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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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Categories: categoryHuman Interest categoryHelicopter Sectors



Apr
22
2015

My Two Cents Worth - April 2015

Posted by jhadmin

In the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner hears ghostly voices coming from his Iowa cornfield telling him, “If you build it they will come,” meaning he should build a baseball diamond and former members from the Chicago Black Sox would come. Each day for the two months that I worked building a crew resource management instructor’s course, a similar line kept replaying in my head: What if I build it and no one comes? [Read More...]



Tags: Crew Resource Management crm Helicopter Safety My Two Cents Worth Randy Mains
Categories: categoryTraining categorySafety categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



Apr
22
2015

Operational Decision Making: Life after Flight Training

Posted by jhadmin

Within the flight training industry, a key component to mitigating risk is standardization. Providing the student and instructor with repeatable tools to aid in the decision-making process provides a predictable environment in which flight training can occur safely. However, this may be a double-edged sword. On one side you have a highly standardized method of operating that is repeatable, predictable, and offers very little in the form of operational risk. On the other side, the student pilot is offered very little opportunity to make operational decisions. The key to becoming a safe, competent helicopter pilot is the ability to make good decisions. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Flight Training Randy Rowles Rotorcraft Checkride



Apr
20
2015

THE RIGHT STUFF What is Your SMS Missing?

Posted by jhadmin

As a member of the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) Safety Management System (SMS) Working Group, we attempt to provide helicopter professionals with useful ideas and tools to help with their SMS implementation and sustainment. As you might imagine, the needs of aviation programs can vary widely depending on the size and scope of the operation. Despite the FAA’s reluctance to regulate SMS for other than Part 121 operators in the U.S., many proactive aviation companies and agencies have voluntarily begun their own implementation with varied results. By now, most of us in this industry are familiar with SMS and its four pillars: (1) safety policy (2) safety risk management (3) safety assurance (4) safety promotion. (If these four components aren’t familiar to you, it’s time to get out of the cave and see the light!) These items are interrelated and are the essential framework for an organization’s SMS program. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Safety Safety Management System (SMS) US Helicopter Safety Team USHST
Categories: categorySafety categoryTraining



Apr
20
2015

OEM Action 2015

Posted by jhadmin

2015 promises to be an exciting year in helicopter development, as OEMs push the envelope on advanced technologies to deliver more speed, higher flight ceilings, and improved fuel efficiency. Here are some of the most exciting trends to watch for over the next 12 months, some of which will be seen at Heli-Expo 2015. [Read More...]

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Tags: Agusta Westland Airbus Helicopters bell Composite Helicopters MD Helicopters OEM Robinson Helicopters Sikorsky Helicopters
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Apr
15
2015

My Two Cents Worth - March 2015

Posted by RandyMains

“The doctor told me I’d never walk again,” former Utah flight nurse Stein Rosqvist told the group with obvious emotion. “I saw that wheelchair being pushed towards me down the corridor and said, ‘That’s definitely not for me.’” Through months of physical therapy by a nurse that would not permit him to say, “I can’t,” Stein walks today. His is just one of the stories I heard during the three-day digital story workshop I attended recently in Denver, Colorado. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter EMS My Two Cents Worth Randy Mains
Categories: categoryTraining categorySafety categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



Apr
15
2015

Helicopter Cross-Country: Getting There is Only Half the Fun

Posted by RandyRowles

The FAA requires all initial pilot certificate applicants (except ATP) to demonstrate cross-country proficiency during a practical test. The Practical Test Standard (PTS) Area of Operation identifying the proficiency to be demonstrated is titled “Navigation.” Tasks included within this section of the PTS are pilotage and dead reckoning, radio navigation and radar services, diversion, and lost procedures. This portion of the exam is intended to verify that the student has sufficient knowledge to fly a helicopter safely outside of his or her local flying area. [Read More...]



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Apr
06
2015

ZEROING IN ON SAFETY

Posted by jhadmin

In today's safety culture, zeroing in on the “who and what” of unsafe acts has become the new priority—again. Companies have been working overtime to arrive at a common safety destination, or to target specific safety practices in an effort to reduce the number of incidents. Yet, injuries still occur and aircraft are still damaged. [Read More...]

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



Mar
30
2015

MAVERICK HELICOPTERS Bold Name, Bold Company

Posted by jhadmin

In 1995, former U.S. Army helicopter pilot Greg Rochna, along with his wife Brenda, made a decision to try and build a better helicopter tour company in a very competitive market. It was a bold mission, considering that the Las Vegas/Grand Canyon helicopter tour market was well established and dominated by several mature players. As it turns out, the couple’s decision to start Maverick Helicopters was one of the best business decisions of their lives. [Read More...]

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Tags: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours Helicopter Tours Maverick Helicopters
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



Mar
16
2015

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Matt Johnson

Posted by jhadmin

RPMN: What is your current position? After spending nearly several years in the HEMS industry, I just recently started flying for a sheriff’s office in southwest Ohio (Cincinnati). I came out of an EC145 in HEMS and am now in an MD500E and MD520N. I greatly enjoyed HEMS, however, it is nice wiggling the stick again and not just pushing buttons and turning knobs. My current position is never boring and allows me to fly much more than I did as a HEMS pilot. [Read More...]



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