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How US Army aviation training plans to address the service’s accident rate problem

9th July 2024 - 12:45 GMT | by Scott Gourley


The US Army hopes additional training for both flight and maintenance crews will put a stop to the service’s recent poor accident record. (Photo: Army National Guard)

In response to a troubling increase in aviation accidents, the US Army initiated an 'Army Aviation Safety Stand Up', implementing immediate, targeted training for rotary-wing pilots and maintainers.

In mid-April, the US Army launched an ‘Army Aviation Safety Stand Up’, offering additional training for rotary-wing pilots and maintainers as the service addresses the root causes of a series of recent major accidents.

Announced on April 10 and implemented immediately, the additional training aims to address what a senior service leader described as “a troubling trend in our accident rates” during the first six months of the current fiscal year, which began on October 1.

During a briefing on the additional training, MG Walter Rugen, director – army aviation in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7,

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Scott Gourley


Scott Gourley

Scott Gourley is a US-based writer on defence and security issues. A former US Army …

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