Pilot Competency and Capability Responsibilities, Strategy, and Command
Pilot Competency and Capability presents strategies for the air carrier pilot-in-command operating complex engineered systems within a complex natural environment. It bridges the gap between academic books and practical application by providing real-world examples of how various safety and operational theories work in practice.
The book advises on how to develop concepts, strategies, and ways of thinking that integrate with existing structures and FAA regulations, while understanding how engineered systems and codified structures interface with complex natural environments. It considers how the prescribed safety margins function to manage emergent behaviors of both the natural environment and the engineered systems.
The book is intended for airline pilots, training captains, simulator instructors, and aviation students taking courses in aviation safety, risk management, and flight safety to improve in-flight decision-making, risk analysis, and strategic planning.
"This book takes an in-depth look at numerous professional pilot development topics related to crew resource management, threat and error management and flight deck behavior protocols…While pilots generally have the skill to process information quickly and makes the necessary decisions to operate in a safe manner, pilots can improve [their] behavior skills sets, such as Planning and Decision Making (Strategy), Situational Awareness (Sensitivity), Prudence (monitor and cross check), and Mindfulness (threat management). This book provides a roadmap for a pilot to improve these behavior skills and thus operate at the highest safety level possible." - Roger Sultan, Captain and Line Check Pilot, United Airlines
“Steven Green’s book refines and elaborates upon key concepts in the contemporary understanding and practice of air safety. In an era where increasing levels of automation are advocated as the future of public transport flying, Green relocates the human actor (the pilot) at the centre of both safety and efficiency in air operations. He distinguishes between different modes of situational awareness, focuses on the weaknesses of traditional understandings of safety, and redefines airmanship in terms of safe spaces of action and the protection of their margins, and of pilots’ resources of residual attention. The book deepens our appreciation of the way in which countless unseen positive strategies and actions are the daily and hourly guarantors of safe air transport.” - Darragh Owens, Head of Training, National Flight Centre, Ireland