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An aviator who lacks discipline can be more dangerous than any combat mission or emergency procedure.

Wrong Number

The flight was my first as a new pilot in command, so I was excited and a little nervous.

  • 7 February 2021
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Success in Army Aviation Safety and the Fourth-Quarter Spike

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

  • 1 February 2021
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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
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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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
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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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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