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I never gave much thought that overconfidence could be a bad thing. This aspect was pointed out in an after-action review one rainy night in Mosul.
Under Pressure
Many times in a deployed environment, things that were once high on the priority list are moved toward the bottom. This can be broken down to two simple reasons: time and threat.
  • 1 February 2014
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If You Aren't Sure, Ask
After an incident involving spilled fuel, it was brought to my attention that it will corrode the aircraft’s fiberglass and sheet metal, weakening it. The aircraft needs to be washed as soon as possible. This incident taught me an important lesson: If you aren’t sure, ask.
  • 1 February 2014
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Beware of Sucker Holes
I’ve heard of sucker holes throughout my relatively short time in Army aviation and always wondered why someone would fall for it. But on one flight, I nearly ended up falling for one myself. 
  • 1 January 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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Flying Blind
I’d never flown behind a CH-47, but I knew how much rotor wash they were capable of creating. Therefore, I was going to give them more than enough room since the LZ was so large. What I wasn’t ready for was the amount of dust that was kicked up.
  • 1 January 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 1668
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Don’t Put Off Till Tomorrow …
It was a very long and exhausting week in which I had been working about 16 hours a day. As we planned for flight after to make sure everything went smoothly for the mission and UAS operators, “it” happened.
  • 1 January 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 6276
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