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Sep
19
2017

Are You A Good Role Model - My Two Cents - Randy Mains

Posted by jhadmin

About a year ago a pilot attending one of my 5-day CRM Instructor courses asked me, “Have you seen this?” He played a YouTube clip that made my blood turn to ice. Michael Farikh, a highly respected Russian pilot who accomplished many great things for civilian helicopter aviation in his country, posted it. One article published just after his death called Farikh “The godfather of Russian helicopter aviation.” The clip the person showed me was entitled “Pilot Flies Helicopter into Clouds.” Farikh posted several similar clips, “Whiteout—What’s That?” and “Human Limitations—IMC Auto,” all equally chilling to me. In the initial clip, “Pilot Flies Helicopter into Clouds,” Farikh purposefully enters IMC conditions in a Robinson then covers up some of his flight instruments until he’s flying on partial panel. I witnessed very experienced ATP pilots lose spatial orientation in similar conditions in the Level-D simulator I operated in Dubai. That is why while watching Farikh’s videos I could not suppress a deep sense of dark foreboding. [Read More...]



Tags: Crew Resource Management Helicopter Safety Training My Two Cents Randy Mains
Categories: categoryTraining categorySafety



Sep
09
2017

NVG Operational Errors: 9 Common Mistakes Made by Operators

Posted by jhadmin

As the use of Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) technology has continued to mature and grow throughout the helicopter industry, managers, pilots, and mechanics must be committed to supporting the entire NVG program both inside and outside the cockpit. Rotorcraft Pro asked several training experts in the night vision industry to point out the most common operational errors they see in the field so operators can enhance nighttime helicopter NVIS operations. Here are 9 operational areas that night vision experts Night Flight Concepts and Aviation Specialties Unlimited say could use consideration and improvement by operators and end users. [Read More...]



Tags: NVG
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryTraining categorySafety



Sep
05
2017

TO ANNUAL OR NOT TO ANNUAL?

Posted by jhadmin

Every year I get asked a version of this question: can an owner use an FAA annual inspection on a turbine-powered rotorcraft? The short answer: You bet! While an annual inspection may not be advantageous in every case, it is a legal and viable method to maintain the airworthiness of most turbine helicopters. Airbus AS350s, Bell 429s, and even Sikorsky S-76s are eligible, provided they’re operated as a private aircraft under FAA Part 91. What follows is my version of the long answer via a brief overview of the annual inspection process: [Read More...]

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Tags: Helicopter Annual Helicopter Maintenance



Aug
28
2017

Miami Dade Air Rescue: Bell 412s Provide Utility & Versatility

Posted by jhadmin

From a density altitude perspective, what Miami lacks in elevation, it makes up for in heat and humidity. While shooting photography and video last month at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Air Rescue Bureau (Air Rescue), it was in the mid 90s and the humidity was so thick in the air that my videographer from arid Arizona looked at me and exclaimed, “I think I’m melting!” Combining the challenges of this operational environment, the ops tempo, and the variety of missions that Air Rescue may be asked to perform, both human and machine are constantly tested at this county government helicopter rescue operation [Read More...]

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Aug
21
2017

Executive Watch - Scott Davis, Dallas Avionics

Posted by jhadmin

For a man who sports a flamboyant Burl Ives beard and moustache that gives the impression that he sings Silver and Gold every Christmas, and for a man who focused on sales and marketing promotions as he worked his way up to vice president of sales and marketing at Dallas Avionics, and for the co-owner of up-and-coming record label, State Fair Records, Scott Davis has a surprising flair for understatement: “I have a one-line resume. I got out of high school and went directly to work here at Dallas Avionics.” When asked where he grew up, Davis, as if to emphasize a limited background, doesn’t answer Texas (That would be too big!), but instead he says, “I was born and raised at Dallas Avionics.” If this multitalented aviator, musician, and businessman only wrote his resume with one line, then Harper Lee only wrote one book: To Kill a Mockingbird. Of course, we discovered that the Monroeville, Alabama, author quietly penned Go Set a Watchman, and maybe a few more surprises that will surface posthumously. [Read More...]



Tags: Dallas Avionics Scott Davis
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Aug
14
2017

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Dale Owens

Posted by jhadmin

RPMN: How did you get your start in helicopters? My first flight was at age 13 in a Enstrom. I lived near Ft. Lauderdale International Airport and handed some tools to a guy working on his helicopter. He asked if I wanted a ride; I couldn't refuse that offer! Fast forward a few years I earned my fixed-wing rating at 17, and a couple of months later I received my gyroplane rating in a McCullogh J2. (Yes, it was made by the chainsaw company.) RPMN: When and how did you choose to fly helicopters? Or did they choose you? In 1987 I received a $2,500 grant to go to school. I had an interest in helicopters and was curious about their operation. I didn't intend to complete the course due to the expense ($130/hour) and I really had no need for a helicopter rating, however when the fund money was gone, I was having too much fun to quit, so I pulled out my credit card and exclaimed, “Let's do this!” [Read More...]



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



Aug
07
2017

Let's Go Fishing - Tuna Boat Ops

Posted by jhadmin

It may seem odd that in a helicopter magazine, we are going to talk about fishing. Not with nylon and hook, but with helicopters. Behind the tuna we buy in supermarkets, helicopters are critical to getting tuna from the sea to the table. And for those who love the sea and its marine life, this job is a perfect adventure. Since tuna is such a popular food worldwide and commands a high price, the use of expensive helicopters is cost effective for commercial tuna boats that use large nets called purse seines. Helicopters are extremely useful for spotting tuna, since these fish gather in large schools or shoals to cooperatively hunt vast areas for smaller fish prey. Helicopters takeoff early in the morning and fly long hours before parking on the ship overnight. R-22, R-44, B206, and MD500 are the most commonly used helicopters for this type of fishing. It’s not unusual for pilots with relatively few hours of flying time to join tuna operations. These jobs allow pilots to accumulate hours quickly, earn a decent paycheck, and work with fishing crew members from around the world while visiting exotic ports of call. It’s a bold alternative to the common practice of starting a career as a flight instructor. [Read More...]

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Tags: Tuna boat helicopter flying
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jul
31
2017

Adaptability is Key: The Invisible Hand

Posted by jhadmin

I’ve always felt the shapers of the American experiment from the late 1700s were not only exceptional, but brilliant thinkers. Their ideas and ideals still guide our success in the 21st century. Take Adam Smith for example and his theory of the “invisible hand.” Investopedia says: Smith’s theory of the invisible hand constitutes the basis of his belief that large-scale government intervention and regulation of the economy is neither necessary nor beneficial. Smith put forth the notion of the invisible hand in arguing that free individuals operating in a free economy, making decisions, primarily focused on their own self-interest, logically take actions that result in benefiting society as a whole even though such beneficial results were not the specific focus or intent of those actions. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Law Enforcement Helicopter UAV's
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jul
19
2017

Faulty Training = Faulty Checkride

Posted by jhadmin

Many of the helicopters utilized in today’s training market are equipped with an engine governor. The governor assists the pilot with managing and maintaining appropriate engine/rotor RPM to safely operate the helicopter. When conducting system failure training, the engine governor will be turned off and the pilot will be required to manipulate the throttle manually. In situations where the engine governor fails and mismanages engine/rotor RPM, the pilot may be required to isolate or turn off the governor. Adequate training and proficiency is critical in these situations. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Checkride Helicopter Instruction helicopter training Randy Rowles
Categories: categoryTraining categorySafety



Jul
17
2017

Tiger Tugs Moves Toward the Future AND in Any Direction

Posted by jhadmin

What do you do when a friend asks you to build a helicopter tug for his aircraft? Well, the answer seemed quite simple for Steve Hill: he started Tiger Tugs. Hill had a company that specialized in airplane tugs, so when he received the request for the helicopter tug he felt it was a natural expansion. Hill asked his friend about existing tugs on the market and why he didn’t purchase one already available. His friend listed all the faults of existing tugs. Hill went on a road trip to visit helicopter companies and mechanics to find out what worked and what did not. He returned with a plethora of information. So, his tug design began with the recommendations of the rotorcraft pros he surveyed on the road. Once Hill and his team felt they had a product ready to debut in 2010, Hill started going to industry trade shows to promote his new Tiger Tug. At the first show, he walked away with two new orders. [Read More...]

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Tags: Helicopter Tugs Tiger Tugs
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryCompany Profiles


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