What do you do next?
Skip has been sharing his story with aircrew for the last 2 decades to drive home the message of the importance of wearing the right gear and being prepared because you never know if your next flight could be one that puts you in a life threatening situation.
In Skip was the rear seater of an AHA Apache that had just landed at a field hot refuel point.
As they started to take on fuel, a fault in the hose pressure nozzle caused fuel to spray up into the rotors, splash against the cabin and into the inlet of the right hand engine. The accompanying vaporisation of the fuel along with the hot engine exhaust immediately caused a fireball to engulf the aircraft and continue to burn.
Skip and his co-pilot had to exit the aircraft through the flames or be cooked inside. Skip covers the incident and the steps involved in the escape in the interview.
His story provides a big wake up call for all aircrew to revisit the clothing and equipment you fly with and have on your person. In a situation like this there was no time to reach for or put on other equipment. It also emphasises regular evacuation rehearsal as both Skip and his co-pilot in the rush to exit and confusion failed to properly release their shoulder straps, wasting precious seconds. Skip recommends Massif and DriFire as places to start looking at these.
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When they burn they turn to liquid and can melt into the skin. The only way to remove the material then is to cut the skin off. This product will melt when exposed to extreme heat or open flames, posing a risk of serious injury where melted product comes into contact with skin! For those in white shirts and gold bars charter situations there is nothing readily available. From a quick internet search you will have to look like a roadside construction worker or rambo.ipdwew0030atl2.public.registeredsite.com/73870-cellphone-location.php
Apache Fire (Zebra Lovegram)
The AHE variant was designated the Guardian and features an upgraded Longbow fire control radar, more powerful engines, and advanced avionics and night-vision capabilities. Army and other defense forces since the s.
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