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Need a Flight Plan?

I’d just delivered the aircraft to the civilian customers, and they couldn’t wait to get into the air. After discussing our planned route, I decided to not file a flight plan. That decision almost came back to bite me.

Time to Call it a Day

I still talk to the crews of the flight about our near tragedy. It was a hard lesson to learn and, as strange as it might sound, I am glad I was put in that position. I often discuss the flight during crew briefs, and I am sure the other pilots involved do the same.

  • 1 October 2014
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The Bad Hand
Four months into my second deployment, I found myself thinking that this tour was much different than the last. Although it was still just as hot and gritty, the flying tempo was definitely at a higher pace and we were doing a lot more with a lot less.
  • 1 September 2014
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Know Your Options
Late winter of 2012 found me on a four-day mission flying a UC-35 to transport distinguished visitor passengers to various locations throughout Europe. The second day of the mission had us departing Byrdgosz, Poland, at mid-morning, refueling in Bucharest, Romania, then continuing to Ankara, Turkey.
  • 1 September 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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If Numbers Talked

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

  • 1 September 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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The Human Factor
“Beat the heat” — those three words used to remind me of my early days in the military. Beating the heat could be the difference between life and death at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. However, this historic motivational quote took on a whole new meaning following what I consider to be the scariest moments of my deployment.
  • 1 September 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 10625
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