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Jun
30
2015

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro – Heather Howley

Posted by jhadmin

RPMN: How did you get your start in helicopters? The first job I had was as a CFI for a company that went out of business. My second job was with a company that changed ownership. My business, Independent Helicopters, started with $25, a lease agreement with Matt Spitzer, and a positive attitude. So, you could say I have had three starts. Independent Helicopters was where it all really started. I hit the ground running with no safety net and never looked back. [Read More...]



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Jun
22
2015

Hey Instructor…Why Do YOU Teach?

Posted by jhadmin

Without reservation, I can say that I have found my passion in life. I love teaching the art of helicopter flight. I don’t know when, where, or why my passion for sharing my love for helicopters developed, I only know that I enjoy it. Equally enjoyable is serving the FAA as a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). Do all instructors share this passion? If not, what motivates instructors in their vital role within our industry? [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Flight Training Randy Rowles Rotorcraft Checkride
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryTraining



Jun
15
2015

My Two Cents Worth - May 2015

Posted by jhadmin

Maintenance engineers and mechanics have known about ‘The Dirty Dozen’ for years. They are the 12 most common human error preconditions or conditions that act as precursors to accidents or incidents for mechanics. I first learned about The Dirty Dozen when I put together a crew resource management course for helicopter engineers and mechanics. I instantly realized that pilots would be safer if they knew about these dozen error traps too. The Dirty Dozen is a concept developed in 1993 by Gordon DuPont, when he worked for Transport Canada. They have since become a cornerstone in maintenance training courses worldwide. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Safety helicopter training My Two Cents Worth Randy Mains The Dirty Dozen
Categories: categoryTraining categorySafety categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jun
08
2015

Rotorcraft Pro 2015 U.S. Salary & Benefits Survey

Posted by jhadmin

This year, we at Rotorcraft Pro decided to take a look at helicopter salaries in the industry. There has not been an industry wide effort in the area of salary surveys for nearly a decade and we felt it would be a point of interest for many in the industry, to include pilots and employers. How much do helicopter pilots make? How much are you worth? The first question is fairly easy to answer since all it requires is going through a series of data collection and analysis steps. The second question however is a personal one that requires some introspection and comparative analysis. In other words, everyone wants to know where they stand in relation to their peers in the rest of the industry. Additionally, in order to be competitively attractive, employers want to know whether or not their salary structure is competitive. [Read More...]



Tags: Rotorcraft Pro Salary Survey
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jun
02
2015

How to Cut Your Helicopter Insurance Costs

Posted by jhadmin

Insurance is a necessity for helicopter owners. You need it to protect your investment and cover any liability costs should an accident occur. This said, there is no reason to pay more for insurance than you have to. So how do you reduce your policy costs? Here’s what helicopter insurance experts told us. [Read More...]



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Categories: categoryRegulatory



May
26
2015

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro – Ernie Fagg

Posted by jhadmin

RPMN: What has been your most challenging job in the industry? The most challenging job in the industry is to find enough technicians of suitable intellect, work ethic, and attitude to train to our demanding standards, and to also find the technicians that will retain these qualities. Many technicians in the helicopter industry find the opportunities for advancement, in both position and pay, to be limiting after a few years. [Read More...]



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Categories: categoryHuman Interest categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryCareer Development



May
18
2015

Game of Drones

Posted by jhadmin

The FAA has formally proposed a new Part 107 to the FARs covering unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds. It would allow these microdrones (what the FAA officially calls “small Unmanned Aircraft Systems” or “sUAS”) to be flown for commercial purposes by certificated DRone OPerators (DROPs) as long as they fly below 500 feet AGL within their line of sight, during the daytime, and outside Class A, B, C, and D airspace. DROPs can obtain certification by passing a knowledge test and a security screening, but they need not hold conventional pilots’ licenses, undergo skills testing or have minimum levels of flight experience. The public—obviously including the helicopter community—has until 24 April 2015 to submit comments, which can be done online at www.regulation.gov, by searching for the docket number: FAA-2015-0150-0017. [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryRegulatory



May
04
2015

Helicopter Leasing Creates Options for Operators

Posted by jhadmin

Leasing — it’s not just for automobiles anymore. As proven by the growth of the helicopter leasing industry, rotorcraft operators are increasingly obtaining leases to boost their capabilities, without adding millions in debt to their balance sheets. Helicopter leasing company Milestone Aviation Group was founded just five years ago in 2010, but now owns 168 helicopters valued at over $2.8 billion and has leases signed with 26 operators in more than 20 countries. Milestone also has $3 billion of new aircraft on order, including AgustaWestland AW139s, AW169s, and AW189s, Airbus EC175s and EC225s, and Sikorsky S-76Ds and S-92s. In the fall of 2014, the company was acquired by GE Capital Aviation Services for $1.78 billion. [Read More...]

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May
04
2015

Celebrate Mother’s Day by Honoring the Medical Flight Teams Who Take Care of Our Families: One Family’s Tale of How Air Medical Services Saved Them

Posted by jhadmin

This Mother’s Day, it’s important for us to give thanks to our mothers, but also to a committed group of men and women who provide care to most ill and injured mothers, fathers and children across the country, each and every day. Air medical flight teams, while not the most widely recognized of emergency care providers, deserve an extra pat on the back this Mother’s Day. Think of them as civilian soldiers on a mission for all of us, including our Moms. [Read More...]



Tags: AAMS Association of Air Medical Services EMS Helicopters
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryHuman Interest



Apr
27
2015

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro – Ken Jones

Posted by jhadmin

RPMN: What is your current position? I am the aviation standardization officer for 97th Aviation Troop Command (similar to a brigade) and the senior standardization instructor pilot (SIP) in the AH-64D Apache Longbow for the Utah National Guard. I have been in the Army for over 35 years, flying the Apache for nearly 30 years. In my position, I oversee the flight training of all Apache pilots in Utah. Prior to joining the Guard, I was on active duty for 12 years and also have experience flying the AH-1 Cobra (as an IP), OH-58 Kiowa Scout, UH-1 Huey, and UH-60 Blackhawk. [Read More...]



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