was the lead author and editor for the airline’s A-330 Systems manual, and has written numerous A-330 training publications. He has served as an airplane and simulator instructor, check airman, designated examiner, and also on training related projects from video production to simulator certification.

Bill started flying at the age of 15, soloed on his 16th birthday and completed his private certificate at 17. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and holds a BS in Aeronautical Science. He earned his flight instructor certificate in 1978 and has been instructing almost non-stop since then, while holding airplane, instrument, multi-engine, and ground instructor certificates. Besides light aircraft he has also taught on the 727, 757, A320, DC-10, and A330, and written manuals for the DC-10, A330, and B-787 fleets. He has also produced numerous training publications and videos for the various fleets as well.

Bill holds an ATP with type ratings in A-320, A-330, B-757/767, B-777, DC-10, and commercial glider and flight engineer-turbojet ratings.

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Understanding Air France 447 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BobBoston More than 1 year ago
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 Christmas read!