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Rush to Failure

“Go-around! Go-around! Go-around!” Those were the words we wished we heard before our stabilator struck the ground. This mishap could have been prevented, and we’re lucky it didn’t cause severe damage to the aircraft or injuries to the crew.

The Risk of Routine

During one deployment, I was part of an aircrew that, upon landing, discovered an open and damaged engine nacelle. My first reaction was how the nacelle latch could fail in flight because I always check them during my walk-around. I asked myself, “I did check them this time, right?”

  • 6 February 2022
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Luck -- Plain and Simple

While deployed to an Eastern European country as a chief warrant officer three, I was a maintenance test pilot assigned to a UH-60L air assault company. My unit was more than halfway through our deployment with no major aircraft mishaps. Well, at least none yet.

  • 30 January 2022
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Maintaining Vigilance

When you are downrange in an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) platoon, everything gets repetitive. You launch your aircraft, fly your mission and land several times every day. The platoon is usually isolated from the rest of your unit and everyone knows the rules of the flight line. It’s when visitors arrive that problems sometimes arise.

  • 23 January 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Inverted and Ice-Covered

It is my hope that others might learn from my experience and never find themselves in an aircraft that’s inverted and ice-covered. If by misfortune you do find yourself there, know you can get out alive.

  • 16 January 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Enforcing Standards

The first 90 days of a deployment, especially a first-time deployment, is statistically one of the most dangerous times an aviator can face in his or her Army career.

  • 9 January 2022
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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