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February 1, 2005
The 57th annual gathering of the Helicopter Assn. International this month promises a fast-paced, productive week of workshops, receptions, symposiums, technical briefings, and formal and informal trade meetings. The association returns to its birthplace of California, with more than 15,000 members, exhibitors and attendees coming together at the convention center in Anaheim, the Southern California city...
February 1, 2005
For the first time, those training at NAS Patuxent River to be flight test pilots are doing so under the command of a U.S. Army aviator. Lt. Col. Steven W. Kihara succeeded Navy Cmdr. Paul A. Sohl as commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Jan. 13 in Hangar 110 at Pax River. The school has long provided...
February 1, 2005
Bell Helicopter's Customer Training Academy began classes Jan. 10 at its new facilities at Alliance Airport, Fort Worth, Texas. The academy has been training pilots for 57 years, since Bell began training in its Model 47 aircraft in 1947. In that time, according to Bell, the academy has trained more than 90,000 students, both pilots and mechanics, from more than 100 nations. The company said it also has...
January 1, 2005
Totally Avoidable Mishaps It was late afternoon in the middle of August. The sun had started to descend behind the mountains to the west. The instructor pilot made the final preparations to solo a student at the non-tower-controlled airport in Southern California. The student had had 27 hr. of flight instruction, and the CFI felt that the student was ready for solo flight. He had trained him thoroughly and...
December 1, 2004
January January is our second-annual, Annual Reports issue, featuring detailed company profiles. In this issue, we provide a writer and the space for our advertisers to communicate to our readers about what is new or interesting within their company. James Careless has been surveying these companies extensively over the past weeks to prepare this unique special report, which will be bound into the center...
November 1, 2004
Focus on EMS EMS: Confronting Safety Challenges Perfecting Autorotations News from the Field and the Factories NEWS BRIEFS CAE SimuFlite Eyes Northeast Site CAE SimuFlite plans to open a new training center in New Jersey to serve the large market of business-aviation operators in the Northeast United States. The company is negotiating with officials over three possible sites for the center-Newark...
August 1, 2004
Considering a Stuck Collective Helicopter training includes emergency procedures that, at the recommendation of the manufacturer (or sometimes the flight school), are either practiced with student pilot or at least briefed to him or her. As a manufacturer writes the pilot's operating manual or a flight school drafts its curriculum, choices must be made. Which emergency procedures will be briefed and...
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
FlightSafety International is beginning to install the second generation of flight-visualization debriefing software in its fleet of more than 200 simulators worldwide. The training services company bought the debriefing program FlightViz from Boulder, Colorado-based SimAuthor in late 2001 for use with its simulators. The program, a display of which is shown here for the AH-64D Apache, presents data from a...
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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