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Where’s the Challenge? – challenge and response, aircraft piloting checklists

Where’s the Challenge? – challenge and response, aircraft piloting checklists – Brief Article Peyton DeHart Starting an aircraft just didn’t seem that hard … “Checklists are a crutch,” I heard when I first started flying. The seasoned fleet pilots thought checklists weren’t cool. You don’t need a checklist to start a car. Starting an aircraft […]

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SD happens only to the other guy

SD happens only to the other guy Rick Erickson Accidents always seem to happen to the other guy. How could a good pilot, who’s a great stick, be lured into the trap of losing reference to his or her surroundings and end up crashing with no knowledge of impending doom? Where was the breakdown that […]

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Do You Smell Smoke?

Do You Smell Smoke? Brent Tornga A COUPLE SECONDS ELAPSED BEFORE WE HEARD A SNAP. My EA-6B squadron was on its first leg of a Westpac cruise and had been operating in Japanese airspace for about three weeks. Just a few days before going on cruise, we had been rerouted to Japan because of tension […]

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Hot switch

Hot switch Eric Smith The sequence of events leading up to my night flight did not violate any instruction, SOP guidance, or CRM check. However, I found myself in a situation no aviator ever wants to be in while on a flight deck. My last flight had been exactly one week earlier, as we operated […]

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Where is my beta at?

Where is my beta at? Shawn Frazier After flying eight uneventful field-carrier-landing-practice (FCLP) passes, it was time to full stop and let someone else jump in and give it a shot. We had a clear, sunny day in Virginia, and we were flying FCLPs at NALF Fentress–getting ready to hit the boat for work-ups. My […]

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Bravo Zulu – stories from military pilots

Bravo Zulu – stories from military pilots They say pilots never forget the first time they solo. For 2ndLt. Jeff Davis, an Air Force student aviator assigned to VT-3 at NAS Whiting Field, this saying holds especially true. Halfway into his contact 4401 solo and during level flight in day-VMC conditions, the front canopy of […]

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From Combat to Casale – pilot recounts experience flying strike over Kosovo

From Combat to Casale – pilot recounts experience flying strike over Kosovo – Brief Article Mark Keller A month into my first deployment, we had been flying strikes over Kosovo for two weeks. We had been frustrated by bad weather, but this night promised to be different. The skies were clear, and we had a […]

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Applying OJT and ORM off-duty – on-the-job training, operational risk management – Brief Article – Editorial

Applying OJT and ORM off-duty – on-the-job training, operational risk management – Brief Article – Editorial – Statistical Data Included David Architzel During the past five fiscal years, 331 Sailors and 271 Marines were killed on highways. These deaths represented nearly 81 percent of all off-duty deaths during the period, and were more than twice […]

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ORM CORNER: More Than Just Crew Rest

ORM CORNER: More Than Just Crew Rest – Brief Article David Levenson Every crew brief covers operational risk management (ORM), but the ORM part often lacks depth. Mission commanders and flight leads simply ask if everyone has had enough crew rest or sleep. ORM is much more than that. On one particular flight, the entire […]

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SEAL Versus Steel – Navy SEAL mission accident

SEAL Versus Steel – Navy SEAL mission accident – Brief Article David Peters This story is the hardest one I’ve ever written. I was the crew chief during a Helicopter. Visit, Board. Search and Seizure (HVBSS). We were operating off the coast of South Korea. It was a moonless night. The sea had a slight […]