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The last thing you want to hear from the backseat while flying an instrument approach in an AH-64 is, “Oh, crap! I’ve got the controls!” That’s exactly what I heard just before a steep-diving left turn. I think my heart was in my throat. 
Luck isn’t a Safety Plan
To prevent accidents, we need to take a link out of the chain of events that lead to the mishap. This accident could have easily ended differently. And while luck is not part of the Army Safety Program, this event did have some good fortune.
  • 1 July 2014
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What No-fly Zone?
Our mission was a two-ship armed reconnaissance patrol in our sector designed to prevent and identify insurgent activity at known hot spots. In hindsight, I now realize a couple of important things I should have considered to avoid a close call. 
  • 1 June 2014
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Know Your Comfort Level
As aviators, we have all reached a point in which our comfort level was exceeded; however, rarely does one say something until later. There was one night, though, while flying over Iraq that I reached my comfort level and said something about it.
  • 1 June 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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Don’t Rush Me
Shortly after graduating flight school, I was tasked with assisting in ferrying two of our OH-58As from Nebraska to Fort Rucker, Ala. I was excited by the prospect of a cross-country flight with a pilot in command who was not an instructor pilot.
  • 1 June 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 6215
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Wrong Switch, Wrong Time
Ask any Soldier that has been deployed about the inherent stresses caused by the theater of war and you will surely hear the near-miss and there-I-was stories. The multitude of things that can go wrong during any deployment cause a state of constant and heightened situational awareness. 
  • 1 June 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 13788
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