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As a California Army National Guard aviator, we often have the opportunity to support a number of units conducting training rotations at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin.

Do Your Own Walk-around

The sun was just coming up as I headed to prepare my aircraft for first-up duty. I went out before the rest of the crew to take care of a few things and have the aircraft ready for the pilots to do their preflight.

  • 29 August 2021
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Mid-Air Collison Course

Being involved in direct-support air assaults brings its own hazards that we plan for and work out in every detail.

  • 22 August 2021
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How Far are You Going to Let this Go?

So how far are you going to let this go? The answer to this question should never be a spur-of-the-moment decision. The answer should be “to my en-route decision point.”

  • 1 August 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Flying Blind

I learned several things from this experience. First, IIMC is an emotional event which is mitigated through training. Second, it is very hard to choose not to go on a mission even though all of the indicators are present.

  • 18 July 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Crew Mix Matters

Once I looked back to the front, I was in shock. I had an Apache, no more than a few rotor disks away, conducting a dive and banking right in front of me. I immediately pulled more power and banked to the left, hoping the other Apache was not flying nearby.

  • 11 July 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 610
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