1st Edition

Pilot Competency and Capability Responsibilities, Strategy, and Command

By Steven Green Copyright 2023
    246 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.

    1. On the Nature of Accidents. 2. On Just Saying No. 3. On Prudence. 4. On the Nature of Risk. 5. On Complexity. 6. On Mindfulness. 7. On Automation. 8. On the Preoccupation With Failure. 9. On the Reluctance to Simplify. 10. On Sensitivity to Operations. 11. On Strategy. 12. Case Studies. 13. Conclusion.


    Captain Steven D. Green, FRAeS holds a B.S. in Aviation from Louisiana Tech University, He also holds an Airline Transport Pilot license from the FAA with type ratings for the Boeing 767, 757, 737, MD-80, EMB-145 and the Fairchild SA-227, as well as a Flight Engineer license with a turbojet limitation. He flew professionally for 41 years, operating at all levels of the industry, including Part 135 commuter operations, Part 121 supplemental operations, and Part 121 flag operations. Beginning in 1986, he participated in numerous aircraft accident inquiries and investigations as a representative of the Air Line Pilots Association, including TWA 800, TWA 843, Business Express N811BA, Simmons 4184, Comair 3272, AVAir 3378, and AVAir 3464. He received his formal accident investigation training from the Transportation Safety Institute in Oklahoma City in 1993.

    Over two years, he taught two segments of the Air Line Pilots Association’s Basic Accident Investigator Course. He also participated in the FAA Commercial Airplane Certification Process Study in 2001-2002 and wrote several segments of the final report. Association with the 1994 Roselawn accident involving Simmons 4184 led to his work with ALPA’s Inflight Icing Certification Project, which included participation on the Ice Protection Harmonization Working Group ARAC. Since 1994, he has been actively involved with icing issues, and has written a number of papers on the topic and delivered several oral presentations. Since 2004, he has actively consulted for both NASA and the FAA on the subject of airframe icing. He retired from American Airlines in 2021 as a Boeing 737 captain.

    "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 OwensHead of Training, National Flight Centre, Ireland