Dark Cockpit: How to Communicate, Lead, and Be in Control at All Times Like an Airline Captain

Captain Emil Dobrovolschi & Octavian Pantiș

“This is your captain speaking.”

Become a better pilot for your projects, for your people, and even in life outside work by using valuable principles from aviation. You might be flying through turbulent times today – uncertainty, a lot of change, higher expectations from you – but all these can be handled well and Dark Cockpit will show you how.

“Dark Cockpit” is an aviation concept. It is the term we use for the situation when, except for the ambient and instrument lighting, no other light is on – no CAUTION lights (amber), no WARNING lights (red) and so on. Dark Cockpit means everything is fine and working as planned.

In this book, a very experienced airline captain and a senior business consultant will show you how to:

Bring clarity, boost morale, and achieve results through your communication

  • Quickly win the trust of the people you work with – and keep it
  • Assess your own readiness as a leader
  • Always have a plan and be prepared for whatever can go wrong
  • Meet the four requirements of a true professional
  • Develop responsibility, competence, and leadership in those around you
  • Be resilient, handle any turbulence, and help others do the same

Use the stories, principles, and advice from this book to “Dark Cockpit” your way through life, be it at work or at home.

About Octavian

ctavian Pantiș is an entrepreneur. He is the CoFounder and Managing Partner of Qualians, an international training and consulting company. His firm is dedicated to helping organizations thrive while providing an environment where their people grow professionally, are engaged and have enough time for life outside work. Qualians was named several times “Training Company of the Year” and “Partner Country of the Year” in the international networks it is part of. He’s a partner in two other businesses. Octavian is also a bestselling author. His two books on productivity and work-life balance, as well as his dozens of articles and hundreds of trainings and speeches on the subject, have brought clarity, motivation, tools and ideas to hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life. His advice is especially sought after by entrepreneurs and executives at all levels. He was named “Speaker of the Year” and twice “Trainer of the Year” for his inspiring, friendly, and action-oriented style. His speaking and consultant work includes workshops with senior management teams, as well as speeches for large groups, in person and online, usually on subjects such as leadership, mindset change, and productivity. Octavian is a Professional Member of the USA National Speakers Association. Octavian spends his time outside work with his wife and three children. Whatever time remains is dedicated to skiing, squash, and studying and collecting old maps.

About Captain Dobrovolschi

Emil Dobrovolschi is a pilot, a pilot instructor, and a pilot examiner. He started at Tarom – Romanian Air Transport – in 1994 and has moved up through all the professional ranks: copilot on Antonov 24; captain and pilot instructor on ATR 42/72; captain, pilot instructor, and pilot examiner on Airbus A320 and A310; and test pilot and commander of the special flights for the Romanian President and government officials. In 2001, he became a Type Rating Instructor – codename for instructor of pilots – and since then the pilots he has trained have become captains for at least 12 airlines around the world. He is also a certified Type Rating Examiner by EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency), which gives him the authority to decide whether pilots continue to fly or are suspended from flying for a certain period. He also has vast management experience, having served in different operational and corporate leadership positions inside Tarom, the most important being that of Vice President and Director of Flight Operations. Emil is an inspiring speaker, invited frequently to address corporate events of different sizes, where he inspires people to higher levels of commitment and professionalism and teaches valuable communication, leadership, and risk management principles. Emil is a passionate biker, riding with his wife all over Europe on their Harley Davidson as often as they can.