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Aug
17
2020

How the Helicopter Industry is Coping with COVID-19

Posted by jhadmin

COVID-19 has proven to be tremendously challenging for the helicopter industry. The demands of social distancing, sourcing/wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), and working from home don’t exactly align with the lives of pilots, technicians, and air medical personnel. In fact, their jobs are all about being up-close-and-personal in small spaces! To put COVID-19's impact on the helicopter industry in perspective, Rotorcraft Pro contacted people involved in various aspects of the industry to learn how COVID-19 affected them and how they are coping with it. Here’s what we found... [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter and COVID Helicopter Industry Impacts from COVID
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial



Aug
10
2020

Editor's Letter - Let’s Get to 2021—Already!

Posted by jhadmin

Let’s Get to 2021—Already! I was watching the news a couple weeks ago and the coverage was regarding Hurricane Douglas, a Category 4 hurricane which was bearing down on the Hawaiian Islands. The video footage was of business owners boarding up the windows of their shops. Spray-painted across one business front were the words “2020 Sucks!” I laughed out loud at the sight of it, and thought to myself: “Yep, that pretty much sums it up.” The helicopter industry is still trying to adjust to this “new normal” that the coronavirus has left in its wake. Very few sectors of the industry have been unscathed. Even essential services such as law enforcement, firefighting, and air ambulance have been negatively impacted by the spillover effects the virus has had on federal, state, and local economies. Inside this issue, James Careless highlights how helicopter industry businesses have been impacted by the virus and what adjustments they are making to continue providing products and/or services. [Read More...]



Tags: Editor Lyn Burks Rotorcraft Pro
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jun
22
2020

2020 Pilot Salary Survey Report

Posted by jhadmin

Rotorcraft Pro’s annual U.S. Pilot Salary & Benefits Survey was initially launched six years ago in an effort to monitor and report trends on the salaries of pilots in the industry. Traditionally, surveys were sent directly to employers via snail mail in ballot form, then collected and tabulated. This old method did provide interesting results, but because employers are reluctant to reveal the exact salaries and benefits they provide, the sampling could be rather small and probably wasn’t always representative of the larger whole. Online technologies have given us the ability to survey actual pilots and their employers, thus generating more participation throughout the industry. This year’s survey had excellent participation and obtained the latest information on helicopter pilots: [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Pilot Pay Scales Helicopter Pilot Salaries Helicopter Salaries Helicopter Salary Survey Report
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jun
15
2020

Welcome to the New Age

Posted by jhadmin

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones Enough to make my system blow Welcome to the new age, to the new age Welcome to the new age, to the new age I never thought that I would be quoting the 2012 hit song, “Radioactive,” by the Imagine Dragons, in Rotorcraft Pro magazine, but every time I tried to think of an opener for this issue’s letter, that song kept popping into my head. “Welcome to the new age,” indeed! For the last two and a half months, COVID-19 has changed the world for virtually every person and every industry. Although the short-term impact on civil aviation has been devastating, the battered and bruised helicopter industry adapted as much as possible and will live to fly another day. [Read More...]



Tags: Editors Letter Lyn Burks Rotorcraft Pro
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jun
08
2020

Maintenance Minute - Transcontinental Airway System

Posted by jhadmin

The next time you run across a pilot who complains about the navigation equipment in his aircraft — right after he enters his coordinates into the panel-mounted Garmin 430, the backup windshield-RAM-mounted Garmin 695, and the backup-backup glare-shield-mounted iPhone — ask him what he would have done during the time of the Transcontinental Airway System. [Read More...]



Tags: Maintenance Minute Transcontinental Airway System
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial



May
06
2020

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Major Robert Hunt

Posted by jhadmin

What is your current position? Currently, I’m the lead pilot and Instructor pilot flying King Air 300s in Afghanistan for an aerospace company that provides intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance on a government contract. Tell me about your first flight. My dad was an Air Force pilot stationed in Orlando, Florida. I was nine years old and my dad loaded the family up in a Cessna 210 for a week in Naples, Florida. During the flight home he let me sit in the right front seat with the headset on. During cruise flight my dad looked over and said, “You have the controls.” For the short time I held the yoke I knew all I wanted to be was a pilot. He never pushed me to be a military pilot, but he knew exactly what he was doing by letting me think I was flying that plane. [Read More...]



Tags: Major Robert Hunt meet a rotorcraft pro
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest



Apr
20
2020

We Think We're in Control Until We're Not!

Posted by jhadmin

As a person of faith, I never really felt I was in complete control of things . . . at least not the big things. Sure, I can control little things like when to go to bed and how many hours to work in a day. But when it comes to big things, like what career path my daughter will take or what my business will look like in 10 years, or when I will hang up my wings (rotary-wings, of course) for the last time, I believe I am not in total control of those things. [Read More...]



Tags: Covid-19 Helicopter Industry Covid Helicopters
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



Apr
13
2020

Meet A Rotocraft Pro - Brad Shubargo

Posted by jhadmin

RPMN: What is your current position? From the moment I started learning about becoming a helicopter pilot, I was not 100% certain, but I saw myself doing something that would help people; air ambulance was on that list. I consider myself both lucky and grateful to have achieved that goal. Today I’m a line pilot flying an H135P2+ for Air Methods Corporation in the eastern U.S. Additionally, I’m an account executive for Rotorcraft Pro Media Network helping helicopter businesses promote their services to the industry. RPMN: Tell me about your first flight. My first flight was way back in 1988. My eyes had always jumped skyward whenever I saw a helicopter cruise by. I grew up directly under the flight path of runway 1R at Washington Dulles International Airport and regularly saw Concordes arriving and departing which was awesome, but there was always something about helicopters like that of the Fairfax County Police Dept. that blew me away. My Dad was in the Army and in the mid-to-late ‘80s there were a number of movies released about Vietnam; Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, Hamburger Hill, MIssing in Action and so on. Naturally, they featured Hueys, etc. and they just captured my imagination. I used to beg my Dad to take me up on a helicopter and I thought maybe this was a possibility. Well to my surprise for my 13th birthday he took me to Reagan National Airport and I took a 10-minute tour over D.C. in a Beige 206. To say that this was one of the most impactful moments in my life is the understatement of the millenium [Read More...]



Tags: Brad Shubargo meet a rotorcraft pro
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest



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
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryCompany Profiles categoryHuman Interest



Feb
24
2020

Saving Flight Careers Through Improved Health and Fitness

Posted by jhadmin

Health and fitness is one of those topics pilots would prefer not to talk about—specifically if there are problems with their personal health and fitness that could affect their flying status. But not talking about health and fitness poses risks to pilots, the people they fly, and the aircraft they operate. If pilots suffering from serious health/fitness issues manage to stay under the FAA’s radar and keep flying, they could experience a physical crisis in the air. Addressing pilot health and fitness in a positive, career-saving manner is what Delta P is all about. Based in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Delta P helps pilots and their employees deal with aeromedical safety, aerospace physiology, and other human factors that can compromise pilot performance. “Ninety percent of all aviation accidents are related to human factors and human performance,” said Dr. Dudley Crosson, who founded Delta P in 1988. “Yet, whenever pilots go for training, the great majority of their training is focussed on system failures. We need to start taking human factors more seriously because they are causing most of the accidents.” [Read More...]



Tags: Aviation back pain Aviation health issues Aviation neck pain
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryCareer Development


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