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Human Factors

Eddie sez:

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How is that possible? Well, I pay for it all with a few books. The "Flight Lessons" series are available in print and e-Book, the International Operations Flight Manual in hard cover only. The reviews have been good and I hope you like them.

In case you are looking for the magazine articles published under my name over the years, here you go: Magazine Articles.

If you are looking for more to read, here are my favorite books.

— Eddie

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Flight Lessons 1: Basic Flight

Flight Lessons 1 traces Eddie's progression from Air Force ROTC cadet to Air Force pilot training, and then on to the KC-135A tanker. Even as an engineering student at Purdue, engineering classes became flight lessons.

This book tells a story, from start to finish, about Eddie's search for "the meaning of it all." Each chapter begins with a part of that story and concludes with the more technical aspects of the flight lesson itself.

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Flight Lessons 2: Advanced Flight

The first part of this book takes place in Hawaii, where Eddie completes the journey from copilot to the left seat, then to instructor, and then to flight examiner. There is a lot of learning going on. Eddie goes from a wet behind the ears first lieutenant copilot, to what he thought was a well seasoned flight examiner captain. He learned a lot, but he wasn't sure how all that happened. The second part of this book takes place in Omaha, where Eddie thinks he is about the undergo the same song, second verse. But he ends up learning how to learn. (And that was the best lesson of all.)

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Flight Lessons 3: Experience

This book is set at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland and tracks Eddie's progress from a newly hired Gulfstream III (C-20) pilot, to aircraft commander, and to the wing's chief of safety. Of course he had already flown as a Boeing 707 examiner pilot and a Boeing 747 instructor pilot. But the 89th trains to a much higher standard and forces everyone to start over. Eddie started over and learned what Experto Crede really means. He ends his tour at Andrews as the 89th Airlift Wing Chief of Safety. After that, it was off to the Pentagon where he was in charge of the wing's aircraft operating, maintenance, and procurement budget. Every chapter and every lesson builds towards Eddie's realization about the true nature of Experto Crede. That realization, to this day, shapes how Eddie looks at the very nature of learning through experience. Good and bad.

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Flight Lessons 4: Leadership and Command

This volume takes place in Germany where Eddie is a squadron commander with various levels of leadership below him and several layers of command above. By virtue of the personalities involved, each provide a case study of command and leadership. By this point, Eddie had been subjected to the command of all sorts of leaders, some good but most bad. A typical commander of a flying squadron has 15 to 18 years experience as a line pilot, staff officer, or subordinate leader. There isn't a lot of training and selection to command rarely involves an evaluation of one's ability to lead. So the results should be expected. Eddie starts this journey looking for the ideal style of leadership. The flight lessons are all about leadership, suitable for leading anything from a small flight department to an airline. (Or at least I think that is true based on my experiences.)

But there is a twist. The squadron loses an airplane, the CT-43 that crashed in Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 3, 1996. In the end, Eddie discovers the secret of command that unlocks the mystery of how to lead any level of a bureacuracy while balancing the needs of the people below with the organization above. Oh yes, the accident. The official Air Force investigation was flawed and got it wrong. I include the details and attempt to set things right.

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Flight Lessons 5: Crew Resource Management

This volume covers my years as a corporate pilot, flying Part 91 for a publicly traded company, Part 135 for a management company, and Part 91 for a privately held company. Through it all, I think I experienced all sorts of crewmembers while trying to figure out what it takes to really practice and preach Crew Resource Management effectively. I think I've found the secret to good CRM.

The book is available in print and e-book form at: Amazon. The print version is available now, the eBook available for preorder, it will be released October 1, 2020.

International Flight Operations

I wrote the international operations manual for several corporate aviation management companies and always wanted to publish one with much more than they would allow. I did that in 2015. This is the 2021 update. It is 670 pages in hardcover and for the first time also available as an eBook. You will learn the basics, such as how to plot a position. You will learn some pretty advanced art too, like the ins and outs of ADS-B Out, ADS-C, CPDLC, and so on. There are things you may have never heard of but can use if the chips are down, like the true course 10-degree tables. If there is source material to back it up, it is quoted directly just so you have it.

It will be available in eBook form on April 1, 2021 for the retail price of $45. It will be available in hard cover on June 1, 2021 for the retail price of $75. I'll provide a link to Amazon when they become available.