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Poor Choices

The Shadow platoon conducted their initial training from January to May and, due to the entire platoon being straight from advanced individual training, the experience level was minimal at best.

Don't Assume Anything

Despite the challenges of English as a second language for my Egyptian counterparts, I thought I had a good handle on how the local pilots expressed themselves. I thought wrong.

  • 17 July 2016
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A Recipe for SD

Low-risk missions continue to produce accidents. Whether these missions cause crewmembers to conduct less-detailed mission plans or become more relaxed in the cockpit with their peers, pilots must plan carefully and accurately, taking into consideration all possible hazards encountered from initial takeoff to final landing.

  • 10 July 2016
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Check and Verify

As a young Soldier, I was excited about working in aviation. I was immediately responsible for protecting the lives of everyone who entered and operated my “bird,” as well as maintaining the aircraft when it was not in flight.

  • 1 July 2016
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 1285
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Trust Your Training

When I found out my application for the Fixed-Wing Multi-engine Qualification Course was approved and I was selected to attend, I was very excited. However, I was a little apprehensive — not about the overall course, just one area in particular.

  • 26 June 2016
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 1298
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Recipe for Disaster

Just as we crossed the protective barriers — BOOM! — the entire helicopter shook violently. The unsecured crewmember monitoring the load was thrown to the side of the airframe. Our flight engineer shouted, “We’re hit, put it down, put it down,” an intense task for the pilot on the controls given the DZ location.

  • 19 June 2016
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 1494
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