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Red Illum
This mission was for six UH-60s to insert troops into the open, isolated desert of Kuwait under zero percent illumination, zero contrast (or ground references), also known as “Red Illum.” It was one of the most challenging landings any one of us has ever accomplished to date.
Be Ever Vigilant
In an AH-64D with tandem seating, combined with a combat environment, there are many critical phases that seem to mesh to form a constant need for diligent cross-monitoring. If one pilot could complete all mission tasks, there would only be one seat.
  • 1 January 2014
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Bullets and Birds
I was a new Longbow pilot in command, gearing up for the annual gunnery exercise. It was going to be awesome! Little did I know that not only were my range skills going to be tested, but also my basic pilot skills, such as situational awareness.
  • 1 January 2014
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Waiting for the Call
The air ambulance business can be challenging, and sometimes I feel it doesn't receive the recognition it deserves. Unfortunately, casualties are a part of war, so it’s absolutely necessary. This story chronicles one of my experiences in Iraq.
  • 1 December 2013
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 13151
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Crew Mix-up
Crew mix plays a big part of flight planning and should never be taken lightly. Before one flight, I had some doubts about the crew mix. The majority of the experience was in the trail aircraft, which meant there was a possibility of task saturation for the PC of the lead aircraft.
  • 1 December 2013
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 7325
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Who’s in Charge?
Unmanned aircraft systems have many built-in procedural safety checks similar to manned aviation, such as system limitations, environmental factors and airspace deconfliction methods. These procedures are in place to ensure the safety of the aircraft and aircrew operating in the same area of operations.
  • 1 December 2013
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 3325
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