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Real Tests

You never know when the real test will be called. Here are some books on real tests. Fancy people could call them case studies. More than brief accident reports, they are detailed discussions of real emergences, so we may learn from others experiences. To be read with an open and receptive mind.


Emergency! Crisis In The Cockpit
Stanley Stewart

Most every book of airline emergencies seems to end every chapter with the CVR transcript saying, "Sound of impact. End of recording." We can learn a lot from these accident reports, but Sam wanted to learn positive lessons from the great pilots rather than study mistakes. This collection, from a British Airways captain, has only successful outcomes.

Air Disaster: Volume 1
Macarthur Job

There are lots of books that are collections of accident reports. Some are better than others. This is one of the best. Well thought-out words and excellent illustrations. For pilots. First of a series of similar books by the same author, who was a Senior Inspector in the Australian Air Safety Investigation Branch.

The Crash of United Flight 232
Al Haynes

Mirrored on this website, this is a NASA transcript of Captain Al Haynes discussing the afternoon when he lost an engine, and all hydraulic systems in a DC-10. He is a modest pilot. Despite being told 'it can never happen' he had practiced control of the heavy jet by differential engine power in a simulator prior to the accident. That's being prepared for the worst. That's living the art of airmanship.


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A collision at sea can ruin your whole day.

— Thucydides

To insure safety at sea, the best that science can devise and that naval organization can provide must be regarded only as an aid, and never as a substitute for good seamanship, self-reliance, and sense of ultimate responsibility which are the first requisites in a seaman and naval officer.

— Chester W. Nimitz

It is a doctrine of war not to assume the enemy will not come, but rather to reply on one's readiness to meet him; not to presume that he will not attack, but rather to make one's self invincible.

— Sun Tzu

Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused. Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear and without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied.

— Herophilus


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