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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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Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



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...]



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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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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...]



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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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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


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