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A very dangerous part of the maintenance personnel’s job is the launch and recovery of the Shadow. This incident occurred during the recovery of an aircraft where complacency played a contributing factor and the crew chief was not following the proper procedures.

A Slippery Slope

Sometimes, complacency and inexperience causes us to make less-than-stellar decisions. Thankfully, early experiences and failures in my personal career never led to a loss of life or equipment damage. What it did lead to, though, were lessons in the Army aviation safety risk management process.

  • 1 August 2015
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A Dangerous Combination

Fatigue, minor errors and simple miscommunication is a dangerous combination. I know because it happened to me and could have resulted in a midair accident.

  • 1 August 2015
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Rushing Toward Disaster

Army aviation is a demanding profession. You quickly learn how important it is to recognize and control situations that can cause problems, like being in a hurry. My story happened during routine flight operations.

  • 1 July 2015
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 10252
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Ice Isn't Your Friend

About a year after graduating from flight school, I was conducting instrument meteorological conditions training at my local airport with an instructor pilot. It was early spring and weather conditions were cloudy, with temperatures hovering at the freezing point.

  • 1 July 2015
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 9856
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Honest Feedback

All too often in aviation we are hesitant to admit when we don’t know something or, even worse, that we made a mistake. This is not surprising considering that, as a community, we are mostly Type A personalities.

  • 1 July 2015
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 9958
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