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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.

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
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Poster Child

I always begin this story with, “It was 100 percent my fault.” Pride aside, here are the events that led to my Class D accident.

  • 23 August 2020
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Under Pressure

Many times in a deployed environment, things that were once high on the priority list are moved toward the bottom. This can be broken down to two simple reasons: time and threat.

  • 16 August 2020
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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When the Plan Changes

The night shift started as it typically did for an air medical pilot. Log in by 7 p.m., talk with the outgoing pilot about the day’s activities and check pertinent information like weather, notices to airmen and temporary flight restrictions.

  • 9 August 2020
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Ropes Clear

The very nature of what we do as aviators is dangerous. With effective risk management, we drastically reduce the potential for hazards to allow mishaps to occur.

  • 26 July 2020
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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