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In the air, things can change — some for the good, some for the bad. That’s where good planning comes into play. The smallest detail can change the outcome of a flight, which is what happened to me on a deployment in Iraq.
Killed by Convenience
As we flew the assistant division commander for operations to Forward Operating Base Warhorse for a meeting, we received a frantic call for help over the common frequency. The message was clear: A critically wounded Soldier at a smaller FOB needed immediate evacuation or he would die.
  • 1 September 2013
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Rocky Mountain High

I have had the pleasure of attending some of the best schools the Army has to offer. One school recently taught me the valuable lesson of knowing my personal limitations regarding high-altitude flight.

  • 1 August 2013
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It's Your Runway
There I was, looking down an 11,000-foot runway at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. I was working on my instrument rating, and navigating the labyrinth of taxiway here intimated all new pilots, especially this one.
  • 1 August 2013
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 940
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Grace Under Pressure
Everything was going as planned the first couple of hours of the mission. It was a quiet night, and we were about to return to base. Suddenly, our AH-64A began to have violent, uncommanded control inputs.
  • 1 August 2013
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 7423
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Follow the Checklists
It is very important to use and follow all checklists because they and their associated steps are there to protect both personnel and equipment.

  • 1 August 2013
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 9889
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