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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 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...
January 7, 2009
To learn about a Robinson helicopter, one must read its pilot’s operating handbook. To learn about the people who fly them and put them to use, one should read the newly released book entitled Robbie: The Robinson...
January 7, 2009
Ellington, Conn.-based Northeast Helicopters has opened a satellite school at Lone Star Executive Airport (CXO) near Conroe, Texas. Northeast Helicopters, which bills...
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...
January 1, 2009
FlightSafety, the world’s foremost aviation training company, greatly expands its rotorcraft training capacity with its newest Learning Center at Lafayette, Louisiana. The new center devotes its efforts exclusively to helicopter safety, providing a broad range of mission-specific training for offshore operations, EMS, law enforcement, newsgathering and more. "This state-of-the-art facility...
December 19, 2008
American Eurocopter now has its first full-motion, full-visual simulator on duty for its popular EC135/145 model helicopters. "This is a tremendous milestone for our training department,” said...
December 9, 2008
Bristow Helicopters, an affiliate of Bristow Group Inc., has purchased Severn Aviation, a provider of multi-engine instrument flight training at Gloucestershire Airport (EGBJ) in Cheltenham, 90 mi. west of...
December 8, 2008
Five Bell 206B Jet Rangers have arrived in Kirkuk, courtesy of the U.S., to serve as instrument trainers for the...
December 1, 2008
Aircraft Sales Brokers Austin Jet International 6501 Torrey Pines Austin, TX 78746 E-mail: helisales@austinjet.com Web: www.austinjet.com Phone: 512-292-7088 Fax: 512-233-2726 Heli-Lynx 684 Mud Street East, Hangar #1 Stoney Creek, ON, Canada L8J 3C9 E-mail: info@helilynx.com Web: www.helilynx.com Phone: 905-643-7334 Fax: 905-643-7223 Buyer’s Agents Austin Jet International 6501 Torrey Pines Austin...
December 1, 2008
A AAR Corp., 1100 North Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale, IL 60191; E-mail: paul.oppenheim@aarcorp.com; Web: www.aarcorp.com; Phone: 630-227-2000; Fax: 630-227-2039 Acadian Composites LLC, 301 W. Pont Des Mouton Road, Lafayette, LA 70507; E-mail: acsales@phihelico.com; Web: www.phihelico.com; Phone: 337-237-6070; Fax: 337-237-6560 Ace Technical Plastics, P.O. Box 4519, Hartford, CT 06117: E-mail...
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...
October 22, 2008
Flight Safety International has partnered with flight simulator manufacturer Frasca to place light turbine simulators in many of FSI’s training centers...
September 1, 2008
Pilot Responsibility — Where Has it Gone? Where is the FAA? That’s the question we all ask following an aircraft mishap. But the question that really should be asked is, where is pilot responsibility in general aviation these days? We all rely on the FAA to answer all of our safety and policy questions and to solve the problems that plague the general aviation industry. What do we want FAA...
August 6, 2008
A grandfather and grandson were injured yesterday when their amateur-built, single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft crashed in a field soon after takeoff from Erie Airpark in Erie, Colo. Gui Cipriani, a certified pilot was training Jake Harmon when the pair saw the crash. “The winds were perfect for autorotation landing, I...
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