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June 1, 2005
Understanding how the speed and direction of the wind can change with the shape of the land is a critical first step to flying safely in the mountains. Turbulence, backlash, mountain illusions, high-density altitude, down-flow--all terms that lead to anxiety and fear. Fear leads to tension, which diminishes both rational decision-making and smooth, accurate pilot control. Not the ideal image of a mountain...
May 1, 2005
Promising Times A promising year lies ahead for the helicopter training community. In both the offshore and aeromedical services sectors in the United States, operators and customers are lining up behind efforts to redress operational problems in part with improved training. In this month's Rotor & Wing Helicopter Training Special Report, we learn that Bell Helicopter is pushing Frasca International to...
May 1, 2005
Kaman Getting K-MAX Pilots Ready For Fire Season With a relatively dry winter in the northwestern United States, firefighting companies are gearing up for a bad fire season. Kaman Aerospace Corp. doesn't specifically train pilots for fighting fires, but it does train them to transition to the unique, long-line capabilities for water bucket operations used to fight fires with the K-MAX . All of Kaman's...
May 1, 2005
News Briefs Company Developing Robinson Simulator Merlin Simulation, Inc. is refining a flight-training device designed for instruction of Robinson R22 and R44 pilots. The Falls Church, Va.-based company is enhancing the device to include an enhanced, 180-deg. field-of-view visual system. At present, the device is configured for the Robinson R22. The device's instrument panel is convertible to an IFR...
May 1, 2005
Settling With Power By Johan Nurmi At an air show, a huge military helicopter hovered at 100 ft., demonstrating its superb qualities. The crowd of thousands was astounded. Suddenly the aircraft seemed to lose lift and fell from the sky. It was totaled. The pilots walked away but didn't look happy. They knew what had happened, but were not able to correct for it in time. Settling with power is a dangerous...
May 1, 2005
Bringing Visuals Down to Earth In place in its new home, Bell's training academy is focused on enhancing customer learning in part by improving the tools they use to prep for specific mission activities. Flight training devices are impressive things. Built to match the aircraft they represent, to a high degree of fidelity, the more advanced of these devices permit a great deal of systems, procedures and...
April 1, 2005
More Good News, Some Sad News I happily reported last month that Ray Prouty, the legendary purveyor of aerodynamics insight and wisdom, is again writing for Rotor & Wing, fielding questions from readers on how aircraft, their pilots and the forces around them interact. As I expected, you, our readers, have seized that opportunity, and questions and suggestions of topics for Ray to address have been...
April 1, 2005
The Reality of Turbine Autorotations Fortunately, not many of us have real engine failures. We all should be practiced enough to know how to recognize and deal with one, so it should be no big surprise. Instinct takes over and we do what should come naturally. The problem is that, in a lot of turbine helicopters, what we've practiced and learned to judge things by is not always what happens. Unless the...
March 1, 2005
The emergency medical services industry is preparing to answer a lot of questions regarding its accident record, with one of the biggest being "Just how bad is it?" On the night of Jan. 10, a Lifenet EC135 crashed into the Potomac River near Washington, D.C., killing the pilot and paramedic. It was the third crash of an emergency medical services (EMS) helicopter, and the second fatal crash...
March 1, 2005
Brownouts have claimed more helicopters in recent military operations than all other threats combined. There are material and procedural solutions and combinations of both to cope with the crippling loss of visual references during this critical phase of flight. This month we'll examine available technologies that assist the pilot in brownouts. Brownout occurs in varying degrees, dependent on several...
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...
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