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 All Hands sends out a bravo zulu to the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Fir. Taking on all comers at the 13th U.S. Coast Guard District’s annual Cutterman Olympics, the crew of Fir lived up to their namesake’s motto “No Bar Too Rough, Too Tough, Too Far” as they swept the competition in a series of events demonstrating teamwork and resilience.