Aviation Safety Archive

  • STORY BY SN MATEO DIAZ, VAW-116 Everyone has been lost at least once in their lives. For many of us, being lost usually happens while we’re driving. This typically only means that we’re getting to our destination a little later or perhaps having to stop and fire up our GPS […]

    Lost on the Runway

    STORY BY SN MATEO DIAZ, VAW-116 Everyone has been lost at least once in their lives. For many of us, being lost usually happens while we’re driving. This typically only means that we’re getting to our destination a little later or perhaps having to stop and fire up our GPS […]

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  • BY AE1 (SG) MICHAEL APGAR Accidents happen all the time in the workplace. The aviation world is no exception, with countless possibilities and situations that can cause damage to equipment and hazards to personnel. According to the Federal Aviation Administration about 80 percent of accidents happen due to human factors. […]

    Human Factors Contribute to Near Mishap

    BY AE1 (SG) MICHAEL APGAR Accidents happen all the time in the workplace. The aviation world is no exception, with countless possibilities and situations that can cause damage to equipment and hazards to personnel. According to the Federal Aviation Administration about 80 percent of accidents happen due to human factors. […]

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  • BY CDR JOE LEVY, VP-5 CO Having recently returned from a challenging split-site deployment, including the first deployment to 5th Fleet for the P-8A Poseidon, VP-5 has completed a campaign to institutionalize the use of operational risk management (ORM) in our pilots and naval flight officers that began early on […]

    Institutionalizing ORM at the Squadron Level

    BY CDR JOE LEVY, VP-5 CO Having recently returned from a challenging split-site deployment, including the first deployment to 5th Fleet for the P-8A Poseidon, VP-5 has completed a campaign to institutionalize the use of operational risk management (ORM) in our pilots and naval flight officers that began early on […]

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  • BY LCDR GEORGE DEGENNARO, VFA-83 It’s the middle of April in the North Persian Gulf. The air wing has been on deployment since the middle of November and flying sorties in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) since late December. We’re pulling into Dubai in the morning for the third […]

    It’s Not Over, Until It’s Over!

    BY LCDR GEORGE DEGENNARO, VFA-83 It’s the middle of April in the North Persian Gulf. The air wing has been on deployment since the middle of November and flying sorties in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) since late December. We’re pulling into Dubai in the morning for the third […]

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  • BY MAJ MATT COLLIER, HMLA-773 One of the hardest decisions as an aircraft commander or flight leader is whether or not to call knock it off and head back home. We’ve probably all seen knock it off calls that were debatable. On one end of the spectrum are the ones […]

    Knock It Off? One Squadron’s Methodical Approach to a Snowy Troop Lift

    BY MAJ MATT COLLIER, HMLA-773 One of the hardest decisions as an aircraft commander or flight leader is whether or not to call knock it off and head back home. We’ve probably all seen knock it off calls that were debatable. On one end of the spectrum are the ones […]

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  • BY LT STEPHEN VANDAL HSM-51 Quarterly safety standdowns are rarely engaging events. Oftentimes, all hands gather in an auditorium or the hangar and a series of speakers lecture the group on the safety topics of the season such as wearing sunscreen in the summer, turkey fryer safety in the fall, […]

    Crowd Sourced ORM

    BY LT STEPHEN VANDAL HSM-51 Quarterly safety standdowns are rarely engaging events. Oftentimes, all hands gather in an auditorium or the hangar and a series of speakers lecture the group on the safety topics of the season such as wearing sunscreen in the summer, turkey fryer safety in the fall, […]

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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 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 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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