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The Dark Side of Good Airmanship

April 11, 2012

From the days of the early barnstormers, when crowd-thrilling, daredevil pilots pushed aviation out of its infancy, “rogue” behavior, as we refer to it today, has been a constant. Yet far too many modern pilots – smitten by the romance and derring-do of their heroes, as well as their own blind desire to test the limits of their skills – overlook the terrible, sometimes deadly price that rogue attitudes can exact. In this book U.S. Air Force pilot and military training expert Tony Kern examines rogueism for what it is: the dark side of good airmanship.

HF Solutions’ Human Factors expert Patrick Gruber is a pilot himself and he greatly recommends everybody -pilot or not- to read the book Darker Shades of Blue. “Integrating experiences into daily practice”, “developing enhanced efficiency”, “optimizing resource management”; it’s all daily business for us, operators working in high risk environments. That’s what our bosses wants us to do: to learn and improve. The side effect of this successful performance is, that it often contains a tiny part of bending and stretching the rules, using shortcuts and pushing the limits. The big question is: where exactly is the limit?

“Tony Kern explains in this book impressively, that we all hold the ingredients of being a rogue operator in us, everybody has it and it’s about awareness to recognize it. Great new perspective about a known, but difficult problem”, sais Gruber.

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