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August 1, 2010
Left to right, Steve “Elroy” Colby, Matt Murphey, BJ Raysor and Dennis Small. Photo by Andrew D. Parker With the latest innovations in technology reaching the cockpits of various military and public service helicopters, new challenges have surfaced for operators regarding pilot training and accident prevention. Rotor & Wing Columnist Steve Colby, defense contractor and retired U.S. Air...
August 1, 2010
Left to right Scott Tish, Randy Sharp, Fred Brisbois and Mark Mestre. Photo by Andrew D. Parker Speakers at “IFR for the VFR Pilot” during the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety and Training Summit hammered home that helicopter operators should emphasize prevention in training pilots to avoid inadvertent instrument meteorological conditions (IIMC). But when VFR pilots suddenly find themselves in the...
August 1, 2010
Left to right, Ernest Anderson, Dennis Pierce, Christian Gadbois, Cass Howell and Gordon Jiroux. Photo by Andrew D. Parker A group of five experts from various sectors of the training industry examined proven techniques and best practices to train new helicopter pilots and instructors during a panel at the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety and Training Summit. Christian Gadbois, owner of Bakersfield...
August 1, 2010
HotSeat Heli-Sim Awarded at Summit Clark Intl Aviation Management’s Jeff Clark received a HotSeat Chassis Pilot Pro Heli-Sim at the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety and Training Summit. HotSeat CEO Jay LeBoff and Rotor & Wing Publisher Randy Jones presented the winning name—which was selected from a random drawing of summit attendees—at the conclusion of the event. A video of the...
August 1, 2010
Quotes from Wednesday, June 9 Keynote speech from Randy Babbitt, FAA Administrator: On Safety: “Finding ways to improve pilot decision-making, better training, better access to helicopter simulators, adopting safety management practices and improving maintenance practice—all of these things put together add up to a safer operating environment.” “The safety record of this industry is...
August 1, 2010
Quotes from Tuesday, June 8 Ernie Stephens, Rotor & Wing Editor-at-Large: “Rule number one: If you leave with a helicopter, bring a helicopter back.” “Until about a year ago, I was absolutely 100 percent against night vision goggles for single-pilot operation. I thought it was crazy, I thought it was suicidal and I would never do it. It was based on my experience back when I was a...
July 1, 2010
All airborne law enforcement agencies operate towards ensuring public safety and compliance with laws through the use of specialized aircraft and crew. To fully realize the advantage of this service, it is imperative that it be done safely and efficiently. No doubt that the first time an aircraft was used for law enforcement ideas were explored, lessons were learned and practices began to develop...
July 1, 2010
From left to right, Air Life Georgia Safety Director Matt Wallace, Air Methods Corporate Safety Manager Michael Koenes, Squadron Inc. Co-founder Dan Deutermann and Consultant Keith Cianfrani. Photo by Andrew D. Parker Keith Cianfrani moderated a panel at Rotor & Wing’s 2010 Safety and Training Summit in Denver that featured The Squadron Inc. co-founder Dan Deutermann, Air Methods corporate safety...
July 1, 2010
A trio of magazine contributors led a panel discussion, “Adding to Your Fleet,” during the 2010 Safety & Training Summit in Denver. Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens and columnist Lee Benson spoke along with HeliValue$ President Sharon Desfor. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Todd Vorenkamp—also a contributor—moderated the panel. “As it’s time to acquire new aircraft, you have to...
July 1, 2010
The first portion of this month’s Rotorcraft Report is dedicated to articles, photos and links to website-hosted videos from the 2010 Rotor & Wing Safety and...
June 1, 2010
Ernie Stephens in the HotSeat R&W Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens approaches downtown Manhattan in a simulated Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin using the HotSeat Heli Sim. HotSeat Chassis recently sent a demo unit for its new low-cost helicopter trainer—Heli Sim—to Rotor & Wing’s offices in Rockville, Md. Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens, who formerly served as a police sergeant and chief...
June 1, 2010
In the course of conducting safe and efficient operations with helicopters, probably even more critically than with fixed wing aircraft, there is a time and season for all things. There’s a time for VFR flying and a time for IFR operations, and there very definitely is a time for keeping the aircraft in the hangar. There’s a time for being aggressive, and a time for proceeding slowly, with...
June 1, 2010
Mindful of the Safety & Training Summit at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center in Denver June 8–9, Rotor & Wing talked to operators about the challenges for helicopter pilots flying in Colorado and the training facilities available in the state. Commercial operators discussed special training for pilots to handle mountain conditions, and local flight schools reflected on the best training methods...
June 1, 2010
Commercial airplane pilots have it easy. They take off from a paved runway. They fly along prescribed airways (under the watchful eye of ATC). They land on a paved runway. Those airplane pilots who never land off-airport are in the vast minority. It’s just the opposite for a commercial helicopter pilot—especially those who fly EMS, ENG, heli-logging, heli-skiing, SAR—pretty much...
June 1, 2010
Simulation and training have come a long way in the helicopter world. As the virtual experience becomes more lifelike, operators are recognizing the value of sim time as a complement to in-aircraft training. That wasn’t always so. Historically, the fixed-wing segment has driven the simulator market, and these aircraft don’t require the same level of visual resolution as their rotary-wing...
May 1, 2010
FAA has granted Level 7 qualification for Frasca International’s Bell 206B flight training device (FTD)...
April 1, 2010
Inadvertent IMC I feel I have to respond to your editorial in the February 2010 issue of Rotor & Wing magazine. You admit to having difficulty understanding how inadvertent IMC is such an issue in helicopters, so perhaps you’re not the only one. Let’s examine what we really mean by IIMC. You’re probably used to operating from prepared airfields. You’re probably used to operating...
April 1, 2010
Enstrom Sells Trainers to Japan, Thailand Maj. Gen. Pittaya Krachangwong and a group of Thai Army pilots evaluated the Enstrom 480B during an October 2009 visit to the manufacturer’s plant in Menominee, Mich. Enstrom Helicopter Corp. Two national defense forces have chosen the Enstrom Helicopter 480B to train pilots. The Japanese Ground Self Defense Force has ordered a total of 30 Enstrom 480Bs, with...
March 1, 2010
Capitalism at its Worst I have just read your Rotor & Wing article, “Stay Proficient” in the Editor’s Notebook section of the February 2010 issue, page 4. Thank you for writing it. I have been flying helicopters, both military and commercial, for the better part of 35 years and I’m astonished at how little IFR proficiency exists in the helicopter industry. The reasons for this...
March 1, 2010
AeroSimulators has won a contract to provide three helicopter flight training devices (FTDs) for Air Methods of...
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