MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. --
Dust and grass filled the air from the high-speed winds caused by a CH-53E Super Stallion’s rotors with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, while landing on a targeted site aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Oct. 24.
The HMH-462 Heavy Haulers practiced section and single ship confined area landing exercises to stay proficient. These exercises simulate landing in one of many scenarios overseas.
“Basically you’re landing in a confined area where there may be dangers on either side, and you have to land on the right spot,” said Lance Cpl. Kyle Sercombe, a crew chief with HMH-462 and a Hanover, Mich., native.
This training prevents landing in a wrong area or possible rollover and is conducted frequently throughout the month.
“It’s important to stay up to date with your training, to stay current and proficient,” said Capt. Meg Bustin, the tool room officer in charge with HMH-462 and a West Des Moines, Iowa, native. “If you haven’t flown in a while, you could be kind of rusty. It becomes less safe the longer you go without flying.”
When flying next to another aircraft and close proximity to the ground, Marines need to stay focused and pay attention to what is going on. Pilots and the crew practice to ensure all safety standards are maintained and reinforced, explained Bustin.
After the dust settled, HMH-462 returned to MCAS Miramar making their final landing for the day and retained the knowledge from the training exercise.