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A Feline FOD Check

Foreign object damage on a military aircraft is a serious issue. Before every mission, the entire flight crew, which is five personnel on a CH-47, checks for foreign object debris (FOD) and ensures the aircraft is ready for the mission. Depending on the crew, preflight can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half. It is supposed to be a thorough process. During deployments, however, you get into a battle rhythm and things can go unnoticed due to the monotony of day-after-day operations. In any military aviation setting, that can be devastating.

Patience is a Virtue

I was a relatively new pilot in command (PC) who just arrived at Fort Liberty. After getting my local area orientation and going through PC verification, I was ready to start flying with pilots. The mission was a standard training flight that would include some cross-country, hot-refuel and goggling up and end with terrain flight.

  • 1 April 2024
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Throw Professional Courtesy Out the Window

Professional courtesy can be defined as the courtesy given to senior-ranking officers or more experienced Soldiers. Unfortunately, it can also become a danger to a flight crew when inexperienced Soldiers are reluctant to announce hazards or lack the willingness to speak up and do what they know is right.

  • 24 March 2024
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Rushing Toward Disaster

Army aviation is a demanding profession. You quickly learn how important it is to recognize and control situations that can cause problems, like being in a hurry. My story happened during routine flight operations.

  • 10 March 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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A Mistake-Making Business

While assigned to a 12-hour quick-reaction force shift in Regional Command-South, Afghanistan, my team prepped the assigned AH-64D as part of the attack weapons team (AWT). I was assigned run-up duty for the backup aircraft, which included preflight, run-up, communications and mission equipment checks to ensure they were fully mission capable (FMC).

  • 3 March 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

As an aviator, I am cautious around anyone who uses the word “easy.” Just because a mission appears to be simple does not mean it will turn out that way. It is our responsibility as pilots to conduct proper flight planning procedures and risk management to identify potential hazards in the mission before takeoff.

  • 25 February 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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