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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.

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
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Dirty Canopy
All of us, at one time or another, have experienced driving down the road with a dirty windshield. A quick stop at a gas station to clean it and then we’re back on our way. If only it were that simple in aviation.
  • 1 August 2014
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Along for the Ride
We conducted a reconnaissance of the landing zone and determined the size, wind direction and approach path. Everything looked normal. As I started the approach for landing, things were going good until about the last 30 feet.
  • 1 August 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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Attention to Detail
It is something we have all heard stories about — taking off and forgetting something on preflight or throughflight until someone remembers because of a procedure or something being said. Well, it finally happened to our crew.
  • 1 August 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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Good Intentions Don’t Guarantee Good Outcomes
We aviators sometimes allow set procedures and protocol to lead us down paths where we’d rather not go. One has to keep in the back of their mind that following an established procedure may not be prudent 100 percent of the time. 
  • 1 August 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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