Aircrew flight equipment: Flyer safety is paramount

Maj. Matt Hellier (left), 1st Reconnaissance Squadron student pilot receives an equipment check from Staff Sgt. Matthew Young, 9th Operational Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of aircrew flight equipment Jan. 5, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Aircrew flight equipment is responsible for all of a pilot’s gear such as helmet, oxygen mask, harness and all life-saving devices. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)

Maj. Matt Hellier (left), 1st Reconnaissance Squadron student pilot receives an equipment check from Staff Sgt. Matthew Young, 9th Operational Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of aircrew flight equipment Jan. 5, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Aircrew flight equipment is responsible for all of a pilot’s gear such as helmet, oxygen mask, harness and all life-saving devices. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)

Staff Sgt. Matthew Young, 9th Operational Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of aircrew flight equipment performs an equipment check on a pilot helmet Jan. 5, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Aircrew flight equipment personnel manage the inspection, maintenance and adjustments to the devices assigned to the pilots they support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)

Staff Sgt. Matthew Young, 9th Operational Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of aircrew flight equipment performs an equipment check on a pilot helmet Jan. 5, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Aircrew flight equipment personnel manage the inspection, maintenance and adjustments to the devices assigned to the pilots they support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)

A pilot’s helmet, oxygen mask and anti-g suit are pictured Jan. 5, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. The 9th Operational support Squadron aircrew flight equipment is responsible for all of a pilot’s gear such as helmet, oxygen mask, harness and all life-saving devices. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)

A pilot’s helmet, oxygen mask and anti-g suit are pictured Jan. 5, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. The 9th Operational support Squadron aircrew flight equipment is responsible for all of a pilot’s gear such as helmet, oxygen mask, harness and all life-saving devices. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)

Maj. Matt Hellier (left), 1st Reconnaissance Squadron student pilot receives a parachute fitting from Staff Sgt. Matthew Young, 9th Operational Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of aircrew flight equipment Jan. 5, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Aircrew flight equipment is responsible for all of a pilot’s gear such as helmet, oxygen mask, harness and all life-saving devices. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)

Maj. Matt Hellier (left), 1st Reconnaissance Squadron student pilot receives a parachute fitting from Staff Sgt. Matthew Young, 9th Operational Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of aircrew flight equipment Jan. 5, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Aircrew flight equipment is responsible for all of a pilot’s gear such as helmet, oxygen mask, harness and all life-saving devices. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)

Staff Sgt. Tyler Woodwick, 9th Operational Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment craftsman performs an equipment check on a parachute Jan. 5, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Aircrew flight equipment personnel manage the inspection, maintenance and adjustments to the devices assigned to the pilots they support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)

Staff Sgt. Tyler Woodwick, 9th Operational Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment craftsman performs an equipment check on a parachute Jan. 5, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Aircrew flight equipment personnel manage the inspection, maintenance and adjustments to the devices assigned to the pilots they support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)

Ray Conner, 9th Operational Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment craftsman unpacks a parachute Jan. 5, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Aircrew flight equipment is responsible for all of a pilot’s gear such as helmet, oxygen mask, harness and all life-saving devices. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)

Ray Conner, 9th Operational Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment craftsman unpacks a parachute Jan. 5, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Aircrew flight equipment is responsible for all of a pilot’s gear such as helmet, oxygen mask, harness and all life-saving devices. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)

Ray Conner, 9th Operational Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment craftsman unpacks a parachute Jan. 5, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Aircrew flight equipment is responsible for all of a pilot’s gear such as helmet, oxygen mask, harness and all life-saving devices. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)

Ray Conner, 9th Operational Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment craftsman unpacks a parachute Jan. 5, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Aircrew flight equipment is responsible for all of a pilot’s gear such as helmet, oxygen mask, harness and all life-saving devices. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze)