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April 1, 2006
Calling MD Supply Chain a Shambles, New Owner Vows to Rebuild Whatever Lynn Tilton invested to get control of MD Helicopters--and the sum could be growing by the month--she certainly got more than she bargained for. After she bought MD in July 2005, the head of the New York distressed-debt investment firm Patriarch Partners said she figured the Mesa, Ariz. helicopter maker would start showing signs of a...
April 1, 2006
  Just Like Riding a Bike? Just shy of his solo flight, Simon Roper's helicopter training was derailed by a motorbike accident. After a lengthy recovery, he resumes that training in this, the third installment of his account of the pursuit of a commercial pilot's license (helicopter)--CPL (H). The previous installment appeared in February on page T8--The Editor. "It's just like riding a...
March 1, 2006
The question remains: When will we learn? Two weeks shy of the fourth anniversary of terrorist attacks that had U.S. politicians of every ilk clamoring for greater domestic defense against threats manmade and natural, little more than a year after an emergency-management simulation essentially predicted massive flooding of New Orleans in the wake of a Category 4 hurricane, just eight months after an Indian...
March 1, 2006
Why Use the Autopilot? I'm surprised to have to write this article at all. My flight instructors used to tell me I was definitely a minimum-skill- level kind of guy, and it took me a long time to get the hang of instrument flying. So when the opportunity to use an autopilot to make life easier came along, I was delighted and used it even when VFR. It just made things easier, and the more I used it, the...
February 1, 2006
Student View--Me, Too! I have just read the first installment of Simon Roper's "Student View" chronicles. I was particularly interested because it is almost exactly the same thing that I have done. I graduated with a bachelor of science degree in computer science and electronics and started working immediately for IBM in the United Kingdom. Around 13 years later, in April 2003, I found myself out...
February 1, 2006
Compiled by the R&W Staff Enstrom, Sharkey's Offer "Back-to-Basics" Course Enstrom Helicopter Corp., with Sharkey's Helicopters, Inc., will hold a human-factors class at HAI's Heli-Expo in Dallas this month as a part of its continuing safety enhancement efforts. The "Back-to-Basics, the Human Factor" class is part of a developing program to explore physiological factors and their...
February 1, 2006
Low RPM Rotor Stall By Johan Nurmi It was a warm summer day in late July on the East Coast. A high-time, fixed-wing and helicopter pilot was out on a business trip. He and his friend were two heavyset guys, not really made for the Robinson they were flying. When the low rpm warning horn and light came on at 97 percent, the pilot pulled the collective, pushed the cyclic forward and instantly stalled the...
February 1, 2006
  Smooth Sailing–Until the Crash By Simon Roper Having relocated from London to Becker Helicopters in Queensland, Australia, Simon Roper begins his pursuit of a commercial pilot license (helicopter)--CPL (H). This is the second installment of his account of that pursuit. The first appeared in September 2005 on page T10--The Editor. After introductions and handshakes at Becker's, I headed off to...
February 1, 2006
Lessons learned from the rise and fall of heliports in the United States. In the movie "Field Of Dreams," a mysterious voice tells an Iowa corn farmer, "If you build it, he will come." The farmer plows under part of his crop, builds a baseball field in its place, lights and all, and is considered a lunatic. But one of the strangers this voice brings into his life assures the farmer that...
September 1, 2005
This industry needs a new approach to training--at least as far as insurers are concerned. And they should know. Have you ever watched a figure-skating champion twirl, jump and soar, then land on that slippery surface and wonder how he does that flawlessly and apparently effortlessly? As they say in the old joke about how you get to Carnegie Hall, the answer is practice, practice, practice. Assessing how...
October 1, 2004
Switzerland has some 42 helicopter operators registered, of which only two have more than 10 helicopters in service and only four with ten in service, according to Markus Herzig, a Swiss aircraft statistician. The largest is Air Glaciers with 28 helicopters, of which 21 are currently in operation providing services ranging from air taxi and charter to heli-skiing and sightseeing. Second largest is Rega...
June 1, 2004
Fighting the Domino Effect When one simple thing goes wrong in flight, others that I like to call "the variables" will kick in. This will usually lead to a domino effect in which everything goes wrong and an accident is inevitable. Pilots must be trained to do a couple of things to prevent the domino effect from taking hold. First, we must always have a reserve plan in mind to quickly solve that...
June 1, 2004
Dangerous Training On April 10, 2003 at about 5:30 p.m. in Auburn, Calif., a Hughes 269B helicopter was destroyed when it collided with terrain while on an instructional flight. The cause is believed to have been from practicing autorotations. A witness, located about 3 mi. from the accident site, stated the helicopter was maneuvering over his farm. He stated the engine sounded normal as though it was...
June 1, 2004
Another helicopter flight training school, High Desert Helicopters, opened in Utah last month. The company took delivery of its first Schweizer 300C in May, with a second 300C delivery slated for July. High Desert Helicopters currently has six students, but expects to increase its enrollment substantially in the coming months and years. "The market's good for helicopter training right now. There's a...
April 1, 2004
A primer on helicopter autopilots, with a flight report on SFIM's two-axis VFR system. Most helicopter pilots still can hear a stern instructor's voice searing into their subconscious "DON'T EVER TAKE YOUR HAND OFF THE CYCLIC!" When I first flew a helicopter with an autopilot, I was the same way. Upon engaging the autopilot, I made a large "C" around the cyclic with my fingers, ready to...
April 1, 2004
Retirements of Vietnam-era pilots and growing acceptance of civilian training among employers are creating new job opportunities for helicopter pilots. Things are looking up for flight training in the United States. Flight school operators from California and Colorado to Connecticut and Florida say they are booked with students who are finding it easier both to pay for their training and, if they choose...
April 1, 2004
  It is difficult to overestimate the importance of training to the rotorcraft industry. Aviation in general began to learn the critical value of training way back in the 1920s. Back then, poor judgment, inadequate skills and equipment failures were killing pilots so frequently that the fledgling industry's very survival was at stake. Simply put, there would be no aviation industry until people were...
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