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Oct
15
2019

Air Ambulance: Are the systems making us safer?

Posted by jhadmin

I was so lucky, when I first began flying helicopter EMS in 1999 when my first director of ops told me that he would rather me turn down a flight and go back to sleep, than push weather limits. However, the go/no-go decision was still my sole decision to make. At the time, I probably did not appreciate my director’s sentiment as much as I should have. [Read More...]



Tags: Flight Risk Assessment Tool FRAT HAA Helicopter air ambulance
Categories: categorySafety categoryOpinion-Editorial



Oct
07
2019

One Man's Trash

Posted by jhadmin

After a recent helicopter accident, some old topics popped up on a number of internet forums: aircraft repairs, aircraft data plates, and salvage parts. While it remains to be seen if any previous repairs have fault in this accident, the ensuing discussions demonstrated that there is an ongoing knowledge gap in how aircraft repairs can be performed legally. First, the use of aircraft salvage parts in aircraft repairs is perfectly legal within the FARs and is a classic example of, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” However, when it comes to data plates, there is – and has been – specific regulatory guidance on how they are made, attached, and maintained. Unfortunately, some people are not aware of (or choose not to follow) this FAA guidance. As such, the FAA and the OEMs have become more proactive in this area in recent times. For instance, as recently as October 2018 the FAA issued new guidance. So follow below as we continue the discussion. [Read More...]



Tags: aircraft data plates FAA Helicopter Maintenance legal aircraft repairs OEM's
Categories: categoryRegulatory categoryOpinion-Editorial



Aug
12
2019

Editor's Letter - THE VERDICT’S IN, WE PILOTS CONTINUE TO BE THE PROBLEM

Posted by jhadmin

“Lyn, when making a decision to accept a flight, I want you to place no more value on the patient than you would a sack of crap.” My response, “Huh? Wait . . . what? Can you say that again?” [Read More...]



Tags: Rotorcraft Pro Editor's Letter
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jul
29
2019

Trends In Law Enforcement Aviation: It’s Not Just About Drones

Posted by jhadmin

Given all the attention being paid to drones these days, one might think that they are all that is happening in law enforcement rotorcraft aviation. This isn’t the case. Yes, drones are a big trend in law enforcement aviation, but they aren’t the only trend. Here’s what else is going on, based on what law enforcement aviation officers, and equipment suppliers are telling us. [Read More...]



Tags: Enhanced Vision System Helicopter Glass Cockpits Law Enforcement Aviation Night Vision Goggles NVG's White-Phosphor NVG's
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



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


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