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Jul
24
2016

FAA Updated Guidance: Almost Lost in Translation

Posted by jhadmin

Beginning last year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released several training-related guidance updates. These releases included advisory circulars, a national policy notice, and most recently, the Flight Instructor Helicopter Practical Test Standards (PTS). In several of my previous training articles, I referred to subject matter affected by the release of this new guidance. I would now like to review a few of the specific documents released by the FAA and provide an overview of how changes may affect you. [Read More...]



Tags: FAA
Categories: categoryTraining categoryRegulatory



Jul
18
2016

The Evolution of CRM

Posted by jhadmin

In the 1960s and ‘70s a disease seemed to strike the airline industry that caused airliners to crash for no known reason. NASA called a “Resource Management on the Flight Deck” workshop that identified human error as the main cause of several high-profile accidents. NASA’s research uncovered that from 1968 to 1976 there were 60 airliners that crashed due to elements of human error. Researching back further through the Boeing archives to 1940, NASA discovered that four out of five accidents—80 percent—had an element of human error. Since that workshop, six generations of CRM have emerged. [Read More...]



Tags: crm Helicopter Accidents and Safety
Categories: categorySafety categoryTraining categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jul
04
2016

FINDING THE RIGHT MRO FOR YOUR NEXT-GENERATION HELICOPTER

Posted by jhadmin

Congratulations! You’ve graduated from owning a 30 year old, second-hand, twin-engine helicopter to a spanking new Airbus Helicopters H175, AgustaWestland AW189, Sikorsky S-76D, or some other next-generation rotorcraft equipped with the latest systems. Now that you own this machine, where are you going to have it serviced? Is the MRO that kept your aging helicopter flying able to do the same for your shiny new helicopter? If not, how can you find service before it’s too late? [Read More...]

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Tags: MRO
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jul
04
2016

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Bill Orvis

Posted by jhadmin

RPMN: What is your current position? I’ve just recently accepted the position of chief pilot at Sundance Helicopters in Las Vegas. This means I’m now responsible for the hiring, training, and scheduling of pilots under CFR part 135. We have anywhere between 35 and 60 pilots, depending on the time of year, which makes it a major challenge to balance the needs of the operation versus the needs of the human operating the helicopter. I work with a bunch of good people though, so I’m looking forward to leading the troops for the foreseeable future. [Read More...]



Tags: meet a rotorcraft pro
Categories: categoryHuman Interest categoryTraining categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jun
28
2016

Does Your Law Enforcement Agency Have An Aviation Unit?

Posted by jhadmin

If your answer to that question is “Yes,” but you are concerned about funding, or if the answer is “No,” but you want to turn that no into a yes, then this is the article for you. Ever since helicopters first entered law enforcement in the 1940s, agencies have been facing the fiscal challenge of how to fund such capital-intensive assets. Agencies have historically—and in many cases, automatically—assumed that purchasing an aviation unit is the only way have one. This approach relies heavily upon a significant capital budget allocation that may only be available during periods characterized by: (1) a sound economy, (2) a growing population, and (3) a generally prosperous citizenship to absorb the requisite increase in taxes. Unfortunately, the timing that dictates the need for an air asset may not coincide with all of these conditions being met. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Leasing
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jun
21
2016

BATTLE ON THE BORDER - U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s McAllen Air and Marine Branch

Posted by jhadmin

For several decades now, illegal immigration and security along the Mexican border has been a political hot potato for citizens and legislators alike. Politicians have thrown it back and forth, hoping the potato would cool. Well, thanks to a certain 2016 U.S. presidential candidate turning up the heat, it seems the illegal immigration issue is hotter than ever. The fall of 2015 found Donald J. Trump making statements like, “Not only will we (the U.S.) build a wall on the Mexican border, but Mexico will pay for it.” That, and many other soundbites, turned a political potato into a political fireball, and the issue is once again on the American public’s front burner. [Read More...]

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Tags: US Customs and Border Patrol
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jun
13
2016

Executive Watch - Chris Emerson of Airbus Helicopters

Posted by jhadmin

Being the president of Airbus Helicopters is one of the great responsibilities in the rotorcraft world. Over 23,000 employees generate over $6 billion in revenue while manufacturing and delivering some of the top flagship aircraft in the industry. The leader of this global OEM must be driven, yet calm and calculating. So one wonders: Would Chris Emerson be the president of Airbus Helicopters had he not seen a photo of a naked man wearing a résumé to cover his front and backside? Admittedly, that’s quite a question, and one that requires travelling to find the answer. Which is exactly what that newspaper photo inspired young Emerson, then a student at the University of Alabama in the early 1990s, to do. He recalls, “Unemployment at that time was rather high. This guy in San Francisco had posted his résumé on two billboards that covered his front and rear. I thought: Wow, is it that desperate? What am I going to do to stand out?” [Read More...]



Tags: Airbus Helicopters Chris Emerson Executive Watch
Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Jun
13
2016

PHPA Speaks Out Regarding Helicopter Noise

Posted by jhadmin

Last month, the Professional Helicopters Pilots Association put out a statement regarding the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition (LAAHNC) Ongoing Efforts to Solicit Complaints Against Helicopter Noise which read: The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association is troubled with the LAAHNC’s ongoing efforts to solicit helicopter complaints from Los Angeles residents. Although we encourage people to utilize the Federal Aviation Administration’s automated helicopter noise complaint system when they are bothered by helicopter noise, it appears the LAAHNC may be encouraging people to “game” the system and make multiple complaints on single incidents or simply complain about any sort of noise and attribute that noise to helicopters. The LAAHNC also continues to proclaim that no progress with regard to helicopter noise has been made. [Read More...]



Tags: PHPA
Categories: categoryRegulatory categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jun
06
2016

Word on the Street: AHSAFA - American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association

Posted by jhadmin

For the aerial firefighting industry, 2016 is evolving into a transitional year. Fleet modernization is accelerating along with retirements of aging, legacy aircraft. Specifically, operators are focusing on technology which will enhance safety, reliability, and capabilities. To cite one example, Helimax Aviation is in the final assembly stages of a 2,500 gallon internal water tank installation on its former US Army CH-47D Chinooks, with FAA certification anticipated by June 15th of this year. Upon certification, the tank is to be installed in its two Chinooks for the 2016 fire season, with USFS approval. The system will be capable of multiple drops of varying capacity on the same spot, drawing water from sources as shallow as 18 inches. Turnaround times will be reduced, given the greater volume of water compared to the 2,000 gallon bucket system currently used. Other advantages include less downtime attributed to bucket failures, and long-line problems. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Firefighting Utility
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



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


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