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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
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
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
During his keynote speech June 8 at Rotor & Wing’s 2010 Safety and Training Summit in Denver, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt called for helicopter operators to continue striving for perfection while praising the efforts of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). He also advocated enhanced training and safety management practices, improved pilot decision-making, more access to helicopter...
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...
July 1, 2010
From left to right, Jerry Allen of Baines SImmons, Bristow’s Tim Rolfe, Immanuel Barshi from NASA and Chris Baur, Rotor & Wing columnist. Photo by Andrew D. Parker A panel of speakers at the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety & Training Summit on June 8 reiterated the importance of an “active safety culture” within an organization and argued that everything in aviation boils down to...
July 1, 2010
On June 8 and 9 we held our second Rotor & Wing Safety & Training Summit in Denver, Colo. I want to take a moment to say thank you to all of our speakers, moderators, panelists, sponsors and attendees. Sponsors included Eurocopter, CAE, Televent, Aero Dynamix, Winslow LifeRaft, AeroSimulators, ITT, HotSeat Chassis, Sikorsky and Frasca. The event want very well and we look forward to doing it again...
July 1, 2010
IHST’s Positive Efforts The International Helicopter Safety Team’s efforts to bring out the causes of helicopter accidents and offer recommendations on how to make them rare is a good one (see Rotor & Wing, November 2009). I am in agreement with the idea that improving the capabilities of the pilot will make the difference between safety and disaster. Operators should not shy away from...
June 1, 2010
Get Paid Faster with Appareo’s Fleet Management Device The Appareo FMD gives operators a mobile device to automate data collection, speed billing and reduce accounts receivable days. Designed to fit any type of operation, it captures accurate flight information to cut down on paperwork, minimize customer disputes and simplify data collection. The FMD reduces flight crew workloads with tools such as...
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
A new organization is striving to boost helicopter safety through best practices and helicopter flight data monitoring (HFDM). The Global HFDM Steering Group—formed after March’s CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Vancouver—is made up of more...
June 1, 2010
Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation has handed over an emergency medical services (EMS)-configured Eurocopter EC145 to Cleveland Metro Life Flight. The helicopter...
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
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
The European Defence Agency (EDA) is about to begin assessing submissions made by organizations wishing to manage a two-year Interim Synthetic helicopter Tactics course. The overall contract will be worth €3-4 million (approximately $4.1 to 5.4 million) with the location to be determined at single fixed venue within a contributing member state. Proposals were to have been received by March 31, 2010...
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