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Aviators know winter weather conditions can deteriorate quickly and create a wide range of issues they must deal with such as poor visibility, turbulence and icing. However, they have two tools to help them manage the challenges — flight planning and frequent weather briefings.

Get to Know Your AO

It was fall 2017 and I’d recently made pilot in command of my HH-60M. I was on installation medevac duty and preparing for a routine training flight.

  • 18 October 2020
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Phone FOD

As aviators, we know the importance of conducting a thorough preflight of our aircraft. It helps us ensure nothing is out of place, such as hardware or tools from a previous maintenance task.

  • 1 October 2020
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Avoiding a New Standard

In today’s fast-paced operational tempo and multiple mission sets with multi-national forces, it is important to know how our allies operate in similar circumstances. Likewise, it is important for our allies to know how we operate with regard to mission-essential details that may be required when working together. I state it this way because of a situation my unit encountered while deployed to Basra, Iraq.

  • 27 September 2020
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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External Distraction

It was to be an exciting night in northern Iraq. The mission was a little different from the standard ring route to the north or south of Forward Operating Base Speicher and I was eager to get started.

  • 6 September 2020
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Let’s Talk About It

While attending the Aviation Safety Officer Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, I was reminded of a let’s-not-do-that-again event that occurred while I was deployed to Kosovo in 2012. Such lessons learned situations shaped how I operated as a young pilot in command. Unfortunately, it seems many aviators — myself included — are reluctant to air their dirty laundry.

  • 1 September 2020
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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