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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



Nov
11
2018

Mentor Tips Worth Heeding

Posted by jhadmin

I was a full-time municipal firefighter 20 years ago, while at the same time flying helicopters on my days off. In 1999, I was offered a job as a pilot flying helicopter air ambulance (HAA.) It seemed a perfect fit as I not only had experience treating patients in the streets and setting up HAA landing zones, but I was a local pilot with significant experience. In in the life of an HAA call, there are two major decision points that are singular moments that can change the arc of history. The first moment is when the pilot must decide whether or not to launch. When everything’s normal, (i.e., weather, crew, and maintenance) the decision’s easy; you launch. The second moment happens when en route and some part of the flight begins to degrade. The pilot finds himself at a crossroad: keep going or turn around and head back to base? [Read More...]



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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



Oct
22
2018

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Ian Robinson

Posted by jhadmin

RPMN: In your view, what is the greatest challenge for the helicopter industry at this moment in time? Quality personnel is definitely the biggest challenge for our industry. It is tough to sell this trade to someone who has the mental aptitude to calculate and determine that the total ROI of the career path yields a negative return for those who have to take out a personal loan to obtain training. Flying is only a small portion of career success, and yet, the minimum educational requirements are a high school diploma and 200 hours of stick time. A successful business requires a wildly more advanced and educated population than what is minimally required to enter this profession. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Professionals Ian Robinson meet a rotorcraft pro
Categories: categoryHuman Interest categoryOpinion-Editorial



Oct
15
2018

Gain Your Cumulative Advantage

Posted by jhadmin

When it comes to the art of networking, the fact of the matter is that none of us have an inherent advantage over anybody else. Humans do not come from the womb imbued with the “Great Networker” gene. Networking is, in fact, a learned skill that (like all skills) becomes easier and more natural the more it is practiced. By definition, networking is the exchange of information or services between individuals, groups, or institutions. Specifically, networking is the “cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business.” Typically, these connections are created and enhanced through conversation, be it face-to-face, email, phone, or video chat. The importance of becoming an effective networker cannot be overstated during an individual’s military-to-civilian transition. Beginning as early as possible is vital in order to reduce one’s overall level of stress, while increasing the likelihood of a streamlined transition to the civilian workforce. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter HeliSuccess Helicopter Networking Military to Civilian Helicopter
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Oct
09
2018

Executive Watch: Pioneer Woman-Jan Smith, Founder of S3 Inc.

Posted by jhadmin

Like the company she founded, Jan Smith is opportunistic. For example, Smith’s corporation S3 Inc. (AKA “S-cubed”) stands for System Studies and Simulation, but it evolved and grew greatly from a software developer startup that began in Smith’s Alabama house with only three employees (Smith first hired “me, myself, and I”) to a Huntsville-based corporation that follows the money to where it leads and now wholly owns three subsidiaries: Kachemak Bay Flying Services (KBFS), Global Logistics Support Services (GLSS), and S3 International Inc. (S3I). [Read More...]



Tags: aviation and missile systems engineering Global Logistics Support Services (GLSS) Jan Smith Kachemak Bay Flying Services (KBFS) S3 S3 International Inc. (S3I) System Studies and Simulation
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest



Oct
02
2018

Question for helicopter pilots: Why not fly higher?

Posted by jhadmin

Question for helicopter pilots: Why not fly higher? Every few years, I use this platform to push for change. One of my pet peeves and favorite topics to kick around involves the altitudes at which we fly our helicopters. The fiction writer, Tamara Cohen, once wrote: “People don't change. The world carries on spinning inexorably around but people don't spin with it. They dig their heels into the shifting sand and cling on for dear life.” I feel like we as an industry are sometimes incapable of changing our behavior. We continue to do the same things over and over that cause us problems. This really applies to helicopter altitudes. I travel monthly to South Florida to fly an AW109E as a contract helicopter pilot. I stay at the home of a family member. Almost daily, helicopters fly over the house at 500 feet or below. The culprits range from light single-engine training helicopters to medium-twin engine IFR helicopters. Because I am a helicopter pilot, many of the neighbors ask me, “Do they have to fly over us that low?” My answer is always a resounding NO! [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter altitudes helicopter flying altitudes Helicopter Safety
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categorySafety



Sep
24
2018

Maintaining Balance: Dynamic Balancing in Helicopters

Posted by jhadmin

Helicopters are characterized by a high number of rotating parts. These include the main rotor, the tail rotor, the engines, the transmission shafts, etc. Other rotating and non-rotating parts such as pumps, bearings, dampers, and the landing gear system can also induce vibrations. These are not always easy to identify and correct. Historically there have even been cases of cells that after being put into service had to be discarded because of a tendency to give rise to high frequency vibrations that could not be corrected. Regardless of origins, a high level of vibration is a main obstacle to comfort and therefore also to the commercial placement of a helicopter. Since vibrations are in most cases related to the action of the rotors, the dynamic balancing of rotors and shaft is a very critical helicopter maintenance operation. [Read More...]



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