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Mar
05
2014

Trends In Helicopter Simulation

Posted by jhadmin

By Ryan MasonBy all indications, the helicopter simulation industry is booming. With the steady [Read More...]

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Tags: frasca Helicopter simulators
Categories: categoryTraining



Dec
13
2012

OEM TRAINING SNAPSHOT-Bell Training Academy 2.0

Posted by jhadmin

The fuselage was made partly of plywood beams. The tail cone was made of riveted magnesium. The rotor blades were a composite of fir and balsa wood, with a steel reinforcement bar down the leading edge. Powered by a vertically mounted 165-hp Franklin engine, Bell’s first helicopter, the Model 30, first flew in 1942. Advancing technology is the double-edged sword in aviation. On one hand, technology improvements make us more efficient and situationally aware. On the other hand, just when you thought you were proficient using one technology, it changes. This tension is a boon for training providers, as they are always in demand to provide initial and recurrent training programs. [Read More...]

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Tags: academy bell Helicopter training
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Nov
23
2012

Helicopter Pilot Kidnapped - Twice!

Posted by jhadmin

Three huge Nigerians rushed forward and mobbed Dave. A sack was pulled over his head and he was bundled quickly away from the bar and into a waiting minivan. One of the Nigerians began wildly firing his AK above the heads of the others as a warning to stay back and Dave found out later that the guard outside the bar had been held at gunpoint while they made their abduction. The whole thing was over in less than a minute and Dave was now being driven at speed away from the township, and was getting a few punches and kicks from his captors as they showed they meant business. [Read More...]

Tags: Helicopter kidnap kidnapped nigeria pilot
Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Aug
10
2012

An Export to Africa

Posted by jhadmin

“Careful! Easy now!” The voice of the anxious shop foreman called out as he directed the crane operator loading a Bell 222B onto a flatbed trailer for the start of a long journey from Phoenix, Arizona to Johannesburg, South Africa. [Read More...]

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Tags: africa berard export Helicopter moving shipping
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Aug
03
2012

When Birds Strike

Posted by jhadmin

Birds are a severe danger for pilots. Especially when flying at low altitudes with high speed – a profile that is typical for helicopter flights.. What can be done to prevent strikes and to save lives and costs? [Read More...]

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Tags: birds birdstrike Helicopter strike wildlife
Categories: categorySafety



Jul
20
2012

Let's Talk People

Posted by jhadmin

As many of you know, I am passionate about safety and unreasonable regulatory and political initiatives, but I thought it might be nice to discuss my other passion — the people that make up this great industry of ours. Besides, if I think about regulations, legislation, politics, and life inside the Beltway too much, my head hurts, my stomach aches, and my brain turns to mush. [Read More...]

Tags: association HAI Helicopter international Zuccaro
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jul
06
2012

Primary Flight Training Market Redefined

Posted by jhadmin

Super Bowl Sunday, 2008. A day that will go down in infamy. Not so much because the NY Giants beat the New England Patriots 17 - 14. That was a well deserved end to a great season. However, for those who remember, it was during that football game when the owner of the largest helicopter school in the world sent an email to everyone in the organization indicating that Silver State Helicopters was officially shut down. [Read More...]

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Tags: flight Helicopter training
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jun
15
2012

The M Word - effective helicopter maintenance management

Posted by jhadmin

Mention maintenance and helicopter in the same sentence and you get another “M” word - more money. Well okay, make that two “M” words. However, complying with your maintenance requirements doesn’t have to mean writing a blank check and hoping for the best. [Read More...]

Tags: Helicopter maintenance management
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



Apr
20
2012

Aerial Firefighting Technology – Why Shutdown at Sundown?

Posted by jhadmin

Night Vision Goggles may conjure up thoughts of elite Special Forces units going into battle in the dead of night, but they also have found a use in nighttime helicopter operations. A number of fire departments and agencies have employed these devices to allow them to attack wildfires at night and to perform difficult night rescues that would be foolhardy otherwise. [Read More...]

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Tags: firefighting forestry Helicopter NVG
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Mar
16
2012

An Excerpt from Dear Mom I’m Alive

Posted by jhadmin

On May 20 1969 I flew a routine mission that turned into a living nightmare. That's how combat flying is. It shifts from the mundane to the horrendous most often when you least expect it. This particular memory has become part of me. I have relived the mission hundreds of times in my mind. It is as clear to me now as if it had happened yesterday. [Read More...]

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Tags: alive dear Helicopter mains mom randy vietnam
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryHuman Interest


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