Archive for May, 2017

  • BY AE2 CHRISTOPHER HILL, HSM-74 During month three of a seven-month deployment, day-to-day maintenance and flying had the days running together. August 21 was a day, however, I will never forget. Vixen 703 had a 1:45 a.m. launch in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and it was maintenance’s job to […]

    The Tale of Two Beanies

    BY AE2 CHRISTOPHER HILL, HSM-74 During month three of a seven-month deployment, day-to-day maintenance and flying had the days running together. August 21 was a day, however, I will never forget. Vixen 703 had a 1:45 a.m. launch in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and it was maintenance’s job to […]

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  • BY AE2 THOMAS BESA Someone once told me, “Doing it wrong is as good as not doing it at all.” Right off the bat that message is what you should get out of this story, as it is a very important lesson we must all learn from, regardless of rating […]

    Do It Right or Don’t Do It At All

    BY AE2 THOMAS BESA Someone once told me, “Doing it wrong is as good as not doing it at all.” Right off the bat that message is what you should get out of this story, as it is a very important lesson we must all learn from, regardless of rating […]

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  • BY LTJG WESTON HENDERSON, VP-45 The P-8A Poseidon is not your typical Boeing 737 aircraft. The unique mission of the P-8A requires unconventional maintenance that is still relatively new to the community. The P-8A has multiple antennas, mission equipment, and sensors installed on the outside of the aircraft. This sensitive […]

    Look Out Below!

    BY LTJG WESTON HENDERSON, VP-45 The P-8A Poseidon is not your typical Boeing 737 aircraft. The unique mission of the P-8A requires unconventional maintenance that is still relatively new to the community. The P-8A has multiple antennas, mission equipment, and sensors installed on the outside of the aircraft. This sensitive […]

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  • BY LTCOL JESSE JANAY On Sept. 17, 2015, Capt Gil “Pebble” McMillian and his UH-1Y Huey crew had a transmission chip light and they made a precautionary emergency landing (PEL). Not a big news story in itself, but there is a bigger win here: a possible mishap did not occur […]

    The Safety Win

    BY LTCOL JESSE JANAY On Sept. 17, 2015, Capt Gil “Pebble” McMillian and his UH-1Y Huey crew had a transmission chip light and they made a precautionary emergency landing (PEL). Not a big news story in itself, but there is a bigger win here: a possible mishap did not occur […]

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  • BY BONNIE REVELL, NAVSAFECEN  In 2016, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, 11 Sailors lost their lives – one life lost is one too many. Looking at summer data, the Naval Safety Center found it shows the summer season is more dangerous than the spring, fall and winter seasons. While […]

    Summer: Recreation and Off-Duty Safety

    BY BONNIE REVELL, NAVSAFECEN  In 2016, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, 11 Sailors lost their lives – one life lost is one too many. Looking at summer data, the Naval Safety Center found it shows the summer season is more dangerous than the spring, fall and winter seasons. While […]

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  • BY AD1 (AW) PATRICK WARD, VFA-37 What started out as a normal workday for the powerplants work center, actually turned out to be a hectic night. Fortunately, the results were not near as dire as they could have been. Unfortunately, the event could have been com­pletely avoided had we just […]

    2,200-Pound Block of Swiss Cheese

    BY AD1 (AW) PATRICK WARD, VFA-37 What started out as a normal workday for the powerplants work center, actually turned out to be a hectic night. Fortunately, the results were not near as dire as they could have been. Unfortunately, the event could have been com­pletely avoided had we just […]

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  • BY LT NICHOLAS MYERS, VAW-121 Naval Aviation is a noisy business, and as aviators it’s a hazard we have come to accept and mitigate through the use of hearing protection. With the introduction of new platforms and technologies there comes a time when we have to re-evaluate traditional hearing protection […]

    Only You Can Prevent Hearing Loss

    BY LT NICHOLAS MYERS, VAW-121 Naval Aviation is a noisy business, and as aviators it’s a hazard we have come to accept and mitigate through the use of hearing protection. With the introduction of new platforms and technologies there comes a time when we have to re-evaluate traditional hearing protection […]

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  • BY PO2 CLIFFORD LONESOME, VFA-195 A fellow aviation ordnanceman (AO) and I were preparing our aircraft for the day’s flight schedule during the command’s fall Western Pacific patrol onboard USS Ronald Regan (CVN 76). The flight deck coordinator (FDC) called over the radio for us to reposition an MHU-191 ordnance […]

    Crunch in the Junkyard

    BY PO2 CLIFFORD LONESOME, VFA-195 A fellow aviation ordnanceman (AO) and I were preparing our aircraft for the day’s flight schedule during the command’s fall Western Pacific patrol onboard USS Ronald Regan (CVN 76). The flight deck coordinator (FDC) called over the radio for us to reposition an MHU-191 ordnance […]

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  • BY ROD HAFEMEISTER, NAS KINGSVILLE PAO A student pilot is on final approach when he sees a flash of something feathered pass in front of him and then feels an explosion. Bird strike! The single engine on his T-45 Goshawk jet trainer has failed, turning the aircraft into a 5-ton […]

    Bird Detecting Radar Reduces Strike Damage

    BY ROD HAFEMEISTER, NAS KINGSVILLE PAO A student pilot is on final approach when he sees a flash of something feathered pass in front of him and then feels an explosion. Bird strike! The single engine on his T-45 Goshawk jet trainer has failed, turning the aircraft into a 5-ton […]

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  • BY LT ANDREW MIRANDA, NAVSAFECEN This year marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most influential publications in human factors. In 1947, psychologist Paul Fitts, along with Air Force Capt. Richard Jones and support from Lt. Col. A. P. Gagge and Col. Edward Kendricks of the Aeromedical Laboratory at […]

    Reconsidering Human Error

    BY LT ANDREW MIRANDA, NAVSAFECEN This year marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most influential publications in human factors. In 1947, psychologist Paul Fitts, along with Air Force Capt. Richard Jones and support from Lt. Col. A. P. Gagge and Col. Edward Kendricks of the Aeromedical Laboratory at […]

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