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Jan
15
2019

HELITRAK PRESIDENT CHRIS NEHLS

Posted by jhadmin

HeliTrak President Chris Nehls starts our interview with words that no writer wants to hear. “I’m afraid this is going to be a hard profile for you, as I’m a boring person.” Fortunately, the former farm boy from the Illinois corn belt was just letting his small-town Midwest modesty get the best of him. Nehls is a compelling risk-taker who leads a startup that is at the heart of bringing cutting-edge aviation autonomous technology to underserved aviators. After all, many pilots fly Robinson helicopters in the same airspace as those in avionic-laden aircraft. Shouldn’t Robinson pilots, and those who fly other smaller ‘common’ aircraft, also have access to collective pull down and autopilot technology? [Read More...]



Tags: HeliTrak HeliTrak Chris Nehls R44 Collective Pull Down
Categories: categoryHuman Interest



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



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
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



Sep
04
2018

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Stan Braun, DOM for Haverfield Aviation

Posted by jhadmin

RPMN: What is your current position? I am the director of maintenance for Haverfield Aviation in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Haverfield operates 23 MD-500 D and E models, one Garlick UH-1H, and one Delta Enterprises UH-60 A model Blackhawk. Haverfield Aviation is an innovative operator that utilizes its fleet to service the transmission power grid throughout the United States. Haverfield offers comprehensive visual inspections, demolition and construction, maintenance, OPGW support, aerial tree trimming, helicopter lift services, FLIR, and drone services. [Read More...]



Tags: Haverfield Aviation Haverfield Director of Maintenance Helicopter Professionals meet a rotorcraft pro
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest



Aug
20
2018

Executive Watch - Roger Wassmuth, Kaman Senior Director of Business Development

Posted by jhadmin

If the key to Success City is preparing oneself to take advantage of opportunities, then Kaman’s Senior Director of Business Development Roger Wassmuth has worn that master key to a nub. “Taking advantage of opportunities that presented themselves on my path pretty much got me to where I am today. I enjoyed most of the path that I took,” he circumspectly says. The path has been no leisurely stroll down a meandering way, rather Wassmuth’s career path ascended to his senior position beginning at a fast and purposeful pace. The Columbus, Ohio, native—and proud Ohio State University Buckeyes fan—entered the military in 1978 directly out of high school, where he served as a Navy maintenance technician. He even honed his maintenance skills earlier as a boy in his father’s full-service gas station. (You may remember those now extinct establishments: service attendants wore ties, and usually a smile, as they checked your oil, belts, battery, and tires while topping off your tank.) The boy started out pulling weeds on the station’s lot and eventually worked his way up to performing repairs, tune-ups, and oil changes. [Read More...]



Tags: Executive Watch Kaman Aerospace Roger Wassmuth
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryCompany Profiles categoryHuman Interest



Aug
06
2018

Best Unit in the World - My Two Worth - Randy Mains

Posted by jhadmin

A gentleman on my professional Facebook page, claimed a certain unit was “the best aviation unit in the world.” While we pilots often make strong claims, I got to thinking: What criteria would qualify a unit to be considered one of the best in the world? Naturally, I immediately thought about the unit I served with in Vietnam from October 1968 to October 1969. We were the Black Widows of Charlie Company assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. I was Black Widow 25. When I arrived we were based at LZ Sally, 7 kilometers northwest of Hue. Several months later we moved to the air base at Hue Phu Bai. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Crews Helicopter Safety Helicopter Units My Two Cents Worth Randy Mains
Categories: categoryHuman Interest categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jul
03
2018

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro – Jim Cochran

Posted by jhadmin

RPMN: What is your current position? I’m currently the Eastern United States regional pilot training manager/check airman with Metro Aviation Inc. An additional duty with Metro is that of maintenance/production test pilot at Paradigm Aerospace Corporation, known as PAC International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Metro Aviation. This responsibility has provided me a great opportunity to fly numerous types of airframes, including: Airbus EC145, EC135 (all variants), AS350 and the BK117 (all variants); Bell 206 series and the 407s, (both analog) and the GX1000s and the MD900. I’m also co-owner of Professional Helicopter Services LLC, one of the principles in 4D Aviation Consulting LLC. I enjoyed a 26-year career with the Pennsylvania State Police retiring from the Aviation Unit in 2010. [Read More...]



Tags: Jim Cochran meet a rotorcraft pro
Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Apr
09
2018

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Jim Garst, CEO Sevier County Choppers

Posted by jhadmin

RPMN: What is your current position? I am currently the President and CEO of Sevier County Choppers Inc. Our main business is conducting overhauls on Robinson helicopters, along with a small flight school and touring business. We are a family owned and operated business. RPMN: Tell me about your first flight. My first flight in a helicopter was during Army flight school. About halfway through I was pretty sure I would not be able to do this. I really thought I was going to throw up on my instructor and was probably several shades of green. Of course this was August in lower Alabama, so the heat didn’t help much. [Read More...]



Tags: Jim Garst meet a rotorcraft pro Sevier County Choppers
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest



Feb
26
2018

Executive Watch - Gabriel Massey, Able Aerospace

Posted by jhadmin

Able Aerospace Services, a Textron-owned company in Mesa, Arizona, has built the numbers in its favor. In its 30 years of business, the MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) corporation has repaired millions of components for OEMs and operators across the globe. Two key drivers: An innovative, solutions-focused culture, and an on-site, experienced engineering team that works with designated engineering representatives. One dedicated engineer rose through Textron’s ranks to pilot Able Aerospace Services from an all-encompassing view. In that rise, general manager Gabriel Massey, a Montreal native, hasn’t lost his engineering enthusiasm for numbers. “I was always good at math and numbers,” he says. “Many of my relatives were engineers, so I always knew it was part of my path, but others were entrepreneurs, which fostered an equal interest in business strategy – a little unique for an engineer.” At Able, this helps him to see more than just digits and details. “It’s important to understand the details, but not get buried in them,” Massey observes. “As a leader, it’s a balance of digging into technical details when necessary, but at the same time not managing the details. I allow my teams to take care of their details and make their own decisions.” That’s a lesson Massey learned watching other leaders during his rise. “I’ve seen leaders that are good in the details, but never rise up above them, and I’ve seen some that didn’t master details and were disconnected.” [Read More...]



Tags: Able Aerospace Gabe Massey Helicopter Components Helicopter Maintenance Helicopter Parts MRO Textron
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest


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