Pilot Error: Anatomies of Aircraft Accidents - The Editors of Flying MagazineVan Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1977, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with the price clipped. Edges of the text block heavily tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
2nd impression. [First Edition: 1977]
From the cover: “A turn not taken, a landmark not seen, a decision not made, or a warning not heeded — small things such as these are often the stuff of aviation accidents. However many hours of experience he or she may have, however many licenses and ratings, however much respected by other pilots, there can come a time when a wrong move will be made, and the pilot perhaps posthumously — will be held responsible for, a crash caused by pilot error.
In these transcripts of actual transmissions between pilots and controllers just prior to crashes one can see the grim scenario of mistakes leading to more mistakes. One pilot casually flies into known bad weather and bit by bit eliminates his options for escape. Another becomes lost over the Caribbean and wanders helplessly as controllers try to help her. Another determines that he will land at a socked-in airport regardless of the danger.
These incidents carry vital lessons to pilots of all degrees of experience and skill. The reader often discovers that he has at times blundered as one of the pilots does in this book and is grateful for the warning.
Accompanied by expert analyses of the errors and how to avoid them, these dialogues make for gripping reading, which is partly why “Pilot Error” has long been one of the most popular features of Flying magazine. Here are some of the most dramatic and instructive articles in that series.”