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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.

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
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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
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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
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UAS Safety Culture and the 'Big Picture'

Tactical unmanned aircraft system (TUAS) platoons are inherently difficult to manage. Massive amounts of equipment, responsibility for aviation operations, and limited senior leadership are typical constraints found among TUAS elements.

  • 18 May 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 406
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Aviation Environmental Training: Don't Forget to Train Aviators to Think

Aviation environmental training is key to success when operating in high, hot, heavy and dusty conditions. With the 4th quarter approaching and the increase in summertime training operations tempo (optempo), the time is now to tune up and ramp up the unit environmental training program.

  • 18 May 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 515
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