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Sep
19
2016

One Reader’s View on CRM

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RandyMains

I have a professional Facebook page that deals solely with crew resource management and helicopter safety issues. I hope I don’t disappoint visitors to my page if they don’t see pictures of my breakfast, lunch, or dinner, my cat, dog or car or learn that I am in a departure lounge somewhere awaiting my flight home. I ‘built’ my Facebook page for one purpose—as a tool to keep CRM and helicopter safety foremost in air crew member’s minds. [Read More...]



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Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Aug
17
2016

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - August 2016

Posted by ScottSkola        0 Comments
ScottSkola

Back when the only inlet filter option for an Arriel engine was the bleed air type, it was a pain to comply with ground runs as the cowling had to remain installed with the filter bleed air line connected. There supposedly was a factory cap for the fitting on the engine that enabled removal of the cowling/filter assembly. But we, nor the tech reps, could ever procure one. [Read More...]



Tags: ROTORwrench Scott Skola
Categories: categoryROTORwrench



Aug
17
2016

A Blip on the Radar (Part 7) "Routine and Sudden Terror"

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FrancisMeyrick

A Blip on the RadarPart (7)  Routine and Sudden Terror:  How to crash a HelicopterIn the [Read More...]



Tags: A Blip on the Radar Moggy's Musings



Aug
17
2016

Maximum Performance Takeoff — Into IMC?

Posted by RandyRowles        0 Comments
RandyRowles

A few months ago I was visiting a large helicopter flight school. While touring the school, I had the opportunity to sit in on a ground school class. The students were training toward their helicopter instrument rating, so the material being presented was on that topic. My initial impression was very positive. I thought: Wow, these young aviators are getting a great education in a highly standardized, quality-based training environment. [Read More...]



Tags: IMC Maximum Performance Takeoff Randy Rowles
Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Aug
17
2016

Fatigue – The New Drunk Driving

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RandyMains

I’d been awake for 17 hours when the phone rang at 12:45 a.m. The communications specialist said, “There’s a scene call on Palomar Mountain. Will you be able to take the flight?” [Read More...]



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Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Jul
22
2016

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - July 2016

Posted by ScottSkola        0 Comments
ScottSkola

ATA 76 - Rolls-Royce 250-C20 Series - Found another booklet, but this one is a real collector item: Chandler Evans (CECO) MC-40 Fuel Control System Questions and Answers. I still shudder when I hear the word CECO. Bleed, bleed, bleed…starts running through my mind. And I don’t mean the red stuff. For those who hadn’t had the pleasure, a CECO system used fuel pressure to control function instead of air pressure like a Bendix system. Air in the control side would cause all kinds of problems. One tiny bubble of air and it seemed like you were bleeding the system for hours, days, weeks…. [Submitted by Rw] [Read More...]



Tags: MX Blog ROTORwrench Scott Skola
Categories: categoryROTORwrench



Jul
22
2016

A Blip on the Radar (Part 3) "Sunshine"

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FrancisMeyrick

Of all the human beings I have encountered on this planet during the course of my little life, the proud, the humble, the kind, the selfish, the arrogant and the meek, there is one man who occupies a special place in my heart. He was more than a buddy to me. He was my brother. He was kind, gentle, funny, and loyal. We worked together for a year, and he probably saved my life once due to his unstinting dedication, not to mention his raw courage. [Read More...]



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Jul
22
2016

ATP Helicopter Certification…Is The Bar Set Too Low?

Posted by RandyRowles        2 Comments
RandyRowles

The highest level of FAA airman certification is the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. Upon reaching this level of certification, the airman is expected to have built a treasure trove of experiences only found through years of experience. The title alone infers that the individual holding such certification is capable of operating aircraft utilized in airline-type operations. Not as much make and model of aircraft as it is the capabilities of an airline to include operating within poor weather conditions, high density airspace, and the IFR system. [Read More...]



Tags: Airline Transport Pilot ATP FAA Randy Rowles
Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Jul
22
2016

Training Safely

Posted by RandyMains        0 Comments
RandyMains

I’ve been a flight instructor in the military, a senior instructor for Bell Helicopter in Iran teaching pilots how to be instructor pilots, head of training and a flight examiner for 13 years while working for the Royal Oman Police Air Wing in the Sultanate of Oman with British, American and Australian pilots and a type-rating instructor and type-rating examiner in the Bell 412EP and Bell 212 while working for Abu Dhabi Aviation. While in Abu Dhabi, I trained and examined airline transport pilots hailing from more than 20 countries around the world. In my 47-year and 13,000-hour flying career I have developed habits I use to keep us safe while training that I will pass along to you to, hopefully, keep you safe. [Read More...]



Tags: Bell Helicopter Iran Randy Mains Training Safely
Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Jun
20
2016

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - June 2016

Posted by ScottSkola        0 Comments
ScottSkola

Been a busy month. One interesting note, the Germans have 3D printed a flying aircraft. No BS. It’s small and unmanned. But, think of the future possibilities. Find a P/C link corroded, no problem. Instead of going through the antiquated process of ordering a new one, just mosey up to your handy-dandy Snap-On 3D part printer. Puts a whole new meaning to signing it off… “Fabricated new P/C link from….” [Read More...]



Tags: and Info Maintenance ROTORwrench ROTORwrench…Tips Snap-On Tricks
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