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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb team management, command and leadership, 12 Feb 2013
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This book is an excellent addition to the annals of civil aviation's close brushes with disaster. It describes the required swift transition in leadership style from command of a normal routine flight to managing it to avoid it becoming another tale of an airliner disaster. Richard De Crespigny flies the stricken aircraft using the basic principles of 'Aviate, Navigate and Communicate' ...in that order. Having established that his A380 aircraft was able to stay flying safely, he chairs his team of crewmembers and methodically works his way through the complex processes and modified checklists required to ensure a safe landing. In this book, he gives credit to each of his crew for their particular and critically inmportant contribution to the eventual safe outcome. He acknowledges he is not the hero but makes clear he is proud to have led a heroic team. An excellent book that will be read and absorbed by aviation professionals whether their role is as aircrew, management or ground support. It will reassure passengers that the A380 is a great aircraft and that airline pilots are not always 'only autopilot managers'. There are plenty of editorial errors and some repetition which are steadily being corrected in the print editions. The 10th print run has been ordered today (12th Feb 2013) which says a lot. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it from beginning to end pausing only for physiological breaks! I recommend it highly.
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