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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).

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
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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
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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.

  • 18 June 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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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
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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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
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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