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Years ago, I learned the value of speaking up for what’s right, regardless of the consequences. Early in my career as an Army aviator, I was told if I closed my pie hole and opened my ears, I might learn something. I was careful not to judge other pilots’ mistakes too harshly because one day I may do something less than brilliant. We have all done something stupid, whether we admit it or not.
Failure to Imagine

I was a young CW2 when I had my Class C accident. I have often contemplated the factors that led up to it. The factor that sticks out most was our crew’s failure to imagine.

  • 1 October 2014
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Lessons Learned
Have you ever had to stand before the commander and explain yourself and/or your decisions? Just prior to that conversation, did you say, “Self, there had to be a better way to execute that mission.” Once in the commander’s office, did you feel like the only thing you could say would begin with, “Sir, no one was more surprised than I when …”
  • 1 October 2014
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Need a Flight Plan?

I’d just delivered the aircraft to the civilian customers, and they couldn’t wait to get into the air. After discussing our planned route, I decided to not file a flight plan. That decision almost came back to bite me.

  • 1 October 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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Time to Call it a Day

I still talk to the crews of the flight about our near tragedy. It was a hard lesson to learn and, as strange as it might sound, I am glad I was put in that position. I often discuss the flight during crew briefs, and I am sure the other pilots involved do the same.

  • 1 October 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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The Bad Hand
Four months into my second deployment, I found myself thinking that this tour was much different than the last. Although it was still just as hot and gritty, the flying tempo was definitely at a higher pace and we were doing a lot more with a lot less.
  • 1 September 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 11027
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