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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



Apr
23
2015

Field of Dreams

Posted by RandyMains        1 Comments
RandyMains

In the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner hears ghostly voices coming from his Iowa cornfield telling him, “If you build it they will come,” meaning he should build a baseball diamond and former members from the Chicago Black Sox would come. Each day for the two months that I worked building a crew resource management instructor’s course, a similar line kept replaying in my head: What if I build it and no one comes? [Read More...]



Tags: Crew Resource Management CRM Helicopter Safety My Two Cents Worth Randy Mains
Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Apr
23
2015

Helicopter Maintenance Tips April 2015

Posted by ScottSkola        0 Comments
ScottSkola

April’s tips: ATA 53 Airbus EC135 series: Avionics Deck vent openings in fuselage side panels. Much to a mechanic’s displeasure, this simple venting system has been the root of many electrical issues. Main problem is when water applied with force (e.g. hose while washing aircraft, etc.) at either vent grill will allow plenty of water to cover components on the avionics deck and even the master electrical boxes. One fix adopted by numerous operators is to fabricate and install a simple “hat” or deflector to the interior top section of the fiberglass vent tubes. [Read More...]



Tags: ATA 24 ATA 53 Helicopter Maintenance ROTORwrench Scott Skola
Categories: categoryROTORwrench



Apr
23
2015

What did we get HER on? Part 2

Posted by FrancisMeyrick        2 Comments
FrancisMeyrick

…First though, some other fun stuff. Just some random examples. 3) Classic statement Nurse says: (firmly, pointedly, lips pursed, no-nonsense tone of voice) (arms folded) (foot probably tapping, but I didn’t dare look) “I want you to understand I know just as much about flying this helicopter as you do. I’ve been flying on these machines for five years, and I’ve seen it all. You understand me?” [Read More...]



Tags: Francis Meyrick Moggy's Musings
Categories: categoryMoggy's Musings