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On Every Flight

One of the last things you expect to encounter when on a landing approach is a funnel cloud. Yet, it happened to me in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in the winter of 2013 on an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission.

The Danger of Poor Aircrew Selection

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

  • 14 February 2021
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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
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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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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