Aviation Maintenance Safety Archive

  • By ADAN Anthony Haga Everyone has had a time when they did not get enough sleep. Some people deal with a lack of sleep better than others. One person may only feel slightly groggy in the morning, while another feels like they are the walking dead all day long. Either […]

    Safety Through and Through

    By ADAN Anthony Haga Everyone has had a time when they did not get enough sleep. Some people deal with a lack of sleep better than others. One person may only feel slightly groggy in the morning, while another feels like they are the walking dead all day long. Either […]

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  • 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 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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  • Visitors to the Naval Safety Center (NAVSAFECEN) website will soon notice some improved changes requiring a common access card (CAC) to access certain aspects of the command’s site. The new SharePoint site will provide a secure platform where safety professionals can find current and relevant information about the safety community including […]

    Safety Center Website Offers New Levels of Security

    Visitors to the Naval Safety Center (NAVSAFECEN) website will soon notice some improved changes requiring a common access card (CAC) to access certain aspects of the command’s site. The new SharePoint site will provide a secure platform where safety professionals can find current and relevant information about the safety community including […]

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  • Compiled by the 360°SAFE Staff Seven years ago, the Department of the Navy released via an all-Navy message the safety vision for 2009 and beyond. In the message, Navy commands were required to complete an annual self-assessment of their safety program. Commands conducting regular workplace inspections not only help their […]

    A Simple Measure To Detect Hazards

    Compiled by the 360°SAFE Staff Seven years ago, the Department of the Navy released via an all-Navy message the safety vision for 2009 and beyond. In the message, Navy commands were required to complete an annual self-assessment of their safety program. Commands conducting regular workplace inspections not only help their […]

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  • STORY BY LCDR TODD PETRIE, VFA-213 As many readers of Mech already know, some of the most common ground mishaps plaguing the FA-18 community are crunches involving doors 64L and 64R. For non-Hornet maintainers, those are the two engine bay doors that clamshell open on the keel of the aircraft. […]

    Crunch Time

    STORY BY LCDR TODD PETRIE, VFA-213 As many readers of Mech already know, some of the most common ground mishaps plaguing the FA-18 community are crunches involving doors 64L and 64R. For non-Hornet maintainers, those are the two engine bay doors that clamshell open on the keel of the aircraft. […]

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  • STORY BY LT NATHAN RICE, HSL-49 Things were smooth during the fourth month of my HSL-49 Helicopter Aircraft Commander (HAC) cruise. It was a 4th Fleet Counter Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) deployment embarked in USS Gary (FFG 51), and the detachment was running astonishingly well. Our officer in charge (OIC) […]

    Not Seeing The Forest For The Trees

    STORY BY LT NATHAN RICE, HSL-49 Things were smooth during the fourth month of my HSL-49 Helicopter Aircraft Commander (HAC) cruise. It was a 4th Fleet Counter Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) deployment embarked in USS Gary (FFG 51), and the detachment was running astonishingly well. Our officer in charge (OIC) […]

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  • STORY BY AE2 JESSE MORGAN, HSC-3 It was a routine night at the MH-60S Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) located on Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. The FRS is generally considered a high-tempo training command that routinely executes a daily flight schedule requiring five MH-60S aircraft, which sometimes begins shortly after […]

    You Can’t Do It Alone

    STORY BY AE2 JESSE MORGAN, HSC-3 It was a routine night at the MH-60S Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) located on Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. The FRS is generally considered a high-tempo training command that routinely executes a daily flight schedule requiring five MH-60S aircraft, which sometimes begins shortly after […]

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