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May
13
2019

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

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Looks like things in the GOM are still not settling down. With several oil company mergers/buyouts on the horizon, as well as another major helicopter operator teetering on the brink, it should make this summer an interesting time. Especially, if there is an active hurricane season. [Read More...]



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Apr
11
2019

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

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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
14
2019

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

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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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Feb
11
2019

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

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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
04
2019

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

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Looks like the offshore rotorcraft industry hasn’t fared any better though. While the financials of most major players are continuing their slide, there’s new company acquisitions on one side and rumors of sell-offs on the other side. [Read More...]



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Dec
05
2018

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - December 2018

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A lot of flying going on in California last month covering the fires. While I never directly worked in that type of ops, I have seen them in action during the day and the mechanics during the night. A sight to see. [Read More...]



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Nov
16
2018

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - November 2018

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Being a history buff, I run across some unique stuff. Like this one: This past October, 62 years ago, the first Bell Huey flew as the XH-40. While the Sikorsky R-4 and the Bell 47 gave the world a viable helicopter, it was the Huey and its performance in Vietnam that gave us the industry we call home. [Read More...]



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Oct
22
2018

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - October 2018

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To all those flying and wrenching in the Carolinas and beyond, I wish you good luck and support. I think everyone has an FAA story. For most of us, we usually remember only the bad ones. You know: “Hi, I’m with the FAA and I’m here to help you.” [Read More...]



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Sep
17
2018

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - September 2018

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The world’s last flying Bristol 171 Sycamore helicopter will return home to Weston-super-Mare this month when it flies to the Helicopter Museum; 60 years after it was built. The historic aircraft land at the museum on Monday 11 June and be based in its Duke of Edinburgh Hangar until Sunday 24 June. It will be the UK’s first Sycamore flight in 46 years. [Read More...]



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Aug
15
2018

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - August 2018

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Last year for my August blog topic I discussed tool FOD. And the same for this August. However, this time I found some examples that drive the point home. Of all the things we can do as mechanics, when working on aircraft, is to ensure we, as a group, return all our tools back to their respective toolboxes. [Read More...]



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