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May
31
2016

The Inexorable Rise of Unmanned Helicopters

Posted by jhadmin

Once the stuff of science fiction, unmanned helicopters are increasingly becoming a part of daily life. For instance, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter program, using both the small MQ-8B and the Bell 407-derived MQ-8C, provides the Navy’s littoral combat ships (LCS) with eyes in the sky that enhance both situational awareness and precision targeting. Furthermore, the Lockheed Martin/Kaman Aerospace K-MAX unmanned helicopter has distinguished itself by flying unmanned cargo missions for the Marines in Afghanistan, and is also being configured to support civilian applications such as firefighting, forest management, humanitarian aid, and oil & gas industry support. Meanwhile, about 2,400 Yamaha RMAX remotely controlled helicopters are being employed for crop-dusting around the world. Yamaha is also teaming with Northrop Grumman to develop an autonomous RMAX for the military called the R-Bat (Rotary Bat) for intelligence gathering.These are just some of the unmanned helicopters in use today, with more in development. [Read More...]



Tags: Drones UAV Unmanned Helicopters
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



May
23
2016

The Coin Toss - The Instructor’s Cardinal Sin

Posted by jhadmin

We’ve all been there. Flying with our student during the test prep phase of the training lifecycle, confirming what we set out to do so many hours before. That is, to present the FAA a qualified, proficient pilot applicant who is capable of exceeding all test standards set before them. You’ve done this many times before; it’s just a walk in the park. So you walk through your FAA exam checklist to verify nothing has been missed: Training records complete? ✔ Logbook endorsements complete? ✔ FAA Examiner scheduled? ✔ Complete confidence your student is ready to take this checkride? Well … not so much. During test prep, you notice that the student isn’t consistent with each maneuver or task you present. Although your student’s flying is OK, there’s this little voice in your ear and a knot in your gut that’s making you uncomfortable: They’re just not ready for this checkride! Then your student completes a picture-perfect autorotation and you ignore what you believed to be true just a few moments earlier. [Read More...]



Tags: Rotorcraft Checkride
Categories: categoryTraining



May
16
2016

My Two Cents - Voice for the Voiceless

Posted by jhadmin

It certainly wasn’t my intention to be on drugs when I addressed FAA regulators at the “Meet the FAA Regulators” session at HAI Heli-Expo 2014. Two hours prior to that talk, I literally couldn’t walk. My back suddenly went out causing excruciating lower back pain, something that occurs every three years or so due to years of competitive tennis and decades in the cockpit. Still, I needed to tell the regulators that they missed a real opportunity to draft meaningful new rules to stop the unacceptable HEMS accident rate. Throwing a mix of over-the-counter painkillers down my throat, I gingerly made my way to the convention center. [Read More...]



Tags: ems Randy Mains
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categorySafety



May
09
2016

IHST After 10 Years: A Worldwide Reduction in Helicopter Accidents

Posted by jhadmin

HST After 10 Years: A Worldwide Reduction in Helicopter Accidents The International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) reached its 10-year milestone this year with deep reductions in civil helicopter accidents in key regions throughout the globe and with an effective safety education effort that continues to spread throughout the industry. The successful effort to reduce helicopter accidents was applauded today by industry leaders at Heli-Expo with a re-commitment to the IHST’s efforts and continuing support for the IHST’s government and industry partnership to enhance safety. Worldwide Safety Prior to the IHST’s formation in 2006, the number of worldwide civil helicopter accidents was rising at a rate of 2.5 percent per year. Since 2006, while the worldwide civil helicopter fleet has grown by 30 percent, the number of accidents worldwide has decreased in key global regions from 24 percent up to more than 50 percent, and the accident rate in key regions has decreased within a range of 40 to 60 percent. [Read More...]


Tags: IHST



May
09
2016

EXECUTIVE WATCH: JOHN FRASCA Family and Flexibility in Flight Simulation

Posted by jhadmin

When talking to Frasca International President and CEO John Frasca, one quickly discerns that not only does F begin his last name, but that letter coincides with other words relevant to who he is and what he does: Family and Flexibility. It’s telling that the current generation of Frascas do not shine the light of success on themselves. Rather, the company website and brochure only speak of the founding father. Not even John Frasca is profiled. In an age of self-adulation and promotion, that may seem somewhat quaint … and refreshing. However, this lack of limelight is not surprising when you hear the humble way the son’s promotion to leadership in 2011 was announced to Frasca International’s staff—and to John Frasca himself. “We were just having a summer company party out at the airport with all of the employees, and Dad picked up the microphone and said, ‘Oh, by the way everybody, John’s taking over; he’s going to be president,’” says Frasca. [Read More...]



Tags: Flight Simulators frasca
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryCompany Profiles categoryHuman Interest



May
02
2016

HELIDOSA AVIATION - PIONEERS IN PARADISE

Posted by jhadmin

Many of the greatest adventure stories begin with three simple words: There I was…. This tale of a pioneering aviation company in the setting of insanely turquoise blue waters, white sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, and lush mountain jungles deserves an adventurous introduction. So ... THERE I WAS sitting in a car wash parking lot at a busy intersection in downtown Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola. (We’ll get to the water and jungles later.) I’m knocking back a frosty Presidente beer and chili dog empanada. After four days in this country, I am starting to feel “Dominicanized.” I’m thinking I could live in this paradise and frequently nurse a cold beer. But the nagging question is: Where would I work? [Read More...]

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Tags: Helidosa
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryCompany Profiles



Apr
26
2016

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - David Tappe

Posted by jhadmin

RPMN: What is your current position? I currently serve as the director of training and standards for CHI Aviation. In my position I coordinate training, in concert with department heads, for all company employees including pilots, mechanics, fuel truck drivers, etc. On the standards side, I participate in auditing, receiving feedback, and assisting the standardization committee in ensuring standards are created and met. I also perform duties as a captain in both the CH-47D and AS-332L1 aircraft. [Read More...]



Tags: David Tappe meet a rotorcraft pro
Categories: categoryHuman Interest categoryCareer Development



Apr
19
2016

2016 Salary and Benefits Survey

Posted by jhadmin

Last year we launched Rotorcraft Pro’s annual U.S. Pilot Salary & Benefits Survey. Traditional surveys of decades past were sent directly to employers by snail mail in ballot form, then collected and tabulated. This old method did provide interesting results, but because employers are reticent to reveal the exact salaries and benefits they provide, the sampling could be rather small and probably wasn’t always representative of the larger whole. We felt using modern online technology to survey actual pilots and their employers would generate more interest throughout the industry. Wow, did it ever! Like last year, this year’s survey had excellent participation. We again got the latest information on pilots: [Read More...]



Tags: 2016 Salary Survey Report
Categories: categoryCareer Development



Apr
11
2016

BY THE BOOK – PART 1

Posted by jhadmin

Ever had someone sneak up behind you while twisting a wrench and inquire if you were doing it “by the book”? Ever wonder what book they were referring to? What follows is my own unconventional interpretation. I’m by no means an expert. However, after years of practicing I think I can get this as mixed up as the best of them. [Read More...]

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Tags: Helicopter Maintenance Scott Skola
Categories: categoryTraining



Apr
04
2016

HELICOPTER FLIGHT TRAINING CENTER MAKES 2+2=5

Posted by jhadmin

For those not familiar with Metro Aviation, HFTC’s parent company, it has two main facets to its business. First and foremost, it is an EMS helicopter operator with over 130 aircraft in operation. Second, it’s also a Part 145 maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility, as well as a helicopter completion center. According to Palmer and Mike Stanberry, Metro’s CEO, the impetus for creating HFTC was two-fold. Twelve years ago, Metro Aviation saw value in using simulation when it began using FlightSafety simulators for certain aspects of its Part 135 training programs. Not only is simulation training less expensive, but it also reduces the risk of damaging aircraft in training. However, as Metro Aviation’s teams grew, the cost of paying retail prices for training from a variety of third-party vendors began to grow as well. So the initial idea for creating HFTC was born out of necessity. It was a way to bring both pilot training and mechanic training back in-house, allowing for cost effective improvements in quality and standardization. [Read More...]

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Tags: frasca Helicopter Flight Training Center (HFTC) Metro Aviation
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryTraining


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