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Apr
11
2019

Just Say No!

Posted by RandyMains        1 Comments
RandyMains

Helicopter shopping and false advertising were uncovered in a recent Survival Flight Bell 407 crash resulting in three fatalities in Vinton County, Ohio, on the morning of 29 January 2019 in snowy conditions. Pilot Jennifer L. Topper, 34, of Sunbury, Ohio, and flight nurses Bradley J. Haynes, 48, of London, Ohio, and Rachel L. Cunningham, 33, of Galloway, Ohio, lost their lives that morning. [Read More...]



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Apr
11
2019

Acceptable Risk - Calculation or Emotion?

Posted by RandyRowles        0 Comments
RandyRowles

As a child, the value of the risk we would incur doing an activity was often measured by the spectators involved. Jumping a bicycle over a ditch brought a certain amount of fear, however the broken arm received as a result of such an attempt was looked upon as a badge of honor. Even as children, we justified risk through our belief that we could do what others could not or would not do. [Read More...]



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Apr
11
2019

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, Info… and a Laugh - April 2019

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ScottSkola

This past month, the 2019 Heli-Expo came to Altanta, GA and left. Haven’t heard much about it as it appeared to be rather low-key event this year. But from what I did hear it seems there’s a definite shift to Black Hawks and Chinooks in the utility arena. [Read More...]



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Mar
19
2019

Helicopter Operations…True Measure of Helicopter Safety?

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RandyRowles

Every month I receive a Monthly Accident Briefing from the Federal Aviation Administration. I find the information compelling and relevant to my role as a helicopter educator. The data is very well packaged supported by pie charts, diagrams, and links to actual helicopter accident reports that occurred during the current reporting period. [Read More...]



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Mar
14
2019

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info… and a Laugh - March 2019

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ScottSkola

Things don’t appear to be getting any better in the GOM. With the current oil price stagnant and helicopter demand at historical lows, those affected may be in for a longer ride than expected. [Read More...]



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Mar
14
2019

Reader Follow Up to “Now I know What My Dog’s Thinking” article

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RandyMains

Initial training at the start of my airline career, after active duty with the Marines, flying both rotor and fixed wing, was performed in-aircraft in a Saab SF-340A. The Saab had a full glass cockpit at a time when most airliners still had steam gauges. My training partner, who had a USCG background, both rotor and fixed wing as well, and corporate flying was having trouble with the transition to glass instruments. After several less-than-satisfactory flights, during a study session, he asked me how to determine which way the aircraft was turning. I was shocked that he still looked at the instruments like your dog watching TV. He didn’t make it through training. [Read More...]



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Feb
11
2019

Plato's Cave

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RandyMains

I attended the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) HAI Symposium held at Heli-Expo in Louisville entitled “Safety and the Bottom Line” and learned that in the team’s accident analysis it was revealed that 84% of accidents included a Standard Problem Statement of “Pilot Judgment & Actions.” Good crew resource management practices seemingly would ‘cure’ that malady. So why haven’t they? The answer lies in Plato’s Cave. [Read More...]



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Feb
11
2019

Objective vs. Subjective Teaching….

Posted by RandyRowles        0 Comments
RandyRowles

It is common within flight instruction for the subject matter being presented to have a theme of “my instructor taught me this way.” Often, flight instructors only have the experience gained during their own training program to impart to their students. In many cases, this is acceptable; after all, it was [their] flight instructor that facilitated the learning process, thus an inference to an instructor’s methods when they received their training is normal. However, did their Instructor teach from an objective or subjective perspective? [Read More...]



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Feb
11
2019

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info… and a Laugh - February 2019

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ScottSkola

Unfortunately, the last month hasn’t been kind to the industry. Several tragic events: AW139 hit a zipline in flight, a pilot was struck by 230 M/R blades during ground ops, a midair between an Astar and fixed wing, and an EMS 407 hit trees during cruise. Luckily, in the fifth incident, where a Skycrane contacted water during fire ops, everyone made it out okay. [Read More...]



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Jan
13
2019

Rapid Deceleration or Rejected Takeoff…What’s the Difference?

Posted by RandyRowles        1 Comments
RandyRowles

While conducting an FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) – Helicopter practical test, the applicant was given an emergency during the takeoff phase of flight. In lieu of conducting a Rejected Takeoff procedure, the applicant initiated a climb to 40’agl, maintained 40kts of airspeed, and announced the execution of a Quick Stop maneuver. When queried about the method by which the Rejected Takeoff was conducted, the applicant advised “that is how a Quick Stop is done”. Note: For the purpose of this article, Rapid Deceleration and Quick Stop will have the same meaning. [Read More...]



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