Published: 28/11/2015
ISBN: 9781784624729
eISBN: 9781785893933
Format: Hardback/eBook

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About the Author

Michael Joy, OBE, MD, FRCP, FACC, FESC, FRAeS Michael Joy was an NHS Cardiologist, and for 38 years, cardiologist to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).He was travelling professor to the Internati... read more

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Upon a Trailing Edge
Risk, the Heart and the Air Pilot
by Michael Joy

This is a story of aviation, risk and the heart of the pilot.

Four out of five fatal aircraft accidents are due to human error; three out of five to pilot error. This book examines the technical aspects of these issues from the viewpoint of one of the UK's most experienced aviation cardiologists. It spans the end of the Second World War through teaching cardiology in aviation on behalf of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) worldwide, via a history of powered flight, time in the cadet force, a flying scholarship on a Tiger Moth, training to be a doctor, later a cardiologist, and owing a series of the aircraft.

Michael Joy was appointed as cardiologist to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in 1974 to assist the regulator in the development of standards of cardiological fitness. Error, risk and accident causation are introduced in the context of various fatal accidents.

In this stimulating and highly informative autobiography, Michael looks back at his time with the ICAO and CAA, drafting cardiological standards for Europe and worldwide travel to spread the message, including the Khyber pass, an aircraft factory in the Indonesian jungle and the slave island of Goree in Senegal.

Safety is no accident and history is its judge.

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The author was interviewed on BBC Somerset in January 2016 by Ben McGrail and BBC News South East in March 2016. "Upon a Trailing Edge" saw a preliminary launch at Brooklands Museum in September 2015. It is in stock at Blackwells, Oxford, and Foyles, London. It is available through Waterstones, Amazon, Google Books and Kindle. An article on it appeared on 22nd January 2016 in the Somerset County Gazette and in the January edition of the"The Apothecary" - the house journal of the Worship Society of Apothecaries. There was a review in "Flyer" magazine in April 2016.An article is in press in "The College Commentary" of the Royal College of Physicians. Reviews are anticipated in "Aerospace", "Pilot", and AOPA Pilot Magazine.

Profits are being donated to Brooklands Museum Trust.


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The Hippocratic Post

British Journal of Cardiology


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