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As an Army pilot with 750 flight hours, I’m still fairly new to the world of aviation. Everyone knows what it’s like to be the new guy — you want to prove yourself and never want to be the person who throws in the towel when training runs late or you’re not feeling well. But sometimes it is necessary to take a step back and reevaluate what you’re doing to avoid making a mistake that could lead to a catastrophe.

Cheating Certain Death

We didn’t brief a change in plans and because of it, I watched as my friend walked toward certain death from the main rotor blades.

  • 19 March 2023
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Think About Where You’re Flying

Like the rest of the Army aviation world, the UAS element performs its mission planning and receives a mission brief as well as a weather brief. On this particular training flight, we went through the usual routine — mission brief, weather brief, preflight, engine run-up, trainee records review and briefing the trainee on his flight requirements.

  • 12 March 2023
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A Creature of (Good) Habit

My crew was fortunate that the terrain surrounding the airfield was flat, no major obstacles were present between the FAF and the runway, and clouds were above minimums. A similar mistake at many other airfields could have resulted in a controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) mishap with dire consequences.

  • 5 March 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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This crew was lucky they found the fire source in time. The hazard of storing a spool of safety wire near the drill driver battery could have resulted in a fire and/or explosion.

  • 26 February 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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The Importance of Having an Out

On that day, we got lucky in not having an aircraft accident — or seriously hurting someone. I learned the importance of power management. Even though we had calculated our performance planning just as we had been taught in flight school, I didn’t have the experience to truly apply it in flight.

  • 19 February 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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