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For the Birds

Striking a 150-pound deer with your vehicle can cause substantial damage, maybe even resulting in a total loss. Now imagine what a 5-pound bird impacting an aircraft traveling at 120 knots or greater can do.

Oil Leak over the Andes? No Problemo!

My co-pilot and I were on the final leg of a three-leg mission. We’d taken off from Barranquilla on the northern coast and were flying south to Bogota. Just about halfway along the 1.5-hour route at 26,000 feet, I looked out my right-side window and noticed streaks of fluid around the No. 2 engine.

  • 27 March 2022
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Near-miss Review: UH-72A Aircrew Coordination Failure

It is critical for aviation safety officers and instructor pilots to familiarize aircrews with mission-specific hazards and effective aircrew coordination during aircrew calls and safety days.

  • 12 March 2022
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Attention to Detail

As a medevac pilot serving a tour in Iraq, I found myself flying into, around and through some very tight and scary situations. During one of my many flights, I had a “there-I-was” moment.

  • 6 March 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 434
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Fluid and Adaptable

Aviators need to be willing and able to deviate from any plan when conditions change. My unit conducted a thorough after-action review to discuss the mission and what my pilot and I jokingly referred to as our “traumatic training event.”

  • 27 February 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 378
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Rush to Failure

“Go-around! Go-around! Go-around!” Those were the words we wished we heard before our stabilator struck the ground. This mishap could have been prevented, and we’re lucky it didn’t cause severe damage to the aircraft or injuries to the crew.

  • 20 February 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 776
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