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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
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryCompany Profiles



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
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryCompany Profiles categoryHuman Interest



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
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



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
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



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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Mar
02
2020

BON DOMESDI!

Posted by jhadmin

"Bon domesdi y bën uni da meus tla Dolomites!" This is how you will be greeted and welcomed in the Dolomites in Ladin, a special and unique language spoken only in the region of northeast Italy. Only 40,000 people still speak Ladin and it is a language struggling to survive, but things are looking optimistic as a newly launched newspaper and TV station use the language. So, Ladin has a great chance of staying alive and in full use. But not only is the language in the Dolomites special, so are the people and so is the natural beauty. The Dolomites are a majestic mountain range declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. Besides breathtaking views, ski slopes, and infamous hiking trails, they offer an amazing 300 days of sunshine per year. For all sun lovers, this is a must-visit destination. The best part of it is you can visit the Dolomites by foot, with an e-bike, or enjoy the view from a higher, birds-eye perspective. Since 1998, you can catch a sightseeing flight with Elikos Helicopters owned by two brothers: Gabriel and Marco Kostner. [Read More...]



Tags: Elikos Helicopters Helicopter Tourism Italy Dolomites Helicopter Tourism Italy Helicopter Operators
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Jan
24
2020

ABLE AEROSPACE SERVICES - EXPANSION SIGNALS BLUE SKIES AHEAD

Posted by jhadmin

With its new high-tech expansion in Mesa, Arizona, Able Aerospace Services is ready and willing to take on a wider variety of component repairs – so more customers can save more money with repaired parts instead of buying new ones. The motto on its website says it all: “Save money. Save time. Keep flying. That’s the Able way.” Across more than three decades, Able has repaired millions of components without a single in-service failure. And its tradition of success continues to grow. This year, Able added 60,000 square feet to now boast a 260,000 square-foot campus at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The $9 million investment includes $3 million in futuristic robots and digital equipment, such as a Hermle C 52 machining center that allows Able to repair larger-scale components at a new level of sophistication and complete the work in hours versus days. [Read More...]



Tags: Able Aerospace FAA Approved Repair Station FAA Approved Service Center
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Jan
13
2020

Airbus Marks 50 Years in North America

Posted by jhadmin

What is now Airbus Helicopters came to life in North America 50 years ago. Perhaps they didn’t realize how big a deal they would become, because at the time, there were only 17 Airbus helicopters operating on this continent, and the new company had just 43 employees. To put it mildly, the company was not much of a force. How things have changed: Today, there are over 3,100 Airbus helicopters flying in North America; 2,600 of them are commercial and the rest are military. Airbus Helicopters has also grown to become the predominant player in the North American commercial/utility (65% market share), corporate/VIP (86%), EMS (71%), and parapublic (62%) markets. [Read More...]



Tags: Aérospatiale Aérospatiale’s Alouette Airbus Helicopters eurocopter SA-341 Gazelle Vought Helicopters Inc
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