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Trust Your Systems

When I arrived in Iraq, I was a new pilot out of flight school, chomping at the bit to contribute to the mission.

Shadow of a Doubt

Summer months for UAS units (especially in the desert) are when equipment issues typically occur. The system does not like heat and will let the operator know when it is being pushed too far.

  • 12 May 2019
  • Number of views: 133
Don't Forget the Checklist

I was beginning to feel comfortable again in the C-12 after being out of the fixed-wing community for more than four years. That being said, even though I was executing well, I often felt like I was behind the aircraft and performing mechanically.

  • 1 May 2019
  • Number of views: 237
Why We Have Two Pilots

On this particular evening, we were transferring a patient as a flight of two Black Hawks to Baghdad to facilitate a higher level of care. Little did we know a number of events would unfold that almost cost us our lives.

  • 28 April 2019
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No Need for Haste
Day-to-day operational activities seem to always provide opportunities for flight crews to grow complacent.
  • 21 April 2019
  • Number of views: 134
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