Helicopter Training Squadron Eighteen Flies 1,000,000 Hours
Without Class "A" Mishap
Maj. Keith Kincannon and 1st. Lt. Justin Howe made Naval
Aviation history last Thursday as they shut down their helicopter
after a training flight. They had flown the squadron's
1,000,000th Class "A" Mishap free flight hour.
"I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of this awesome
milestone. It's a testament to the professionalism of all the
instructors at HT-18 both past and present," said Kincannon.
Helicopter Training Squadron Eighteen (HT-18) flies over 36,000
flight hours per year, while training approximately 300 new pilots
in the Bell Jet Ranger TH-57. They train Navy, Marine Corps, and
Coast Guard pilots. It's taken 27 years for the squadron to achieve
"Since the squadron was commissioned in 1972, and through the
efforts of hundreds of simulator and instructor pilots and
thousands of students, we were able to achieve this aviation
milestone," stated Lt.Col. Ron Colyer, Commanding Officer. "I feel
very fortunate to be here when it happened."
A cake cutting ceremony was held in the HT-18 Instructor ready
room to recognize and thank those responsible. A Marine Corps news
release stated that this achievement would have been impossible
without the help of the support personnel from L3 Communications,
Transtecs, Bell Helicopter, NAS Whiting Field ATC, and Pensacola
Regional Airport ATC.
"I enjoy being part of the TH-57 program. We strive to give both
squadrons, HT-18 and HT-8, the safest aircraft we can everyday,"
said David Carrington, TH-57 Maintenance Manager. "Lt. Cmdr. Chris
Amador, HT-18's Safety Officer added, "A good safety program is
vital to preserve resources and support mission