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This crew was lucky they found the fire source in time. The hazard of storing a spool of safety wire near the drill driver battery could have resulted in a fire and/or explosion.

The Importance of Having an Out

On that day, we got lucky in not having an aircraft accident — or seriously hurting someone. I learned the importance of power management. Even though we had calculated our performance planning just as we had been taught in flight school, I didn’t have the experience to truly apply it in flight.

  • 19 February 2023
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Against the Odds

The odds were against us, but neither of us said anything. We locked our shoulder harnesses and lowered the seat in the front cockpit, knowing the main rotor had a tendency to violate the front seater’s headspace during a crash sequence.

  • 12 February 2023
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Draw the Line

During Operation Iraqi Freedom V and VI, we faced one question repeatedly: Should we launch or stay on the ground during marginal weather? As all Army aviators know, sometimes mission importance outweighs weather minimums. The question then becomes where to draw the line. In garrison, the answer is simple; you either have weather or you don’t. In combat, however, the line gets blurred.

  • 22 January 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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It's Not Your Fault … But it is Your Responsibility

The Soldiers at Fort Carson, Colorado, have a motto they like to live by: Mountain Post Living. It’s a phrase that gets thrown around in jest frequently, but the idea is there is a standing order from the post commanding general that on the last day of the work week, everyone that can should be leaving work at 1500. While it is a great boost to morale, everyone comes to work on the last day ready to leave early.

  • 15 January 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 335
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You Better Believe It

As Army aviators, we are trained to a high standard and take great pride in that fact. But what happens when confidence in our abilities overrides what the aircraft is telling us?

  • 8 January 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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