US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Quonset Point, RI

Blackhawk Aircraft Checkout and Safety Training


On 21 March 2003, NCBC Sea Cadets celebrated the first full day of spring by strapping themselves into the US Army's UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. The occasion was a Sea Cadet training exercise hosted by A Company, 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, Rhode Island Army National Guard, located at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Quonset Point. While the weather was uncooperative for getting airborne (pea-soup fog, no visibility with zero ceiling, and a light rain), the Cadets prepared for a future flight date with sessions on aircraft systems, safety and emergency procedures, basic navigation skills, and the all-so-important "sea stories" that every senior military person injects into any training session.

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Safe egress/ingress procedures.
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External hardware and fitments.
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Engines and exhaust wash.
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A harness will fit any Cadet.
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Clips, Clasps, and Hangars.
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Door release procedures.
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Mission grip collective controls.
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Finer points of yaw, pitch, cyclic control.
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Time to strap in.
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Full harness (almost) secured.
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Without a helmet, there's headroom.
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Altitude, not attitude - a key to success.
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To clinch it, cinch it.
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Time to beat - 22 seconds.
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Find the NCBC OPS Officer.
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Sometimes you need that extra hand.
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It's back there somewhere.
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It helps to cinch the chest straps last.
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What dreams are made of...
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Rollup and final points.
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Which Cadet most loves helicopters?
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Yep. That one.
UH-60 Helicopter




 
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