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Many articles are written about situations that could have resulted in something catastrophic happening because of a momentary lapse in judgment. These are tough lessons to learn. However, I believe important lessons can also be learned when everything does go according to plan.

Quick Weather Changes

Most aviators have experienced quick weather changes during a flight. Those experiences, both good and bad, can affect the way you fly for the rest of your career.

  • 8 October 2023
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Gone with the Wind

There I was, standing just inside the glass doors of the Myrtle Beach (South Carolina) International Airport Fixed Base Operations (FBO) and watching the monsoon-like winds building quickly from out of nowhere. The rain was coming down so hard it was getting difficult to see my twin-engine turboprop-powered C-26E transport parked on the line just 50 yards away. I watched in horror as my airplane started to move, as if it had come alive on its own. But let me back up to how I got to this point.

  • 1 October 2023
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No Man is an Island

We watch television, send and receive emails and text messages and make telephone calls daily. You’d think we’d be pretty adept at communicating, right? Not always. Let me share a personal example.

  • 24 September 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Breaking the Chain

Typically, mishaps are the result of many contributing factors rather than a single event. If any link in the chain is broken, the scenario changes and the mishap can be avoided. This is not just an aviation safety officer’s words from a PowerPoint presentation. It’s a fact.

  • 10 September 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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FOD: No Room for Complacency

Back when I was a young buck sergeant, I got my teeth kicked in due to improper tool accountability. Getting one’s teeth kicked in isn’t as bad as it sounds; a little corrective training never hurt anyone. But this particular event inspired me to reach what I thought was an unreachable Soldier.

  • 3 September 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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