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As an aviator, I am cautious around anyone who uses the word “easy.” Just because a mission appears to be simple does not mean it will turn out that way. It is our responsibility as pilots to conduct proper flight planning procedures and risk management to identify potential hazards in the mission before takeoff.

Sharing the Good and Bad

All too often in aviation, we are hesitant to admit when we don’t know something or, even worse, that we made a mistake. This was never more evident to me than when my unit began to turn in our OH-58A/Cs and transition to the UH-72 Lakota.

  • 18 February 2024
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Imagine You Are on a Motorcycle

Have you ever been in a situation where you weren’t paying attention to the road or anything else going on around you? For whatever reason — maybe you were on a familiar route or distracted by something inside your vehicle — most of us have displayed some amount of inattention on the roadway.

  • 18 February 2024
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You Know the Drill

It is zero-dark-thirty on a Saturday morning and you’re starting the car to drive to your weekend drill. As you set your coffee in the cupholder, did you realize you were already on duty?

  • 18 February 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Everyone Has a Role

Risk management, safety and constant planning are a way of life for the military, but so are chaos, deadlines, demands and stress. When leaders forget to follow basic principles, people could get hurt or killed.

  • 11 February 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 240
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Till Maintenance Do Us Part

Everything was going fine until my cellphone rang. We had just had an accident on the flight line. One of our pilots partially degloved his finger as he was stepping down from the cockpit of a UH-60 and the medics were taking him to the hospital.

  • 11 February 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 309
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