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Jun
30
2015

Flight Instructors: Know Thy Neighbors!

Posted by RandyRowles        2 Comments
RandyRowles

As a pilot examiner, I have the opportunity to work with many flight schools and instructors throughout my district. I sometimes take it for granted that my visits to flight schools are a rare benefit to me not often afforded to other flight schools in our local area. The ability to see varied procedures and techniques provides insights into how the average flight school conducts business. I often get to see curriculum development, local airport procedures, internal instructor training, and other aspects of day-to-day operations. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Instructor CFII Helicopter Training Randy Rowles Rotorcraft Checkride
Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Apr
23
2015

Operational Decision Making: Life after Flight Training

Posted by RandyRowles        2 Comments
RandyRowles

Within the flight training industry, a key component to mitigating risk is standardization. Providing the student and instructor with repeatable tools to aid in the decision-making process provides a predictable environment in which flight training can occur safely. However, this may be a double-edged sword. On one side you have a highly standardized method of operating that is repeatable, predictable, and offers very little in the form of operational risk. On the other side, the student pilot is offered very little opportunity to make operational decisions. The key to becoming a safe, competent helicopter pilot is the ability to make good decisions. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Training Randy Rowles Rotorcraft Checkride
Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Feb
23
2015

CRM Tips for the Single Pilot

Posted by RandyMains        3 Comments
RandyMains

Last year, HAI President Matt Zuccaro pushed his safety message, “Land the Damn Helicopter,” reminding us that as a last resort when we’ve run out of options, we have the power to break a potential link in an error chain by simply landing. Research into why helicopters crash isn’t statistically different than other segments of aviation. It is pretty much agreed worldwide that 80 percent of all aviation accidents have an element of human error. Crew resource management (CRM) training can save the day before we need to resort to landing the damn helicopter. CRM, if practiced religiously, will keep your good hands from taking you somewhere your mind hasn’t been. [Read More...]



Tags: Crew Resource Management CRM Helicopter Safety Helicopter Training Randy Mains
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Feb
23
2015

Sliding To A Standard - The Running/Roll-On Landing

Posted by RandyRowles        0 Comments
RandyRowles

Within the FAA’s practical test standard (PTS) for helicopters, the proficiency requirements to successfully demonstrate a running/roll-on landing are identified. They are seemingly simple: establish and maintain: a shallow approach angle, a proper rate of closure, and proper flight control technique after surface contact. The PTS wants us to talk about surface texture, height/velocity diagram, and factors affecting performance data, all really good topics. However, I’ve found a question that few applicants can answer: Why are we here? [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Landings Helicopter Procedures Helicopter Safety Helicopter Training Randy Rowles
Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride