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Failure to Imagine

I was a young CW2 when I had my Class C accident. I have often contemplated the factors that led up to it. The factor that sticks out most was our crew’s failure to imagine.

Lessons Learned
Have you ever had to stand before the commander and explain yourself and/or your decisions? Just prior to that conversation, did you say, “Self, there had to be a better way to execute that mission.” Once in the commander’s office, did you feel like the only thing you could say would begin with, “Sir, no one was more surprised than I when …”
  • 1 October 2014
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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.

  • 1 October 2014
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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
  • Author: Army Safety
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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
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 11009
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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
  • Number of views: 10469
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