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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book merits a wider audience than just aviation buffs.,
By A Customer
This book's title is certainly eye-catching! Its formal subtitle, "The Human Factor in Aircraft Accidents", however, may put off some who would do well to read it.
The author is a former Royal Air Force and airline pilot who has spent much time studying the psychological factors contributing to aircraft accidents.
Although the main emphasis of the book is on incidents involving aircraft, including several well-known crashes, much of it is relevant to other modes of transport, and to many other activities. Several times I was reminded of things which can all too easily go wrong in my own work in software development.
The book will be of most interest to aviation buffs, who will spot a sprinkling of errors which have slipped passed the proof-reader to be caught by the last clause of the acknowledgements: "the views, opinions, and human errors are mine alone." (I like a chap who places a comma after "opinions" like that.)
However, I do not believe that the broader psychological issues are unduly obscured for those with no particular interest in aviation, and this is a worthwhile read for anyone with an interest in safety, or simply in getting things right.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as good as Hurst's Pilot Error!,
I was excited to read this book because I had at last found someone who was able to identify and discuss behavioural phenomena that I had noticed about myself while engaged in stressful outdoor activities: i.e. diving, flying or skydiving. I used to think it was only me and was not even aware of, for example, the word "laterality" until I read Beaty's book. I think his analysis of air accidents has wider applications in any field of human endeavour. By reflecting and becoming more aware of how we respond under stress we can achieve more through scientific analysis. One thing I found puzzling is why Beaty made no reference in the bibliography or text to another well-known book on the subject. I refer to Pilot Error: The Human Factors, edited by the late Ronald Hurst. Was it because Beaty objects to the term "pilot error", or was it because Hurst does not refer to Beaty's work in his book? Is there some kind of professional rivalry involved or does Beaty refuse to acknowledge Hurst's contribution because he was not a pilot? There's something going on there and I'm curious to know what it is
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive,
Very good read. Gives a great insight to how various human factors affect pilots and shows how they are still human after all.
A good read and will keep your attention.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read to understand the Pilot's role in Passenger Safety.,
One of the better books discussing how the human condition comes into play in aircraft accidents. It talks about how airlines can anticipate these and then engineer them out of the equation. Best read whilst on a plane, quote the best bits to nervous passengers!
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful reminder for HF issues,
While the language used in the book is rather old (but it was written some time ago) the key elements of HF hasn't changed and are still as challenging as every. Useful book to remind us that we haven't evolved our behaviours and modern aviation is a challenging environment for us.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book for pilots or aviation enthusiasts.,
I have flown several types of aircraft over the past 31 years and was fascinated by this book. Written by a former R.A.F pilot, I would recommend it to anyone interested in aviation. I donated my copy to a friend who was learning to fly and was equally impressed with the contents.
The author, I believe, died in December 1999 but his book will live on.
4.0 out of 5 stars NEBOSH reading,
If you're studying for the NEBOSH diploma, this one is for you. It gives some detailed information on aircraft crashes and how the human element is often to blame. It's simply written, so you don't have to be a pilot or enthusiast to understand it.
It's not one to read, though, if you're planning your holidays abroad.
5.0 out of 5 stars THE NAKED PILOT,
As a purchase, absolutely fine. The book itself deserves a prestigious place in the history of Human factors and CRM. It is outdated now but but no less significant and has added value in that you can see how far we have come - or not! - since he wrote it. Well worth the read.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just an aviation book,
A brilliant, brilliant book that shouldn't just be read by aviation enthusiasts but by anyone working with complex systems that involve human interaction, especially if they involve new technology.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not the best book on aviation safety,
The book certainly provides an interesting insight into the factors which cause pilot error. But if you are looking for a comprehensive study on air safety, this is not it. There are a few silly errors, like mentioning a 747 carrying Errol Flynn, who died in 1959 long before the advent of the Jumbo!
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The Naked Pilot by David Beaty