The Coast Guard Needs Designated Instructor Pilots
By Lieutenant Brian Boland, U.S. Coast Guard
From 2008 through 2012, Coast Guard aviation experienced an unusually high number of Class-A mishaps, resulting in the loss of not only aircraft, but also the lives of 18 aviators and air crew. This has shaken the community to its core. Perhaps most alarming is the lack of a single causative factor attributed to this unprecedented series of mishaps. The service has thoroughly investigated each incident, and the aviation community immediately responded, but additional steps are warranted to ensure that Coast Guard aviators and air crew can safely and effectively execute their challenging, diverse missions.