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During FY20, the Army continued seeing vast improvements in aviation safety, especially in Class A mishaps.

The 30-Cent Washer

It started out like most any other night in Balad, Iraq — same mission, same timeline, same hot preflight. My co-pilot/gunner (CPG) and I were to be the trail aircraft in a flight of two Apaches for yet another ground support mission over Baghdad.

  • 24 January 2021
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Four Themes in Army Aviation Mishaps

Since I started working at the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, I’ve noticed four common themes in almost every aviation mishap I’ve investigated.

  • 21 January 2021
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Know Your Options

Late winter 2012 found me on a four-day mission flying a UC-35 to transport distinguished visitors to various locations throughout Europe. The second day of the mission had us departing Bydgoszcz, Poland, at mid-morning, refueling in Bucharest, Romania, then continuing to Ankara, Turkey.

  • 17 January 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Cleared for a Near Miss

Our crew in the UH-60 Black Hawk was a good mix with a 1,100-hour night vision goggle pilot in command in the left seat and myself, a 650-hour day/night PC acting as the pilot in the right seat.

  • 10 January 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Ice is not Your Friend

About a year after graduating flight school, I was conducting instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) training at a local airport with an instructor pilot. It was early spring and weather conditions were cloudy, with temperatures hovering at the freezing point.

  • 1 January 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 847
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