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Aug
05
2019

Know Your Aircraft - My Two Cents Worth

Posted by jhadmin

I gave a CRM class at a helicopter air medical flight program recently and something occurred that reminded me why it’s imperative that pilots know their aircraft. The incident happened when I was given a tour of the hospital’s aircraft by the program director and one of the pilots on duty who was a former Black Hawk pilot in the Army. The aircraft looked brand new and I could see it had everything a pilot could ask for to help them while flying in VMC or IMC conditions. [Read More...]



Tags: crm My Two Cents Worth Randy Mains
Categories: categoryTraining



Jul
01
2019

Maintenance Minute - All Torqued Up

Posted by jhadmin

Ever get all torqued up reading a helicopter maintenance manual because you couldn’t remember the difference between a re-torque and a torque check? I did, until I had their definitions tattooed on my — well, that’s another story. In the meantime, let’s work out their definitions here. Because not understanding the difference between a “re-torque” and a “torque check” can lead to potentially disastrous consequences. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Maintenance helicopter maintenance re-torque helicopter maintenance torque check Maintenance Minute Skott Skola
Categories: categoryTraining categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jun
03
2019

Acceptable Risk - Calculation or Emotion?

Posted by jhadmin

As a child, the value of the risk we would incur doing an activity was often measured by the spectators involved. Jumping a bicycle over a ditch brought a certain amount of fear, however the broken arm received as a result of such an attempt was looked upon as a badge of honor. Even as children, we justified risk through our belief that we could do what others could not or would not do. Today we assess flight risk through Flight Risk Assessment Tools (FRAT) and other various risk-based systems to aid our decision-making to determine whether the risk incurred during a flight is acceptable or not. In many cases, the risk assessment scoring mechanism will reflect a color-coded or numeric based indicator of the risk involved. [Read More...]



Tags: Flight Risk Assessment Tools (FRAT) FRAT
Categories: categorySafety categoryTraining



May
20
2019

Maintenance Minute - Blue Light Special 3

Posted by jhadmin

String-aligning Bell 206 M/R blades can be a bit tedious. To help see the string better, fabricate a couple stringing mirrors. You can use pieces from a broken mirror or buy a couple small rectangular mirrors that will sit across the top of the M/R blade bolt. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Maintenance Rolls Royce C20B FCU String-aligning Bell 206 M/R blades
Categories: categoryTraining



Feb
04
2019

Military to Civilian - Six Things No One Tells You About Transitioning

Posted by jhadmin

1. We underestimate the expense of transitioning. Transitioning from the military takes more time and money than you might imagine. Take all these into account: Tricare, health insurance, final move, VA, ID cards, car registration, drivers license, travel claims and job hunting. Your transition will be a lengthy, expensive, full-time undertaking. [Read More...]



Tags: Civilian Helicopter Helicopter Military to Civilian Transition Helicopter Networking helicopter training Military Helicopter
Categories: categoryTraining categoryOpinion-Editorial



Feb
04
2019

Maintenance Minute - SCREWED

Posted by jhadmin

SCREWED! Stuck screws. What a pain! But before you drill the screw head off, here are a few tips to try. This is mainly for Phillips style screws, but can be adapted to other types. First, clean out the “cross” recess area. Use an awl or pick if necessary. Any debris like paint, dirt, or rust will prevent the driver tip from fully seating into the cross. If the tip is not seated correctly, it will damage the recess drive areas on the first attempt. If the screw is buried under a layer of paint, remove the paint from the entire screw head area. Be sure to select the correct driver bit or screwdriver. A Reed & Prince #2 bit will strip out a Phillips #2 screw head and vice versa. Ensure the bit or driver tip is not worn smooth. If possible, use bits with serrations on the drive flanges. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Maintenance
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryTraining



Jan
28
2019

Taming the Night

Posted by jhadmin

The use of night vision imaging systems (NVIS) by civil helicopter operators is increasing significantly all over the world. North America has a leading role in terms of NVIS adoption. “In the United States, for example, very nearly all helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operators use night visions goggles (NVG) logging tens of thousands of NVIS flight hours each year,” says Kim Harris, director of business development at ASU. “However, NVIS HAA operations are becoming much more common also in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia,” he says. REB Technologies Senior Vice President of Operations and Systems Jeff Stubbs also believes Eastern Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa are poised for big growth in civil NVG operations. “These regions are geographically very similar to the U.S. and Canada, in that the cities and towns are separated by a large expanse of countryside. We have also had significant success in Africa with the anti-poaching sector, with an instant drop off from poaching once NVIS aircraft are introduced. Although not a huge sector, it serves a vital need for the environment,” he says. [Read More...]



Tags: ASU night flight concepts NVG NVIS
Categories: categorySafety categoryTraining



Dec
04
2018

U.S. Flight Training Offers Opportunities For The World

Posted by jhadmin

I’ve been privileged to fly in different countries around the world. You gain a perspective on the good, bad, and ugly of our aviation system here in the United States. With that said, I haven’t been anywhere outside of the U.S. where opportunity for all citizens to experience aviation is more available than here in the States. You are not excluded from aviation, because of your gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or any other differentiating factor. Additionally, many physically challenged persons find themselves successful in aviation as well. [Read More...]



Tags: helicopter training Rotorcraft Checkride
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryTraining



Oct
30
2018

Maintenance Minute - Blue Light Special

Posted by jhadmin

TIP #1 Power of the Pencil You discover your Bell 206 Series battery relay does not come online after an engine start using an external power unit (EPU) due to a low aircraft battery. This relay requires a minimum residual voltage in the battery to actuate the solenoid and pull the contactor bar down. While the aircraft is running and battery switch on, remove the round “label” from the top cover on most battery relays. Insert a wooden pencil in the cover hole and push down on the contactor bar. Reinstall the label or cover the hole with tape. [Read More...]



Tags: Maintenance Minute
Categories: categoryTraining categoryOpinion-Editorial



Oct
29
2018

DIRTY AIR OPS & MX

Posted by jhadmin

When it comes to helicopter operations there is actually no such thing as clean air. “Typically when you are in flight, you are in somewhat clean air, but most often it is not cruise flight that is the problem. Most of your damage occurs during takeoff and landing when you are kicking up the sand, grass, dust, or soot that is on the ground,” says Tony Bohm, director of business development at Aerometals. “Often it is not until an operator has a problem with an engine that they realize that their areas of operation are not as clean as they think they are. We had one operator who was trashing engines because they would cut the lawn every week next to the training area. They were constantly ingesting grass clippings into their engines and causing damage.” [Read More...]

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Tags: Aerometals Donaldson Aerospace and Defense Helicopter Dirty Air Operations Inlet Barrier Filters
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryTraining


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