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As an aviator, I focus strongly on completing my mission. However, I can never become so focused on one task that I let slip the other things necessary to completing the mission safely. When the mission ends, I want to climb out of an aircraft — not be dragged from its wreckage.

Stay Aware in Your Backyard

I was stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, in the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade when I had an incident during a day training mission I’ll never forget.

  • 23 July 2023
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An Eye-Opening Mishap

The controls that were implemented following this mishap proved to be successful and corrected the safety indiscipline within the organization. Since then, the unit has recorded an estimated 400 flight hours with no new mishaps. This also shows that even though mishaps are regrettable, they can be an eye-opening moment that gives you an opportunity to improve operations in a safe manner.

  • 16 July 2023
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It Can Happen

As a young, thrill-seeking, soon-to-be Army aviator getting ready to start flight school, I did the stereotypical thing and bought a motorcycle. I’d ridden dirt bikes only a handful of times growing up and thought a street bike wouldn’t be much different. Eager to get on the road and start riding with friends that already had motorcycles, I signed up for the required Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic RiderCourse (BRC).

  • 16 July 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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The Difference Between Success and Failure

“This is it,” the other pilot said, putting his hands into the air as I took the flight controls and entered an autorotation to the best landing spot — a 2,000-foot rock cliff! I knew if we continued this autorotation, we were going to crash.

  • 9 July 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Be Seen

Graduating flight school is not the time to stop studying. No one knows everything and you may find yourself in a situation where you know a regulation your PC doesn’t. Oral knowledge is also a big factor when IPs choose who is going to take the next PC checkride.

  • 25 June 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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