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  • In the evening hours of Thursday October 25, Naval Air Station North Island’s HSC-3 Merlins crossed the incredible milestone of 300,000 Class A mishap-free flight hours on a nighttime formation flight. Throughout its history, HSC-3 has distinguished itself for providing mission readiness and unparalleled safety. HSC-3 serves as the Navy’s […]

    HSC-3 Reaches 300,000 Mishap-Free Flight Hours

    In the evening hours of Thursday October 25, Naval Air Station North Island’s HSC-3 Merlins crossed the incredible milestone of 300,000 Class A mishap-free flight hours on a nighttime formation flight. Throughout its history, HSC-3 has distinguished itself for providing mission readiness and unparalleled safety. HSC-3 serves as the Navy’s […]

  • BY MS. CARLA DOVE & MR. JAMES WHATTON Smithsonian Institution Feather Identification Lab The Strike                                                                        […]

    What Happens to All The Birds?

    BY MS. CARLA DOVE & MR. JAMES WHATTON Smithsonian Institution Feather Identification Lab The Strike                                                                        […]

  • BY MR. JAY HIGGINS The statistics associated with wildlife strikes on naval aircraft are in for Fiscal Year 2017. A total of 1,247 strikes were reported to the Naval Safety Center with more than $45 million in aircraft damage costs accrued from mishaps (one Class A, two Class B, 16 […]

    Know the Enemy

    BY MR. JAY HIGGINS The statistics associated with wildlife strikes on naval aircraft are in for Fiscal Year 2017. A total of 1,247 strikes were reported to the Naval Safety Center with more than $45 million in aircraft damage costs accrued from mishaps (one Class A, two Class B, 16 […]

  • BY CDR RUDOLF HAWKINS In the halls of the Naval Safety Center, I hear this all the time, “Should we blame the pilot or the procedure?” During our “round table” safety investigation report endorsement debates in the aviation shop at the Naval Safety Center, we do not use the word […]

    Blame vs. Cause

    BY CDR RUDOLF HAWKINS In the halls of the Naval Safety Center, I hear this all the time, “Should we blame the pilot or the procedure?” During our “round table” safety investigation report endorsement debates in the aviation shop at the Naval Safety Center, we do not use the word […]

  • BY LT ROBERT GRANT Veteran’s Day 2017 marked the 100th Anniversary of Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island’s founding. To celebrate, the base hosted a special Veteran’s Day event and requested a national anthem flyover from the tenant commands of NAS Lemoore. As a relatively new F-35C pilot and lover […]

    Is There Ever Such a Thing as a “Good Deal Cross Country?”

    BY LT ROBERT GRANT Veteran’s Day 2017 marked the 100th Anniversary of Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island’s founding. To celebrate, the base hosted a special Veteran’s Day event and requested a national anthem flyover from the tenant commands of NAS Lemoore. As a relatively new F-35C pilot and lover […]

  • BY LT JEFF FINDLAY Just when I thought nothing else could go wrong one day, I looked up and saw a face full of EA-18G. I’m fortunate to be here to tell my story. However, every thought I have of September 14, 2017 comes with a feeling of queasiness, and […]

    What Else Could Go Wrong?

    BY LT JEFF FINDLAY Just when I thought nothing else could go wrong one day, I looked up and saw a face full of EA-18G. I’m fortunate to be here to tell my story. However, every thought I have of September 14, 2017 comes with a feeling of queasiness, and […]

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  • In the evening hours of Thursday October 25, Naval Air Station North Island’s HSC-3 Merlins crossed the incredible milestone of 300,000 Class A mishap-free flight hours on a nighttime formation flight. Throughout its history, HSC-3 has distinguished itself for providing mission readiness and unparalleled safety. HSC-3 serves as the Navy’s […]

    HSC-3 Reaches 300,000 Mishap-Free Flight Hours

    In the evening hours of Thursday October 25, Naval Air Station North Island’s HSC-3 Merlins crossed the incredible milestone of 300,000 Class A mishap-free flight hours on a nighttime formation flight. Throughout its history, HSC-3 has distinguished itself for providing mission readiness and unparalleled safety. HSC-3 serves as the Navy’s […]

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  • BY MS. CARLA DOVE & MR. JAMES WHATTON Smithsonian Institution Feather Identification Lab The Strike                                                                        […]

    What Happens to All The Birds?

    BY MS. CARLA DOVE & MR. JAMES WHATTON Smithsonian Institution Feather Identification Lab The Strike                                                                        […]

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  • BY MR. JAY HIGGINS The statistics associated with wildlife strikes on naval aircraft are in for Fiscal Year 2017. A total of 1,247 strikes were reported to the Naval Safety Center with more than $45 million in aircraft damage costs accrued from mishaps (one Class A, two Class B, 16 […]

    Know the Enemy

    BY MR. JAY HIGGINS The statistics associated with wildlife strikes on naval aircraft are in for Fiscal Year 2017. A total of 1,247 strikes were reported to the Naval Safety Center with more than $45 million in aircraft damage costs accrued from mishaps (one Class A, two Class B, 16 […]

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  • BY CDR RUDOLF HAWKINS In the halls of the Naval Safety Center, I hear this all the time, “Should we blame the pilot or the procedure?” During our “round table” safety investigation report endorsement debates in the aviation shop at the Naval Safety Center, we do not use the word […]

    Blame vs. Cause

    BY CDR RUDOLF HAWKINS In the halls of the Naval Safety Center, I hear this all the time, “Should we blame the pilot or the procedure?” During our “round table” safety investigation report endorsement debates in the aviation shop at the Naval Safety Center, we do not use the word […]

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  • BY LT ROBERT GRANT Veteran’s Day 2017 marked the 100th Anniversary of Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island’s founding. To celebrate, the base hosted a special Veteran’s Day event and requested a national anthem flyover from the tenant commands of NAS Lemoore. As a relatively new F-35C pilot and lover […]

    Is There Ever Such a Thing as a “Good Deal Cross Country?”

    BY LT ROBERT GRANT Veteran’s Day 2017 marked the 100th Anniversary of Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island’s founding. To celebrate, the base hosted a special Veteran’s Day event and requested a national anthem flyover from the tenant commands of NAS Lemoore. As a relatively new F-35C pilot and lover […]

    Continue Reading...

  • BY LT JEFF FINDLAY Just when I thought nothing else could go wrong one day, I looked up and saw a face full of EA-18G. I’m fortunate to be here to tell my story. However, every thought I have of September 14, 2017 comes with a feeling of queasiness, and […]

    What Else Could Go Wrong?

    BY LT JEFF FINDLAY Just when I thought nothing else could go wrong one day, I looked up and saw a face full of EA-18G. I’m fortunate to be here to tell my story. However, every thought I have of September 14, 2017 comes with a feeling of queasiness, and […]

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  • BY LTJG STEPHEN PEREZ When anyone thinks of perfect weather, we had it. Sunny and 75 degrees, with relatively no humidity. As a crew, we could not ask for better conditions to operate in unfamiliar airspaces around the island of Okinawa. We had done our due diligence as Naval Aviators […]

    Engine Chip Light With Rear Admiral On Board

    BY LTJG STEPHEN PEREZ When anyone thinks of perfect weather, we had it. Sunny and 75 degrees, with relatively no humidity. As a crew, we could not ask for better conditions to operate in unfamiliar airspaces around the island of Okinawa. We had done our due diligence as Naval Aviators […]

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  • BY LT BLAKE LUSTY One of the toughest safety programs to keep functional through high turnover rates, multiple continuous maintenance availabilities (CMAV), and dry-docking selected restricted availability (DSRA) is the respiratory protection program. The program involves maintaining a high level of knowledge and accountability on the deckplates of how the […]

    Building a Respiratory Protection Program

    BY LT BLAKE LUSTY One of the toughest safety programs to keep functional through high turnover rates, multiple continuous maintenance availabilities (CMAV), and dry-docking selected restricted availability (DSRA) is the respiratory protection program. The program involves maintaining a high level of knowledge and accountability on the deckplates of how the […]

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  • BY JOSEPH PERFETTO Workplace safety inspections are required annually in accordance with Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Instruction 5100.23 series (OPNAVINST 5100.23) and the Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR 1960.25). Workplace inspections are one of the principle means of detecting hazards and unsafe behaviors that may develop […]

    Workplace Safety Inspections

    BY JOSEPH PERFETTO Workplace safety inspections are required annually in accordance with Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Instruction 5100.23 series (OPNAVINST 5100.23) and the Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR 1960.25). Workplace inspections are one of the principle means of detecting hazards and unsafe behaviors that may develop […]

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  • BY JOE PERFETTO ll commands are required by the Navy and Marine Corps Mishap and Safety Investigation, Reporting and Record Keeping Manual (OPNAVINST 5102.1D/MCO P5102.1B) to report all mishaps, hazards and near misses. In addition to reporting, they’re supposed to be investigated to determine what happened and how to prevent […]

    Where are the Supervisors? Supervision and Accountability

    BY JOE PERFETTO ll commands are required by the Navy and Marine Corps Mishap and Safety Investigation, Reporting and Record Keeping Manual (OPNAVINST 5102.1D/MCO P5102.1B) to report all mishaps, hazards and near misses. In addition to reporting, they’re supposed to be investigated to determine what happened and how to prevent […]

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