Editor’s Pick Archive

  • By Michael Borkowski As a former police officer and mishap investigator, I have witnessed first-hand death and carnage on our highways that no person should. Due to my experience, I have major concerns with poor choices such as texting while driving. Let’s be honest, either you or someone you know […]

    The Dangers of Texting While Driving: A Personal Perspective

    By Michael Borkowski As a former police officer and mishap investigator, I have witnessed first-hand death and carnage on our highways that no person should. Due to my experience, I have major concerns with poor choices such as texting while driving. Let’s be honest, either you or someone you know […]

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  • BY AN JOHN HAMPTON, VFA-195 While assigned to the line division, I found myself tasked with preparing two of our aircraft for an upcoming material control inspection (MCI). This meant I spent most of my time in the hangar bay with Sailors from the corrosion work center working on these […]

    Falling of an Aircraft

    BY AN JOHN HAMPTON, VFA-195 While assigned to the line division, I found myself tasked with preparing two of our aircraft for an upcoming material control inspection (MCI). This meant I spent most of my time in the hangar bay with Sailors from the corrosion work center working on these […]

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  • BY LT MIKE KELLY, VQ-4 There’s an Irish blessing that ends with the saying, “may the wind be always at your back.” Luckily, I’m a few generations removed from the old country because that mindset doesn’t jive well when landing an E-6B Mercury, especially when that wind comes in the […]

    Windshears in the Navy’s Heavy

    BY LT MIKE KELLY, VQ-4 There’s an Irish blessing that ends with the saying, “may the wind be always at your back.” Luckily, I’m a few generations removed from the old country because that mindset doesn’t jive well when landing an E-6B Mercury, especially when that wind comes in the […]

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  • BY LT KRISTEN JOHNSTON, VP 46 When I arrived at the squadron ready room to plan for my dedicated field work (DFW) flight, I had no reason to believe it would be different from any of the other flights I had conducted. DFWs are fairly common within our community and […]

    The Importance of Preflights

    BY LT KRISTEN JOHNSTON, VP 46 When I arrived at the squadron ready room to plan for my dedicated field work (DFW) flight, I had no reason to believe it would be different from any of the other flights I had conducted. DFWs are fairly common within our community and […]

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  • BY LT ROBERT GWINN, VFC-111 Key West is a wonderful place to live and an even better place to fly, but what happens when you leave the security of sunny blue skies and calm seas during a large frontal passage over the mainland? Nothing good. Multiple storm fronts were tracking […]

    Always Have a Way Out

    BY LT ROBERT GWINN, VFC-111 Key West is a wonderful place to live and an even better place to fly, but what happens when you leave the security of sunny blue skies and calm seas during a large frontal passage over the mainland? Nothing good. Multiple storm fronts were tracking […]

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  • BY MAJ CURTIS ALEXANDER, VMMT-204 On Nov. 21, 1970, a joint United States Air Force and United States Army mission launched to rescue 61 prisoners of war in Son Tây, North Vietnam. The plan was extremely risky, involving an assault on a fortified enemy position, deliberately crash landing a helicopter […]

    Quantitative Risk Assessment

    BY MAJ CURTIS ALEXANDER, VMMT-204 On Nov. 21, 1970, a joint United States Air Force and United States Army mission launched to rescue 61 prisoners of war in Son Tây, North Vietnam. The plan was extremely risky, involving an assault on a fortified enemy position, deliberately crash landing a helicopter […]

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  • BY AM2 ANTHONY JACKSON, VFA-115 During our fall patrol in November 2016, I was assigned to the early return crew from USS Ronald Regan (CVN 76). We were sent to catch our 10 F/A-18E Super Hornets as they returned to our homeport at NAF Atsugi, Japan. I was informed by […]

    Trust Without the Verify

    BY AM2 ANTHONY JACKSON, VFA-115 During our fall patrol in November 2016, I was assigned to the early return crew from USS Ronald Regan (CVN 76). We were sent to catch our 10 F/A-18E Super Hornets as they returned to our homeport at NAF Atsugi, Japan. I was informed by […]

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  • BY JOE PERFETTO, NAVSAFECEN This question is being asked more often than not: Where are the safety officers, managers, specialists and collateral duty safety officers? As safety officers, managers, specialists and collateral duty safety officers, do you have direct access to the commanding officer or officer in charge to inform […]

    Where are the Safety Officers?

    BY JOE PERFETTO, NAVSAFECEN This question is being asked more often than not: Where are the safety officers, managers, specialists and collateral duty safety officers? As safety officers, managers, specialists and collateral duty safety officers, do you have direct access to the commanding officer or officer in charge to inform […]

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  • By John C. Williams There are three categories of mishap reports available in the Enterprise Safety Applications Management System: mishap reports, property damage reports and near-miss reports. The mishap and property damage reports are self-explanatory, but the near-miss reports category does need additional explanation. This category has the potential to […]

    NEAR MISS REPORTS: What They Are and What They Do For You

    By John C. Williams There are three categories of mishap reports available in the Enterprise Safety Applications Management System: mishap reports, property damage reports and near-miss reports. The mishap and property damage reports are self-explanatory, but the near-miss reports category does need additional explanation. This category has the potential to […]

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  • By LT Steven Scoville Throughout April 2017, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 was embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) prior to our 2017 deployment. It was the last night of the exercise, so the air wing was doing a pack-out, which started much later […]

    Man Overboard Indicator (MOBI) Malfunctions & Testing

    By LT Steven Scoville Throughout April 2017, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 was embarked on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) prior to our 2017 deployment. It was the last night of the exercise, so the air wing was doing a pack-out, which started much later […]

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