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Egress Systems: What’s New?

Egress Systems: What’s New? – conferences Perry Nelson In the Air Force, there is a group of professionals whose job is to ensure aircraft ejection seats will work as designed, regardless of the equipment’s age–they are your egress specialists. Every year, US and Allied Nation egress specialists gather to confront and resolve problems that concern […]

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Chief’s sight picture: Air Force safety … the goal is zero mishaps!

Chief’s sight picture: Air Force safety … the goal is zero mishaps! Over the past 10 years, we have prevailed in combat in Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. We have toppled dictators, provided opportunities for democracy to flourish, and destroyed terrorist networks. We have demonstrated time and time again that we are the greatest Air […]

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USAF Class A Flight Mishaps

USAF Class A Flight Mishaps FY02 Flight Mishaps (Oct 01-Sep 02) 36 Class A Mishaps 22 Fatalities 19 Aircraft Destroyed FY01 Flight Mishaps (Oct 00-Sep 01) 24 Class A Mishaps 9 Fatalities 21 Aircraft Destroyed 14 Oct # An HH-60 crashed into a river while flying a low-level training mission. 17 Oct An F-16CG was […]

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Automation and the Halo effect

Automation and the Halo effect Randle A. Gladney The increase in aviation technology has been outstanding over the last 15 to 20 years. We, as aviators and aircrews, fly more advanced machines that were designed to reduce the workload on the pilots and crew. Human System Integration (HSI) was designed to lessen pilot stress and […]

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… that way we don’t do anything right now

We plan ahead …: … that way we don’t do anything right now Tim Hale “We plan ahead; that way we don’t do anything right now.” That’s one of my favorite quotes, from what is otherwise a very bad movie. There’s a lot to be said for that comment. We do this every time we […]

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The supervisor’s role: leadership by example

The supervisor’s role: leadership by example There is a certain amount of dignity attached to the title of Supervisor; and rightly so. As an outgrowth of the merit system, where an individual’s experience, skill, and ability are recognized and rewarded, the title of Supervisor would naturally take on dignity and respect. The supervisor is a […]

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Nato Air-To-Air Refueling

Nato Air-To-Air Refueling Fred Harbottle A Scenario on Operations in the Adriatic After a long and uneventful mission flying on a refueling track in the Adriatic, DRUM 43 (KC-135) receives a message from Magic 24 (AWACS): “DRUM 43, what is your maximum transferable fuel?” After a short pause, DRUM 43 responds, “22,000 pounds.” Magic 24 […]

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MESSAGE From the Chief of Safety

MESSAGE From the Chief of Safety – letter Timothy A. Peppe Just about any way you look at it, FY00 was a record year. We had the lowest ever number of Class A mishaps–22–the lowest number of aircraft destroyed–14–and the lowest number of total aviation deaths–seven. Our mishap rate–the number of Class A mishaps per […]

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Lack of CRM can kill

Lack of CRM can kill Nathan Davidson I’ve been told the odds of having a Class A are akin to those of winning the lottery. And much like winning the lottery, I knew that an accident could never happen to me. It took a near mid-air collision for me to appreciate the fine line between […]

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Medication And Aircraft Maintainers

Medication And Aircraft Maintainers Bill Sneeder When thinking about aircraft mishaps and their causes, we tend to focus on the pilot. After all, he’s in the driver’s seat, there to troubleshoot any problems that may arise, and he’s expected to bring the “on-loan” aircraft back to base, in one piece, after a mission. If a […]