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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.

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
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Sharing the Skies

By today’s technological standards, our antiquated AH-64As were dinosaurs — mostly analog switches, steam gauges and paper maps, baby! The glass cockpit concept (computerized displays with multifunctional screens and buttons) sounded like something from the future to us, but we considered flying these aircraft as a bit of a badge of honor.

  • 12 June 2016
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Time Well Spent

Prior to deployment, our unit practiced the power management issues we expected to encounter in Afghanistan. It paid off.

  • 1 June 2016
  • Author: Army Safety
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Army Aviation: A Safety Evaluation

Aviators must train on a wider array of tasks to succeed in a decisive action training environment. Some skills, such as attack helicopters taking on increased scout and reconnaissance roles and manned and unmanned teaming, are new.

  • 31 May 2016
  • Author: Army Safety
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Have an Out

In the summer of 1990, I was a new warrant officer just out of flight school who was eager to learn to fly, so I volunteered for a mission with a first lieutenant. Our mission was to support our state’s anti-drug division, which later became nationally known as the RAID program.

  • 22 May 2016
  • Author: Army Safety
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