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February 1, 2011
Controlled flight into terrain, (CFIT) is the number one cause of fatal helicopter accidents. The overwhelming majority of these CFIT accidents occur during inadvertent instrument meteorological conditions (IIMC). The U.S. military, FAA and various other agencies have all tried to eliminate or at least mitigate this hazard to helicopter crews but haven’t had rousing success. IIMC is a pilot-induced...
November 1, 2010
There are many new and rotary wing pilots emerging into the aviation community who are looking for that perfect flying job. The current training and experience level of many of these rotary wing pilots, especially flight instructors, could be much better. What kind of experience do our flight instructors have prior to taking on this huge responsibility? Are we really producing well-rounded pilots and...
October 28, 2010
UIC Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters has inked a cooperation agreement with the Russian Center for Scientific and Technical Services Dinamika to develop and produce...
October 1, 2010
A recent multi-agency disaster exercise, a simulated earthquake in Liverpool in the United Kingdom, has also acted as an opportunity to confirm a newly formed concept called the Combined Silver Air Cell (CSAC). The recently held Exercise Orion proved the concept and CSAC training and Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) are now being added to national standard operating procedures and will be taught...
October 1, 2010
I fear that hover checks are becoming a lost art, and science should strenuously object. There’s no question that we’ve all experienced watching helicopter takeoffs which feature the pilot quickly getting through checklists and bringing the rotor to flight speed, followed immediately by an armpit full of abruptly pulled collective, driving the aircraft to a bounding or zooming departure usually...
September 30, 2010
A free podcast from Rotor & Wing and Aviation Today is now available online. “Aerospace Registrations and Standards: A Ticket to the Game” features speakers from...
September 24, 2010
Penn State’s Aerospace Engineering Department has bestowed its Barnes W. McCormick Honorary Lecturer award on Bell...
September 1, 2010
More than 5,000 words of direct quotations from the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety and Training Summit...
September 1, 2010
FAA has approved Bristow Academy’s Part 141 night vision goggle (NVG) training program. Training will begin at...
August 9, 2010
Two new video clips—featuring Cass Howell, dean of aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Jerry Allen...
August 5, 2010
More than 5,000 words of direct quotations from the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety and Training Summit are now available through a web-only...
August 5, 2010
Speakers at “IFR for the VFR Pilot” during the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety and Training Summit hammered home that helicopter...
August 3, 2010
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...
August 2, 2010
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...
August 1, 2010
When I began taking lessons, I was assigned to fly with a part-time instructor who worked a full-time day job and gave lessons on the weekend. He was a good instructor but sometimes, the fates worked against us. The weather would cause us to cancel a flight, his vacation or work schedule would delay another, my high school extracurricular schedule got in the way. I was motivated and wanted to have a career...
August 1, 2010
A new online feature at rotorandwing.com is home to several new video clips from the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety and Training Summit. In addition to highlights from FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt’s keynote speech from the event, Rotor &...
August 1, 2010
Since my last column, I have had the privilege of attending three very unique conferences. The first was the Army Aviation Association of America’s annual showcase in Fort Worth, Texas. Seeing and listening to the professional flight and support crews that make up Army Aviation today made me come home and polish my Army Flight Wings. God bless every one of you and your families. The next conference...
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...
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