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Hoisting Expectations

A Coast Guard flight mechanic, among many other navigational and mechanical responsibilities, is the person who operates the helicopter hoist. The hoist controls the cable that lowers equipment and people to and from a helicopter. The flight mechanic controls the hoist while simultaneously relaying commands to the helicopter pilot who is not able to see what is directly below the aircraft.


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Coast Guard on the small screen: New series & a season premiere

Tonight “Coast Guard Alaska” is back and there is no shortage of action in our nation’s Last Frontier. The third season will include a daring mission to save 18 souls on an oilrig, the rescue of a hunter trapped in the mountains and features Capt. Melissa Rivera, the first female commanding officer of Air Station Kodiak.