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September 1, 2006
Among the common piloting mistakes discussed by top flight instructors back in April was a tendency of pilots new and old to fly too fast on approach. That error is but a part of a broader group of missteps and less than ideal techniques centered on the approach to landing. As we have in the last few issues, Rotor & Wing sought out an experienced flight instructor to discuss the issue in more detail...
September 1, 2006
Aerosimulators Pursues U.S. Chances The Belgium-based simulation and training device company Aerosimulators is confident enough that its line of flight and navigation procedures trainers (FNPTs) and flight training devices can garner business in the United States that it has set up a U.S. subsidiary. Aerosimulators US is headed by CEO Mike Coligny, the former CEO of FLYIT Simulators. FLYIT had been working...
September 1, 2006
Frasca Introduces Bell 206 FTD at ALEA Bell's Customer Training Academy at Texas' Alliance Airport will take delivery of the first of Frasca International's new Mentor-H flight training devices, which Frasca debuted at the Airborne Law Enforcement Assn.'s convention in New Orleans in July. The device, which is designed to be easily dismantled for transport to an operator's base, replicates the Jet...
September 1, 2006
Having overcome severe injuries from a non-flying accident, Simon Roper nears the end of his pursuit of a commercial pilot’s license (helicopter)–CPL(H). The previous installment of his story appears in April on page T9.—The Editor. In 2004, I moved to Australia to fulfilL a life-long ambition to fly helicopters. As I was going for a commercial license, the good news was...
August 1, 2006
Floating around this year's Airborne Law Enforcement Assn.'s Northeast Regional Safety Conference (and every ALEA conference, for that matter) were tales of aviation unit commanders and administrators who are, well, less than effective. Most of my fellow flyers say that their upper management consists of very nice people, but that they don't know anything about aviation management. Based on what I have...
July 1, 2006
In addition to keeping in close formation 10,000 parts that want to fly apart, law enforcement helicopter crews must be braced to deal with the antics of the bad guys, from gunshots and lasers to hand-flung rocks and fireworks. Here's how one agency meets that challenge. In the aviation unit of a major metropolitan police force such as that of New York City, the work can be nonstop. From regular patrols...
June 1, 2006
The Real Test With aviating, navigating and communicating going well, it was time to ensure that in the event of an emergency the student and his passengers all walked away from the helicopter. Having overcome severe injuries from a non-flying accident, Simon Roper nears the end of his pursuit of a commercial pilot's license (helicopter)--CPL (H). The previous installment of his story appears in April on...
May 1, 2006
Manufacturers of enhanced vision systems take on night-vision goggles, and each other. Flight safety issues in the emergency medical services (EMS) community are spawning a heated battle between two complementary technologies, enhanced vision systems (EVS) and night-vision goggles (NVGs), as many operators move to equip their fleets with one or the other. The targets of the competition are the operators of...
April 1, 2006
Flight instructors offer insight on the most common mistakes that hold back flying careers. We each have our own way of learning skills and techniques like those required to fly. It's fairly certain that learning to fly a helicopter will expose the best and the worst of these idiosyncrasies. Aside from each of our individual flaws, pilots share common shortcomings that may be most apparent when an...
April 1, 2006
In their new seminar for helicopter pilots, "Back to Basics, the Human Factors," Roger Sharkey and Bayard duPont start off recounting the old saw of safety: Nobody wakes up in the morning saying, "I think I'll have an accident today." And, yet, that is just what the unfortunate, the undisciplined and the careless among us do consistently. So consistently, in fact, that the helicopter...
April 1, 2006
On March 3, 2000, a McDonnell Douglas HU-600N (operating as Sky 6) crashed in a residential area while maneuvering near Miami. A post-crash fire destroyed the helicopter. The airline transport pilot and news cameraman were fatally injured. According to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, friends of the pilot who were flying in another helicopter talked to him on an air-to-air frequency. They got...
February 1, 2006
Armed with a slew of accident analyses, the oil and gas industry is prodding operators and manufacturers to make helicopter operations as safe as airline travel. Here's why. The International Helicopter Safety Symposium last September in Montreal launched a collaborative effort to reduce the helicopter accident rate. More than 260 international representatives of helicopter manufacturers, military and...
November 1, 2005
In corporate helicopter training, operators want quality courses that focus on their specific mission and airspace requirements. KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED: IT'S A BUSINESS MANtra, and one that the corporate helicopter training sector seems to be taking to heart. In a bid to woo students and operators alike, manufacturers like AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter Textron and Eurocopter and training vendors...
November 1, 2005
As operators seek better, more detailed training, manufacturers are aiming to field cost-effective tools to help them do that. IF MONEY WERE NO ISSUE IN HELICOPTER TRAINING, student pilots would be thoroughly trained in full-motion simulators. They would be run through every possible flight scenario before being sent off to a real aircraft. But money is an issue, a big one. With top-end full-motion...
November 1, 2005
Accidents (and a persistent accident rate) are prodding device makers and flight trainings to develop tools and courses to boost decision-making, mission skills. TALK ABOUT BEING PREPARED. THE STORY GOES THAT when a shoulder-launched missile scored a direct hit on the engine of a C-17 Globemaster taking off out of Baghdad on Dec. 10, 2003, the pilot handled the situation just as he'd done in training...
November 1, 2005
New visual and actuator systems are blurring the line between up there and down here while keeping costs down to earth. AL PALMER, DIRECTOR OF FLIGHT operations for the University of North Dakota, is so impressed with his new Frasca 342 flight training device (FTD) that he's requesting a big concession from the FAA--a quantum increase in the amount of time that the device can be used toward a helicopter...
September 1, 2005
Eurocopter Offers Training On Night Urban Flying The American Eurocopter Training Center is offering a course on Night Urban Flying and Emergencies. The new course is part of the center's night-vision goggle (NVG) initial and recurrent training package, for which it received FAA Part 141 certification on June 3. Del Livingston, American Eurocopter's vice president of flight operations and trainingto...
September 1, 2005
FLYIT Gains FNPT2 Certification FLYIT Simulators and its European partner, Aerosimulators BVBA, plan to unveil their newly certificated Flight Navigation and Procedures Training at this month's Helitech 2005. They say the device is the first certificated to FNPT2 standards. The partners worked for more than two years with Staverton, England-based Police Aviation Services, which will operate the device, and...
September 1, 2005
Handling Autorotations One of Rotor & Wing's recent Tech Talk columns by Shawn Coyle ("The Reality of Turbine Autorotations," April 2005, page 62) was on the mark with its opening sentence: "We all should be practiced enough to know how to recognize and deal with" an actual engine failure. However, we take exception to the article's statement that practice autorotations are...
August 1, 2005
By Stephen Degraef Photos by Edwin Borremans MANITOBA, CANADA'S CENTRAL PROVINCE, HAS OFFERED since the early 1940s almost unrivaled training facilities (and memories) to countless generations of young pilots and seasoned instructors. Although present Manitoban flying training centers are a far cry from the World War Two-era "pilot factories," the province's vast flight training areas are still...
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