Hover-Pig Posted December 6, 2003 Report Share Posted December 6, 2003 Tactical Helicopter guys do lots of low flying, often in formation and often at night on goggles. In order to operate in that environment they take several classes, flight training and instruction. As for low flying areas, they are kept up to date with regular reconnaissance trips and sometimes photos of hazards. All pilots operate in those areas with marked maps. The entire process is done to map out low fly areas when the units deploy too. Just to go out low flying for the heck of it is nearly always an invitation for an incident or accident. 412Driver keep at it with those young eagles, besides teaching the perils of unnecessary low flying let them know that military low flying is very regimented and documented because it is hazardous. Also remember military low flying in helicopters is always done with two pilots trained in low flying ops so there are two sets of eyes, so if you are going to try it alone.....you are setting yourself up for grief. If we ever have to low fly in a war zone, all that training is what helps us avoid some very deadly traps. Some basics that get engraved in our noddles are: -Anything man made means WIRES, nearly everytime! -Never just look for wires, look for the poles! -Never cross over a wire, always over the pole. -Never assume that your route is free of wires even if you just flew it the day before, always assume someone could have strung something up literally overnight and therefore always keep looking for wires and poles. -If you are going to operate in an area for a job at low level, demand time to fly a recce and mark a "wire and hazards map/diagram". Keep it up to date and always carry with you when you fly for reference and updates. And remember to old saying, you will never be able to beat the lowest flying record, you'll only ever match it and it might cost lives. Fly safe Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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