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We made the necessary adjustments for our situation, but more importantly, we saw the importance of staying calm, effective crew coordination and relying on our training as aviators to keep us safe while effectively executing the mission.

In the Clouds

For those unfamiliar with the term, a sucker hole refers to an opening in a cloud layer through which an aviator may descend. I’ve heard of sucker holes throughout my time in Army aviation and always wondered why someone would fall for it. But on one flight, I nearly ended up falling for one myself.

  • 24 July 2022
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Eliminating Maintenance Mishaps

When the commander needs an aircraft, you can bet a Soldier from the maintenance shop will be eagerly standing by to ensure he or she gets it. Unfortunately, sometimes this on-demand convenience leads to Soldiers moving around aircraft quicker than they usually would.

  • 17 July 2022
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One is Better than None

Shortly after the co-pilot told me he sometimes got airsick, he went from bad to worse. He had to vomit, so I told him to go to the back of the airplane.

  • 10 July 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Who is in Charge?

Unmanned aircraft have many built-in procedural safety checks similar to manned aviation, such as system limitations, environmental factors and airspace deconfliction methods. These procedures are in place to ensure the safety of the aircraft and aircrews operating in the same area of operations.

  • 26 June 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 214
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Near-Miss Reporting

After 24 years in Army aviation and six more as a civilian helicopter emergency medical services pilot, I recently returned to the military community as a Department of the Army civilian (DAC) aviation safety inspector. In just six months on the job, I discovered a trend that has not changed since I first left the Army — the lack of near-miss reporting.

  • 12 June 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 393
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