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August 1, 2009
Love it or Move Concerning a recent article on your website, "High Fliers in Hamptons Irk Ground-Bound," that states "East Hampton Airport’s complaint hotline registers about 100 calls each summer Friday and Sunday, about 95 of them complaining of helicopters," I say, "Let them eat cake." We should empathize with residents of the Hamptons? What we need is an...
August 1, 2009
TRAINING Seven well-qualified students have won apprenticeship positions with Bristow Helicopters, from a field of nearly 120 competitors. Varying in age between 17 and 21, the seven young men are currently studying at Air Service Training, Perth. They are all beginning the second stage of their apprenticeship programs, and are working toward their Category A3 Licenses. If...
July 1, 2009
Flying without using the natural horizon is...well...unnatural. It seems pretty simple to the average helicopter pilot. But hauling a load under a helicopter isn’t something that can be done the first time using basic flying skills. It takes knowledge of and proficiency in vertical reference flying. That skill must be mastered first. Andre Hutchings is the director of operations at Los Angles...
June 1, 2009
Managing production — especially developing and delivering aircraft and services on time and at promised prices — is something everyone in aviation knows the industry needs to get a lot better at, and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is approaching that challenge in a novel way. Even before a virtual epidemic of cost and schedule overruns led Congress to start considering major defense reforms, and even...
June 1, 2009
TRAINING | SAFETY Denver, Colo., known as the Mile High City, was an appropriate setting for Rotor & Wing’s first annual Safety & Training Summit. The interactive seminar, which was held April 27 and 28 at the Hyatt Tech Center hotel, drew a wide variety of aviators, operations managers and administrators from every aspect of the helicopter community. Attendees had an opportunity to hear and...
May 1, 2009
BDUs vs. Blue Jeans I said I was going to stay away from this subject, but darned if it doesn’t keep coming up. So, since this issue of Rotor & Wing will be handed out the annual Army Aviation Association of America conference (aka Quad-A), I’m going to address the age-old contention that military-trained pilots are usually, if not always, better then civilian-trained pilots. This way, our...
March 10, 2009
Arizona is looking forward in an effort to reduce the shortage of helicopter pilots, mechanics and engineers, by hosting a Helicopter Day career fair this week...
March 6, 2009
Amarillo College, in Texas, has collaborated with Bell Helicopter for almost 10 years. Now, with Bell's new 137,000-square-foot hanger expansion in the works in Amarillo, the aerospace manufacturing college students have a...
March 1, 2009
Civilian Training vs. Military Training I’m frequently asked what the best way is to earn a helicopter pilot’s license, considering how much it costs to go to a flight school. They don’t have to go into much more detail than that, because I’ve been watching the cost of helicopter rentals rise ever since the mid-1980s when I thought $89 per hour for an R22 was outrageous. Guess what...
March 1, 2009
Human factors is the science of understanding the relationships of people, machines and technology. It recognizes the possibility of human error, and allows us the opportunity to identify this threat and resolve it before it becomes an incident or an accident. I recall my first cockpit resource management (CRM) course as a HH65A U.S. Coast Guard Dolphin pilot during the 1980s. The airlines had discovered...
March 1, 2009
Tips For the Flight Instructor They’ve known since childhood that being a helicopter pilot was the only thing they ever wanted to do. Dreams of landing on a deserted highway to assist in medical transport, a search and rescue assignment over snow-capped mountains, or lowering a basket to a stranded boater are just the beginning of the missions they want to fly. As flight instructors, it’s our...
March 1, 2009
Insiders talk about the sweet idea that suddenly went sour. It’s been a little more than a year since Silver State Helicopters (SSH) abruptly shut its doors on Feb. 3, 2008 and went out of business. That day also marked the last time that approx. 2,000 of its flight academy students saw any hope of getting the training they had paid nearly $70,000 for in advance. The perceived – and very...
March 1, 2009
It’s in the Cards The wheels no more than hit the pavement and the usual frenzy breaks loose as 80% of the passengers on the plane scramble to get their cell phones out and turned on. As I look around I can’t help but wonder what in the world we ever did before cell phones. Eventually I follow suit, break mine out, turn it on and call my point of contact for an update. Two hours and a short cab...
February 1, 2009
March 2009: Silver State Helicopters - It’s been a year since the sudden demise of what was advertised as the largest non-military flight training academy in the world. How has the fallout affected those who were associated with it? Training: Soup to Nuts - We’ll look at what it takes to earn a rotorcraft pilot’s...
January 1, 2009
Aircrew Coordination Aircrew coordination, cockpit resource management, cockpit coordination, cockpit communication management...these terms refer to the same basic principles of ensuring the sum of the members of an aircraft crew is greater than the individuals themselves. Computer-based training programs are great tools to enhance aircrew coordination training. We don’t know how many accidents...
December 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | TRAINING On October 28, the company’s eighth anniversary, Los Angeles Helicopters (LAH) moved from its two small buildings at Long Beach Airport (LGB) to a larger, 12,000-sq-ft facility on the other side of the airport. LAH provides helicopter pilot instruction at its FAA-accredited flight training school. The company also operates helicopter...
December 1, 2008
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December 1, 2008
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November 21, 2008
Utah Helicopter and the city of Pocatello, Idaho signed a lease for a new facility at the Pocatello Regional...
November 1, 2008
Background Checks When hiring a pilot, flight evaluations and background checks should be standard procedure, but in today’s pilot-shortage market, some operators might just be happy to find a pilot willing to work for what they are paying. The following account looks at a pilot’s background from training through employment. According to the FAA, this pilot obtained a student pilot certificate...
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