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What No-fly Zone?

We conducted our normal briefing at the tactical operations center followed by our team brief, where we collected weather, NOTAMS, discussed our scheme of maneuver and completed our individual crew briefs, and then headed out for preflight of the aircraft.

Back to Earth

I was one of the senior pilots in the company with 500-plus hours in the HH-60M, and my pilot in command (PC) checkride was approaching. I was confident I was ready — some would say too confident. Looking back, I agree.

  • 11 June 2023
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Employ Your Fundamentals

If you have never flown a Chinook, one of the first things you should know is that rather than a collective for control of the vertical axis, there is a thrust control lever.

  • 4 June 2023
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Flying Blind

The following incident happened a few years ago while I was an AH-64A instructor pilot at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site at Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana, Arizona. It demonstrated to me that when things happen, some of them go the way you want while others do not.

  • 21 May 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Don't Let Overconfidence and Complacency Creep Up on You

Mishap investigations rarely uncover new contributing failures. Nearly every mishap is the result of a combination of the same errors that contributed to a previous mishap.

  • 14 May 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Running on Empty

We’ve all been there — that “will-I-make-it” moment. If you’re lucky enough to have avoided that experience, then you’ve heard it from the mouths of others — probably accompanied with a few nervous chuckles. For most, it’s the first time, and hopefully last, as well as a valuable learning point.

  • 7 May 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 285
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