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Feb
08
2016

Checkride Etiquette - Look Like a Rotorcraft Pro!

Posted by jhadmin

My wife and I recently went to see a movie starring Robert De Niro. I truly enjoy most of his movies, however I wasn’t really sure at first I would like his latest: The Intern. In it De Niro portrays 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker looking to come out of retirement to fill a void left by the passing of his wife. I wound up enjoying the movie and related to Whittaker’s journey and perspective on the ever-changing workplace. In the movie, Whittaker’s co-workers are much younger than him, thus their work culture is somewhat different. From Day One, his co-workers comment on the way he dresses while mocking his work ethic. I won’t spoil the ending, however this movie got me thinking: Are my expectations of our younger pilot population too out of touch? After much thought and reflection, my answer is: I don’t think so. [Read More...]



Tags: Randy Rowles Rotorcraft Checkride
Categories: categoryCareer Development



Jan
18
2016

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro – Ken Ramos

Posted by jhadmin

RP: In your view, what is the greatest challenge for the helicopter industry at this moment in time? It’s safety versus revenue. Helicopters are very expensive but provide a necessary service to the community. From medical missions to airborne law enforcement to electronic news gathering, helicopters are great tools. Training and maintenance cost bite into the revenue stream, but without proper training and diligent maintenance there won’t be a revenue stream. Maintaining a safety culture is probably the biggest challenge. It takes everyone, from the pilot to the mechanic, and from the director of operations to the director of maintenance, to keep this industry safe. [Read More...]



Tags: Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Ken Ramos
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryHuman Interest



Jan
11
2016

Fundamentals of Learning…What’s that?

Posted by jhadmin

Over the years, I have developed a few instructional techniques that I use when teaching students. One such technique has proven beneficial time after time, and begins at the first meeting with the student. Once a student is assigned to me, I’ll reach out to them to introduce myself, and schedule their first ground school session. I request they bring their spouse or significant other, and let them know that this first ground school session is on me…as in FREE! [Read More...]



Tags: Randy Rowles Rotorcraft Checkride
Categories: categoryTraining categoryCareer Development



Jan
04
2016

My Two Cents - Electronic Flight Bag...Yeah, in My Dreams

Posted by jhadmin

Occasionally fate (sometimes luck) steps in to break a link in an error chain, serving to protect us from ourselves. That’s what happened to me in August 1974 while ferrying a Hughes 300C 300 miles, from McArthur River Cattle Station in the Northern Territory of Australia to Mt. Isa, for the aircraft’s scheduled 100-hour inspection. I’d been flying over parched, featureless landscape for 30 minutes; each minute becoming more and more perplexed because nothing I saw outside fit my woefully inadequate map. [Read More...]



Tags: My Two Cents Randy Mains
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest



Dec
28
2015

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro - Paul Uster

Posted by jhadmin

RP: Have you ever had an “Oh, crap” moment in a helicopter? Can you summarize what happened? I was flying an EC135 on a checkride when part of the rotor control system came apart. Fortunately, we were less than 500 feet above the ground at Casa Grande Muncipal Airport in Arizona. The check pilot and I controlled the aircraft (sort of) to a crash landing, which destroyed the helicopter. We both walked away with minor injuries. Neither one of us thought we would survive the extreme violent gyrations of the flight/crash. Getting shot down in the jungle in Vietnam was equally as scary, just different because of the wait for extraction. [Read More...]



Tags: meet a rotorcraft pro Paul Uster
Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Dec
21
2015

Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion

Posted by jhadmin

In 1999, I was an EMS pilot flying a brand new Sikorsky S76C+. I truly felt privileged to have an all-glass cockpit, with the exception of the standby airspeed, altimeter, and attitude indicator dials. With EFIS displays showing my primary flight data, and multi-function displays (MFDs) showing aircraft performance data and a moving map display . . . well, I kind of felt we were on the “bleeding edge” of technology in helicopter aviation. I will not lie; transitioning from traditional round flight instruments to all digital displays was not easy. Although I considered myself as someone who embraced technology, years of scanning habits were very hard to break. This was especially true when it came to my brain interpreting airspeed and altitude. Seeing the pointers on a round gage seemed more intuitive than reading a vertical tape and digital readout. My transition was becoming an on-the-job experiment in human factors and ergonomics in the cockpit. After several months, I realized that I was still relying on the standby instruments, and not looking much at the data on the EFIS display. No matter how hard I tried, when the workload was high, the standby instruments were my go-to location when scanning for primary flight information. [Read More...]

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Tags: Pro Line Fusion Rockwell Collins
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Dec
14
2015

The 61.75 Foreign Pilot Verification Process - Verify, Verify, Verify!

Posted by jhadmin

To provide a path for a pilot holding a pilot certificate from another country to operate a U.S. registered aircraft, the FAA publishes Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 61.75. Within this FAR, a pilot can apply for and be issued a private pilot (PPL) certificate from the FAA, based upon their foreign pilot certificate. To receive this certification, no additional testing is required as long as the foreign pilot certificate is valid and the applicant meets minimum English speaking requirements of ICAO Level 4 proficiency. [Read More...]



Tags: Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 61.75 Rotorcraft Checkride
Categories: categoryTraining



Dec
07
2015

Saving Lives By Saving Time With Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

Posted by jhadmin

With over 24 years of experience, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has achieved a strong reputation for delivering the very best pre-hospital emergency care to patients across the Midlands region of the United Kingdom (UK). From just one Bolkow 105 helicopter flying out of a temporary airbase in Shropshire, to three state-of-the-art EC135 helicopters serving the largest air ambulance region in England with a population of in excess of 6 million people, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity certainly has come a long way since 1991. [Read More...]

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Tags: Midlands Air Ambulance Charity
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryCompany Profiles



Nov
30
2015

Rotorcraft Pro 2015 Innovators Contest Winners

Posted by jhadmin

There are lots of companies in the helicopter industry, both large and small, who are innovative but go unnoticed. The Rotorcraft Pro Innovators Contest set out to fix that by soliciting submissions of products and services considered to be innovative. We received dozens of entries from big companies like Airbus and Rockwell Collins, as well as from small companies like TT Aerospace and Helipad Kneeboards. Once all submissions were in, a neutral panel narrowed the field down to the top 20, which were then presented via Rotorcraft Pro’s Facebook page for a social media vote-off where 4,900 votes were cast. The top three finishers are receiving prestigious engraved glass awards (with all associated bragging rights) and the winner is also being awarded $5,000 worth of advertising in Rotorcraft Pro. Thanks to all the innovators and pioneers out there who make products and provide services that keep our industry moving forward! [Read More...]



Tags: Rotorcraft Pro Innovators Contest
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Nov
23
2015

Why I Stayed On As a HEMS Pilot

Posted by jhadmin

Flying a HEMS helicopter was one of the most dangerous jobs I’ve ever had. One might rightly ask: Why would I stay in a job when I knew it was so hazardous? I did it because the rewards of the job were many; even reaching far beyond knowing I’d played a part in saving a human life. Children often wanted to interview me or one of the other two Life Flight pilots for papers they were writing in school. Many times, it was hard to live up to the lofty image they had of you. But the adulation didn’t come from just kids. At least once a week someone would stop one of us in the U.C. San Diego Medical Center hallways or the hospital cafeteria and thank us for, in their words, “the wonderful job you’re doing,” or “the humane service you provide,” or most likely for our personal contribution for saving the life of their friend or loved one. [Read More...]



Tags: My Two Cents Randy Rowles
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial


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