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Wrong Number
As I continued my cross-check to outside the aircraft, I turned to look at the pilot in the right seat. I was shocked when I noticed a dark shape floating immediately above and to the right of his helmet. We were not alone in this little patch of sky.
Check Your Pubs
Fixed-wing flying is a different animal than what we have grown accustomed to in our Army helicopters. I was fortunate enough to learn at a young aviation age that you need to ensure that you always have all of the necessary publications prior to taking off. 
  • 1 May 2014
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Flying Blind
As we departed Farah on a medevac mission, everything was going well. Visibility was excellent and we had plenty of illumination. Then we ran into visibility issues — an unforecasted dust storm.
  • 1 May 2014
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From Good to Bad
There are a number of policies and procedures that assist aviators and air traffic controllers in avoiding near misses. However, if both do not understand the local procedures established at a designated airfield, the consequences can be dangerous.
  • 1 May 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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So Many Gadgets, So Much Distraction
Most of my flying for the past 30 years as a reservist and civilian pilot has been under visual meteorological conditions. Therefore, I am accustomed to flying with most of my attention focused outside the cockpit.
  • 1 April 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 13835
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Just Say No
When we are tired, we sometimes make mistakes we wouldn't normally make. This incident taught me that although I was just trying to help, sometimes you just have to say no. I will use this lesson for the rest of my career. 
  • 1 April 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 13297
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