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Mishap statistics – Brief Article

Mishap statistics – Brief Article – Statistical Data Included Aircraft Notes The combination of winter weather and returning from the holiday break in flying continuity always makes January a daunting month for flight safety. The added burden of performing or preparing for deployed operations further complicates this first full winter month of FY02. Training like […]

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Are you fit for combat?

Are you fit for combat? – nausea during high-velocity flight David A. Hagginbothom For those of us who have endured a G-induced Loss of Consciousness (GLOC), the experience might be described by the title of the Steppenwolf “classic” rock song, Magic Carpet Ride. One moment you are going about your business in a hard turn, […]

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Ground safety: award of distinction

Ground safety: award of distinction Joseph Winfield TSgt Winfield executed a number of ground safety initiatives to boost ground safety awareness across the wing. As point man for the wing’s safety publicity program, Sgt Winfield crafted three safety articles for the base newspaper, provided numerous safety tips to public affairs for publication in the paper, […]

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PRM: Your ticket to safety – Safety Shorts – Personal Risk Management

PRM: Your ticket to safety – Safety Shorts – Personal Risk Management – Brief Article Patrick J. Spoor Personal Risk Management (PRM) is a common sense way of accomplishing a task with reduced risk. It is a systematic process to help all individuals make sound decisions in a logical manner. It is a method of […]

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Night flying hazards of spatial D

Night flying hazards of spatial D Brian Farrar Night flying–or some it’s the best time to be airborne (i.e., less air traffic, the concealing cover of darkness, inertial navigation system direct whenever you ask for it, and quiet radios). However, it’s also the perfect time to experience spatial disorientation. Disorientation in flight is extremely hazardous […]

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The Iceman cometh – safety loading measures

The Iceman cometh – safety loading measures – Brief Article Robin J. Bunce “Cold as Ice.” Great song from the 1970s. Ice-cold lemonade. Great to drink on a hot summer day Ice-cold beer with names like light-ice, ice-brewed, and cold-filtered. Sounds refreshing as a cool mountain stream. References to things ice cold usually have a […]

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FOD – foreign object debris/damage

FOD – foreign object debris/damage – safety tips Jeffry B. SMSgt England Most of us are familiar with the term Foreign Object Debris/Damage or FOD. Foreign objects and debris (i.e., rocks, nails, screws, fasteners, tools, rivets, and wire) can find their way into the strangest places and do considerable damage. Those of us who work […]

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Driving under the influence of fatigue

Driving under the influence of fatigue Troy Faaborg What can you do that is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol, is just as wrong as DUI, but is completely legal? Driving while fatigued is something that nearly all of us have done–quite regularly in some cases–but perhaps without considering the potential […]

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Why so cold? – wind chill measurements

Why so cold? – wind chill measurements – Statistical Data Included Craig King Like most of you, I’ve never spent much time worrying about wind chill computations. On the rare occasion when it was a factor in my predominately southern Air Force experience, the weather guy would tell me what the wind chill was, and […]

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It’s still winter

It’s still winter – Accent on Safety Late winter weather can be tough to predict. It behooves us, as we start to look ahead toward spring, to still take all the winter precautions both in the air and on the ground. Whether we are planning a vacation, going skiing, loading munitions in the freezing conditions, […]