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Sep
21
2020

Executive Watch - Steve Wysong, President of Wysong Enterprises Inc.

Posted by jhadmin

Steve Wysong, the pioneering founder of avionics company, Wysong Enterprises, was born in Dayton, Ohio. That’s fitting, for Dayton also birthed another pioneering aviation shop started by the Wright Brothers. Like those famous flyers, Wysong’s life didn’t have the smoothest takeoff. His pastor-in-training father died before Wysong was born. He was raised by his mother and grandmother—and his grandfather’s power tools. The mother and grandmother nurtured their young boy and the tools occupied his hands and trained his brain. He says, “I didn’t have a lot of father guidance, so I had to do a lot of experimenting and teaching myself how to work with these tools. I played with them a lot and developed pretty good technical skills.” [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Avionics Steve Wysong Wysong Enterprises
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Aug
31
2020

Two Bear Air Rescue: Working Together to Save Lives

Posted by jhadmin

Started as a philanthropic project by venture capitalist Michael Goguen and an innovative group of pilots, Two Bear Air Rescue is a unique air support service bridging the gap between local law enforcement and helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operators. Covering an area larger than 120,000 square miles, their operations provide a critical lifeline to the millions of tourists who visit the breathtaking outdoor scenery from Yellowstone to Glacier National Park. Primarily performing search and rescue (SAR), they are an invaluable asset to local law enforcement. On the north end of Glacier Park International Airport, sits an unassuming hangar with an American flag flying out front. Inside lies the operations hub for Two Bear Air Rescue. The team is quite small for the impact that they have in the region. Consisting of a dispatcher, director of maintenance, three pilots, two full-time rescue specialists, and nine volunteer rescuers, they are all united by a common goal: saving lives. “As Mike would say, if we can save one life, then all of this is worth it,” says Flathead County Sheriff and Rescue Specialist Brian Heino. That attitude shows in the mindset of every team member. [Read More...]



Tags: Bell 429 Rescue Helicopter Flathead County Sheriff’s Office Helicopter Rescue helicopter search and rescue L3 WESCAM MX-10 camera Recco locator devices Two Bear Air Rescue
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Jul
27
2020

Executive Watch - Trevor McIntyre, TracPlus CEO

Posted by jhadmin

TracPlus, headquartered in New Zealand, coordinates collaboration and communication between first responders on a shared platform that has now logged 6,500,000 flight hours, which seems to approximate how many academic credit hours the technology company’s CEO, Trevor McIntyre, has accumulated. The executive has a bachelor’s degree and postgraduate degrees from Rhodes University in his native land of South Africa, as well as a further postgraduate degree from the University of Natal, and a Master’s Degree (with first class honors) from the National College of Ireland. Then there are his two professional charters as well. He’s a Chartered Accountant through his fellowship in the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. That’s impressive book-cracking. However, you’d be mistaken if you deemed McIntyre an ivory tower student detached from the real business world. Most of those degrees were earned in night classes while he pursued his career in the light of day day with Big Four accounting consulting firms, like KPMG and PWC, helping companies recognize their strengths and find their sometimes hidden flaws. “Studying that way (at night) taught me how to manage my time effectively and that you can fit more into your life than you believe that you can. I believe that education is a key part of constantly striving to improve yourself. My parents were both teachers and really emphasized the importance of lifelong learning to my brothers and I. It is a key part of what I try to embed into my teams.” says McIntyre. [Read More...]



Tags: Executive Watch TracPlus
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryCompany Profiles categoryHuman Interest



Jun
01
2020

Manned-Unmanned Teaming: What Does It Mean for Helicopters and Pilots?

Posted by jhadmin

Manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) is a term that helicopter pilots need to remember. MUM-T refers to efforts by helicopter OEMs to integrate unmanned rotary and fixed-wing drones and helicopters into functional, teaming relationships – based on Aristotle’s observation that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” In the case of MUM-T, combining drones and helicopters creates teams that can do more than drones or helicopters alone. A case in point: Imagine a military ‘tank killer’ helicopter receiving targeting data from a fleet of autonomous surveillance drones. The drones would be tasked to spot enemy tanks and send their coordinates to the helicopter’s weapons system. The pilot/crewman in charge would then simply decide which targets to fire upon. In the civilian world, MUM teams could be highly effective when it comes to search and rescue, police aerial searches, and humanitarian relief efforts. In fact, any mission in which wide-area, time-sensitive aerial surveillance is required is a natural for MUM-T -- especially if the drones are either autonomous or flown from the ground, leaving pilot(s) to focus on actionable intelligence gathered by them. [Read More...]



Tags: autonomous aircraft Manned Unmanned MUM-T
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May
25
2020

HAYDEN OLSON, VP and GM of ERICKSON AEROSYSTEMS

Posted by jhadmin

After listening to Erickson Incorporated’s Vice President and General Manager Hayden Olson for an hour, one is not sure whether he just concluded an executive interview or finished a life coaching session. The momentary confusion is resolved upon reflection that Olson views all facets of his life as interconnected by his faith and calling to coach others. Thus, he can approach family life as building a high performing team as he similarly does on the job at Erickson where his team building is based on interpersonal relationships and caring. Away from family and work, he’s either coaching personal growth and fitness at the non-profit he founded, or he’s being coached by his “Core Four” board of mentoring friends to which he holds himself accountable for personal and professional growth. The interview all comes together when one realizes that Olson is not only an executive at one of the leading global rotorcraft manufacturing and aviation service providers of utility aircraft, but he’s also a determined, uplifting coach who expects himself and his teams to consistently perform. Olson is Nick Saban in a Fred Rogers’ cardigan. Actually, he’s more likely to wear athletic gear and a T-shirt; which is how he inauspiciously started his business career. [Read More...]



Tags: DynCorp Erickson Aerosystems Hayden Olson Helicopter OEM
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May
11
2020

Emerald Pacific Dives Into Major Taiwan Contract to Improve EMS Flights

Posted by jhadmin

Taiwan is taking a major dive into improved emergency health care access for its outer-island residents with state-of-the-art Leonardo AW169 multi-purpose helicopters, and Emerald Pacific Airlines is the biggest partner in that effort. It's a huge dive for Emerald Pacific as well, since it has transitioned from a company that focused on electrical grid maintenance using Bell 206 helicopters to one that focuses on ferrying critically ill patients in larger and more powerful AW169s that cost 10 times more. "The transition from the B206 to the AW169 is a very big job," related James Lee, chairman of the board at Emerald Pacific, aka EPAIR Taiwan. [Read More...]



Tags: Emerald Pacific Airlines Leonardo AW169
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Apr
27
2020

Flying Across the "Rainbow Nation"

Posted by jhadmin

Whoever has visited the southernmost country on the African continent agrees that it rightfully holds its nickname “The Rainbow Nation.” South Africa has an intense, amazing history and because of its multicultural diversity it received this nickname. In all honesty, South Africa really is a colorful and diverse area, and not just from a cultural aspect. It holds breathtaking mountain ranges, offers bustling city life, unique and one-of-a-kind wildlife safaris, takes you down sun-soaked coasts, and introduces you to amazing and vibrant cultures. South Africa is also home to National Airways Corporation (NAC), which is the largest general aviation company in Africa and one of the largest of its kind in the world. [Read More...]



Tags: Bell 407 Africa Bell 505 Africa Helicopters Operators Africa NAC National Airways Corporation
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Apr
06
2020

Three Organizations: One Goal MD Helicopters + Rotor Resources + Gwinnett County PD = Successful Ops

Posted by jhadmin

Stephen R. Covey, the American educator and author of the popular book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People once wrote, “Synergy is what happens when one plus one equals ten or a hundred or even a thousand! It's the profound result when two or more respectful human beings determine to go beyond their preconceived ideas to meet a great challenge.” And such can be the case when it comes to bringing new helicopters into service. There are several methods for bringing mission-oriented aircraft – such as those for air ambulance, SAR, or law enforcement – from the manufacturing line to community service. There are times when the aircraft will remain at the OEM facilities during the entire production process, and the customer will travel back and forth from their base of operations for meetings to check the progress. This process can be time-consuming and costly depending on how far the customer has to travel. [Read More...]



Tags: MD Helicopters
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Apr
06
2020

Out in the Field with Summit Helicopter

Posted by jhadmin

Summit Helicopter, a subsidiary of Welk Aviation, is a well known Los Angeles-based company providing helicopters for energy, construction, and maintenance projects. The company operates MD500D, MD500E and MD530F aircraft, but also has a relatively unique Sikorsky S-58T able to provide additional lift up to 4,500 pounds. Through ACA (ENG Division), also a Welk Aviation subsidiary, Summit has access to Airbus AS350 B2 Astars for jobs requiring the abilities of that airframe, as well as access to a variety of airborne imaging systems and data capture capabilities. Summit Helicopter was founded in 1996 and in 2014 merged with Whiteman Airport-based Welk Aviation, an operator of news gathering and film production helicopters. Summit is an FAA-approved Part 135 air carrier and is also approved for Part 133 helicopter external load operations. Summit employs 20 personnel, including pilots, mechanics, and ground operators. The company's pilots are all experienced utility pilots with many hours on jobs of every sort. Summit’s founder, Jim Woodaman, said, “We look for guys that have excellent judgment and fly smart; there is no room for hotdoggers or guys who move too quickly. We need mature pilots that always make the right decision. That’s our priority.” Summit also provides its customers large-capacity fuel tanker trucks, mobile field shops, and Heiltender support trucks and trailers that follow the helicopters while they do field operations anywhere in the country [Read More...]



Tags: Summit Helicopters
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Mar
30
2020

Executive Watch - John Talmadge, Director of Worldwide Sales, Avidyne

Posted by jhadmin

John Talmadge, director of worldwide sales for avionics company, Avidyne, says he didn’t choose to work in the helicopter industry; instead, he was born into it. “My dad was a Vietnam War pilot, doing what he called his (high school) ‘senior trip’ to Southeast Asia in 1970,” Talmadge says. “They had nose art on their aircraft back then. The lady painted on his helicopter had a baby bump. That bump was me.” [Read More...]



Tags: ADS-B requirement Aircraft Avionics Avidyne Helicopter Avionics
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