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Sep
01
2015

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro - Natalie Jones

Posted by jhadmin

Where did you get your start flying commercially? After the Alaskan summer tour season was over with TEMSCO, I decided to continue my aviation endeavor at Precision Aviation located in Newberg, Oregon, flying a Schweizer 269C. There is where I achieved my additional ratings: fixed-wing add-on to my helicopter private, commercial helicopter, instrument airplane and helicopter, and helicopter CFI. I continued to instruct at Precision for a couple of years to build my hours and then moved straight into the world of flying a heavy helicopter as second in command (SIC) in a copilot position. I quickly concluded that a heavy helicopter is where my heart belongs. Not only do I love flying utility in the “big iron,” I also enjoy the camaraderie that comes out of working with so many different people from such diverse backgrounds. In this industry we have a bond because of our shared goals and experiences. You don’t necessarily have to be best friends with everyone in the group to know you have their support or that you are there to support someone else. [Read More...]



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Aug
24
2015

Spies in the Oil Field - My Two Cents July 2015

Posted by jhadmin

If I were to answer the question as to why I love the helicopter industry so much, I would have to say it’s because of the quirky characters I’ve met and worked with over the years. Characters that immediately come to mind are guys like “Lofty” because of his extraordinary height, “Bambi” because of his doe-brown eyes, a Brit we called “Captain Kleenex” because he had a sinus condition that caused him to leave tissues strewn about all over the cockpit, “Too Tall McCall” because he was short, and an Australian we all called “Trackless” because he was even shorter than Two Tall. (In fact, he was much shorter because his legs were so short his butt would drag behind him and wipe out his tracks, hence the name.) There was also Robert “Don’t call me Bob” because that’s how he introduced himself, “Squeaky Cheeks” because he had an odd walk, a New Zealander we called “Sumo” because he resembled a Sumo Wrestler, a Brit we called “Crusher” because he landed on a load handler hooking up an underslung load on a wellhead in the oil field and “slightly” crushed him. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Oil and Gas My Two Cents Randy Mains
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest categoryTraining categoryHelicopter Sectors



Aug
17
2015

Bleeding Erickson Orange - The Big Picture at Erickson Aviation

Posted by jhadmin

Rotorcraft Pro Editor-in-Chief Lyn Burks recently visited Erickson Aviation’s Oregon operations to learn more about how the company’s recent investments are poising it for future growth. Imagine you’re a helicopter operator and the phone rings. When you pick it up the conversation goes something like this. Caller: “Hello, I represent the community of Pangnirtung.” You: “P-a-n-t-y – what? I’m sorry, what was the name again?” Caller: “Pangnirtung. Do you know where that is? You: “I’m sorry, I do not. Should I?” Caller: “It’s a small village located on Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut in Northern Canada, just outside the Arctic Circle. It’s one of the most remote and sparsely settled regions in the world.” You: “Oh, OK. Remote, ice, polar bears … got it! So what can I do for you?” Caller: “Well our entire village relies on diesel generators for power and we recently had a fire destroy four of them, leaving many residents with no electricity at all. As you can imagine, no power in this area with temps hitting -17° is a problem. We have a line on several new generators, but they are 160 miles away in the town of Iqaluit. We believe the only way to get them to our remote community in a timely manner is to have them lifted in by helicopter. Is this something that you can do?” You: “Sure, that’s what we do. We specialize in moving heaving things, in very hard-to-reach locations, and in extreme conditions.” [Read More...]

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Tags: Erickson Aircrane
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Aug
08
2015

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro – Richard Bray

Posted by jhadmin

RPMN: When and how did you choose to fly helicopters? Or did they choose you? I found out about the R-22 and civilian helicopter flight training completely by accident, I saw a helicopter on display at a recreational vehicle show and talked to the pilots and read a brochure. I knew absolutely nothing about it or what questions to ask, but it was a great discovery and it’s been a great career. I’m glad I was ignorant of the business at the time, because if I had known about flight hour requirements for different jobs or turbine time etc. I might not have ever gotten started. [Read More...]



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Aug
04
2015

RISING ARIZONA Unit Serves Many … in Many Ways

Posted by jhadmin

During the summer months people don`t realize how quickly the brutal Arizona heat can dehydrate them. This, and other emergency situations often require an immediate response. To provide that response, in 1972 after a 3-year study that included an 18-month proof of concept through the Air Medical Evacuation System (AMES) project, the Arizona DPS initiated an air rescue unit utilizing Bell 206 Jet Rangers. Now after 43 years of continuous service, DPS Air Rescue performs hundreds of rescues every year. After the Jet Rangers, the unit obtained Bell 206L-3 Long Rangers, which performed well until they were replaced with the current fleet of four Bell 407 helicopters. [Read More...]

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Tags: Arizona DPS EMS Helicopters Law Enforcement Helicopters Rising Arizona
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Jul
25
2015

Flight Instructors: Know Thy Neighbors!

Posted by jhadmin

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: Randy Rowles
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Jul
20
2015

Communication Breakdown - My Two Cents June 2015 Issue

Posted by jhadmin

The problem with communication is the perception that it’s been achieved. —George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright Boy, was ol’ George right. Communication is central to effective crew resource management. An ambiguous message, whether written or spoken, can lead to fatal consequences. With that thought in mind, one would think airline executives, when drafting memos to flight crews, would take great pains to avoid ambiguity at all cost. Apparently, they don’t. Consider the following 1996 memo distributed to pilots at British Airways in an effort to clarify new pilot role titles: [Read More...]



Tags: My Two Cents Randy Mains
Categories: categoryTraining categorySafety categoryCareer Development categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jul
13
2015

The H/V Curve: What They Didn’t Teach You in Ground School

Posted by jhadmin

Call it what you want: H/V (height/velocity) curve, dead man’s curve, or even “limiting height-speed envelope” for those who like sophisticated phrases. The “dead man’s curve” term is probably a carryover from our fixed-wing brethren. The helicopter industry generally accepts the simple reference of H/V curve. The inside of the curve is the area from which it will be difficult, or nearly impossible, to make a safe landing following an engine failure (if you are in the same conditions depicted with respect to airspeed, height above ground, weight, and density altitude). [Read More...]

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Tags: Autorotations Dead Man's Curve H/V Curve Matt Johnson
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Jul
06
2015

CAL FIRE’S CONTINUOUS SEASON

Posted by jhadmin

Every wildfire is different and every wildfire must be respected. It is another triple-digit afternoon, and the third call-out of the day. The radios are awash in static and layers of non-stop chatter. With each hiss and scratch, a mental picture is drawn of the size and scope of the fire. Each crew member prepares for what is to come, and tries to push down rising adrenaline with an outward façade of calm. Both S-2 air tankers have already made their initial drops and are heading back to base to reload and return. Directed in by the airtactical plane orbiting the columns of smoke, the gleaming white and red UH-1H ‘Super Huey’ charges in at low-level and banks hard to the left. Eyes inside the rotorcraft thoroughly survey the area through airborne debris and haze for any threats adjacent to their chosen landing zone. [Read More...]

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Tags: CALFIRE Helicopter Firefighting
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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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