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As the saying goes, the difference between a Class A and Class C mishap is inches and seconds. To add to that, total Class A-C mishaps can be predictive of the health of our safety programs.

Who is Flying the Aircraft?

I showed up at my first assignment as an aviator right as we were headed out the door for a deployment in Regional Command East. I was excited and nervous. My Readiness Level 3 to 2 progression took two flights and suddenly I was flying combat missions with my troop standardization pilot (SP). Flight school had given me just enough experience to make me dangerous, so there were good days where I was nearly competent, and bad days where I was a liability in the cockpit.

  • 20 June 2021
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Stick to Procedures

Nothing will make you reflect on how lucky you are more than escaping a bad situation unscathed and beating the odds that were stacked against you. Predicting weather in Iraq was difficult at best. And even though the Air Force weather forecasters were highly trained professionals, if they gave you a weather brief, it could change quickly.

  • 13 June 2021
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Airspace Deconfliction

As an aviation safety officer at Kandahar Air Base assigned to Task Force Out Front, I was a pilot in command (PC) and air mission commander (AMC) and flew more than 150 combat missions responding to numerous troops-in-contact calls in Kandahar province. During my deployment, we had a mid-air collision with an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) because communication and tracking of UASs between ground units within the same brigade was ineffective. Here’s what happened.

  • 6 June 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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A Torch to Carry

“Two to fly. Systems, you good in the back?” As a junior aviator, statements like this were commonplace in my cockpit but never resulted in an incident or mishap. As a unit trainer, I taught this technique without reprisal or correction from my seniors. As a student at the instructor pilot (IP) course, however, I said it for the last time. Here’s what happened.

  • 1 June 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 597
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Wire Strike? Not In My Backyard.

Ask any pilot or crewmember what their biggest hazard to flight would be, and you could expect a few different answers; birds, other aircraft, or weather. What about wires? Pilots and crewmembers are taught the hazards to terrain flight during primary and tactical training.

  • 18 May 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 518
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