aircraft commander


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aircraft commander

The aircrew member designated by competent authority as being in command of an aircraft and responsible for its safe operation and accomplishment of the assigned mission. Also called AC.
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Today, people ask me, "If you could do it all over again, would you have abandoned the aircraft?" For those who don't know, the order to "abandon the aircraft" is the last resort command an aircraft commander possesses to get the crew off the jet as fast as possible via any means available, i.e., through any hatch, window, opening, tear in the aircraft skin, drop-off, etc.
Air Force as a pilot and captain, C-124 aircraft commander. He worked as an attorney as a trial lawyer, Oregon assistant attorney general and in private practice.
Harry completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan, qualified as an Apache aircraft commander and spearheaded the Invictus Games.
In a statement today Kensington Palace said: "The Prince has had a fulfilling military career and considers it a huge honour to have served his country in the Armed Forces, during which time he has undertaken two operational tours of duty in Afghanistan, qualified as an Apache Aircraft Commander, spearheaded the Invictus Games and - most recently - undertaken an attachment with the Australian Defence Force."
That lapse is addressed in Black 2-1: The True Story of a Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and His Crew, Bob Ford's terse recounting of his tour as an Aircraft Commander of a Huey helicopter during some of the conflict's deadliest encounters.
PRINCE Harry has passed with "flying colours" to qualify as an Apache aircraft commander.
It added that he also failed to advise the aircraft commander accordingly and if necessary to offer specific guidance to avoid hazardous situations.
General Hickey, a pilot and aircraft commander as well as a member of the first U.S.
During flight instruction by either an actual instructor or aircraft commander, the Socratic method has the learner asking questions in addition to displaying ability and skill.
The aircraft commander Major James Woosley instructed the crew members to monitor their movements with a sensor underneath the aircraft that has a forward-looking infrared radar camera inside.
"They have also confirmed the diversion was at the decision of the aircraft commander, as a precaution to maintain an acceptable level of safety for the aircraft and its passengers.
Jaeger was on the 13th flight of his first deployment as an aircraft commander when both of his flight navigation systems failed, leaving the pilot of just over two years unsure of where his current path would take his crew and plane."We were trying to diagnose the problem the entire time, going through our checklists, but nothing we did was solving it," said Captain Jaeger.To make matters worse, all geographic landmarks below were hidden by heavy cloud cover, so the crew couldn't rely on visual references to guide them back to Manas or to an alternate landing site.

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