Of all activities studied by our research group, flight operations at sea is the closest to the "edge of the envelope"-operating under the most extreme conditions in the least stable environment, and with the greatest tension between preserving safety and reliability and attaining maximum operational efficiency.
Rochlin, Gene I.; La Porte, Todd R.; and Roberts, Karlene H.
"The Self-Designing High-Reliability Organization: Aircraft Carrier Flight Operations at Sea,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 40
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol40/iss4/7