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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
14
2019

Editor's Letter - Service and Sacrifice

Posted by jhadmin

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." - George S. Patton I served in the U.S. Marines. Additionally, I did 15 years in fire-rescue and flew EMS long before it was HAA (helicopter air ambulance). In the last five years, I have done several mission trips to countries like Haiti and Costa Rica in the service of others. Honestly, it’s not a conscious philosophy I chose. I didn’t plan it. Service just seems to be something I gravitate toward. [Read More...]



Tags: Airborne Law Enforcement Police Aviation Units Police Helicopters Sheriff Aviation Units
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jun
10
2019

Pilot Shortage and Retention: Barriers and Solutions

Posted by jhadmin

Make no mistake, our industry is going through changes of such magnitude that if ignored, unquestioned, and misinterpreted, will have severe and far reaching consequences for all helicopter industry businesses and affiliated organizations. While some of us may not be feeling the consequences as much as others right now, that is not cause for relief—it is a cause for awareness, planning, and change. As inevitably as the sun rises, we will all feel the effects of this seismic shift in the years to come and those who do not prepare will have an uncertain future. [Read More...]



Tags: CPT/OPT programs helicopter flight schools helicopter pilot funding helicopter pilot job market helicopter pilot license holders Helicopter Pilot Shortage Pilot Shortage
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryOpinion-Editorial



Apr
08
2019

From Helicopters to Airlines: My Rotor Transition Program Experience

Posted by jhadmin

If you’ve ever had the desire to travel further, faster, and higher your time is here. I’ve flown helicopters commercially for 13 years. As a civilian, I attended a small flight school in Florida where I obtained all my training from Private through CFII where I used my GI Bill benefits. Until recently, most Part 121 air carriers did not count helicopter flight hours towards their hiring minimums. In recent years, this trend is on the decline. If you are an experienced helicopter pilot and have ever wanted to fly for the airlines, opportunity may be on the horizon. With as little as 250 hours of airplane PIC time and a commercial multi-engine land add-on certificate you can be eligible for hire at a regional airline that may provide a stepping stone to the mainline carriers. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopters to Airlines Rotor Transition Programs RTP
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest



Mar
11
2019

Executive Watch: NFC President Adam Aldous

Posted by jhadmin

Night Flight Concepts (NFC), based out of Waco, Texas, brings night vision training and technology from the military to the civilian masses who need to safely fly when the sun goes down. The company is known for cleverly marketing their night vision products and services under acronyms like L.E.A.S.E (Law Enforcement Air Support Entity) and S.O.A.R. (Special Operations Aviation Resources). With approx. 300 global customers, approx. 1,450 students trained, and approx. 3,500 NVGs inspected and repaired since 2006, another catchy acronym for NFC would be F.L.I.G.H.T. (Forward Looking Industrious Group Has Tenacity). NFC began as a vision, and early side-hustle, that its co-founder and president, Adam Aldous, had while serving in Iraq as an Army Chinook pilot. (Aldous still hustles; if he doesn’t wake up earlier, his 5-year-old daughter gets him up every morning by 6:00—without fail.) When we caught up with him in early January, he was working on NFC’s 2019 marketing plans, but he graciously found the time to share his fascinating story. [Read More...]



Tags: Adam Aldous night flight concepts Night Vision Goggles
Categories: categoryHuman Interest categoryOpinion-Editorial



Feb
11
2019

Losing Your Career May Be One FAA Medical Exam Away

Posted by jhadmin

On 21 October 2016, shortly after my 32nd birthday I was given tragic news that would forever change my life: I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and my career as a professional helicopter pilot was over. My family doctor; a man that has known me my entire life; who subsequently, understands my passion for flying—the same passion many you must share—was the one who broke the news to me. I understood what the diagnosis meant and I am not ashamed to admit, I was crying like a baby in the arms of my girlfriend. She being a clinical pharmacist, was a voice of reason and the rock of stability I needed for our coming tribulations. In between my tears, I remember my physician recalling his morning conversation with his wife. “I will have to end a pilot’s career later today,” he’d told her. He also had a tear in his eye because he knew what the lab results meant. [Read More...]



Tags: FAA Medical Type 1 Diabetes FAA Medical
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial



Feb
11
2019

Editor's Letter - Sense of Gratitude

Posted by jhadmin

In my years as owner and editor in chief of Rotorcraft Pro, I’ve never used my platform to share anything personal about myself outside of my helicopter related experiences. But as I crossed the threshold into another new year, I had the urge to reflect on my life, the people in it, and my small place in this industry. My take away—gratitude. I feel blessed more than I deserve, that’s for certain. [Read More...]



Tags: Lyn Burks Rotorcraft Pro
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial



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



Dec
31
2018

Best of 2018 - Legacy

Posted by jhadmin

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Taylor Galvin in Baghdad, Iraq, died earlier this year as a result of injuries sustained when his helicopter crashed in Sinjar, in Iraq’s Nineveh Province. Galvin’s helicopter crashed while conducting a partnered counterterrorism mission in support of the Operation Inherent Resolve coalition to defeat the Islamic State, according to a U.S. Central Command statement. A decorated Vietnam veteran died earlier this year while piloting his personal helicopter. Schwarz was a commercial pilot, who had a love of flying. Henry E. Schwarz was the president of the Virginia Helicopter Association prior to his passing. In his earlier years Schwarz was a U.S. Army helicopter pilot who served in the Vietnam War. He led more than 100 combat air assaults and received 29 medals for performance and service to the country. He was also a member of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society and a member of the Wilbur Wright Chapter, National Capital Region. [Read More...]

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Tags: Rotorcraft Pro Best of 2018
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest



Nov
26
2018

My Two Cents - A Crock in Our Boat

Posted by jhadmin

Crew Resource Management (CRM) gives us the tools to make safe, prudent decisions; it’s something I wish I’d had while flying a JetRanger on a seismic survey contract in Papua New Guinea. Knowing what could hurt me would have prevented my nearly being eaten by a huge crocodile. Mike Keith, a pilot with me on contract, and I (stupidly) agreed to go crocodile hunting at midnight with two line cutters Russ and Tom Dooley. I should have known to say no; a week earlier; Russ had thrown a 16-foot python in the back seat of my aircraft in a burlap sack. [Read More...]



Tags: CRM Crew Resource Management My Two Cents
Categories: categorySafety categoryOpinion-Editorial


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