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...]
Vought Helicopters Inc
Thailand in Southeast Asia is known for many things, but mostly for it’s beautiful tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. Oh, and let’s not forget the food!
The Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is composed of 76 provinces. At 198,120 square miles and over 68 million people, it is the world's 50th-largest country in total area and the 21st-most-populous country.
However, it is less known for the oil and gas fields that lie just off its shores in the Gulf of Thailand to the east and the Andaman Sea to the west. Even though Thailand imports the majority of its oil and gas for energy generation, it does have a robust industry that helicopters play an integral part in supporting. [Read More...]
Offshore Helicopter Operators
Offshore Oil and Gas Helicopters
Thai Aviation Services
Rotorcraft Pro highlights industry leaders who have contributed to help better the helicopter community in 2019 in our Best of Safety, Best of Education, Best of People and the Best of Legacy series. [Read More...]
Rotorcraft Pro Best of 2019
US Helicopter Safety Team
10. Be humble. So, you’re a military helicopter pilot with combat time – that’s nice. Do not assume you know anything about commercial flying; there’s a lot to learn and people much younger than you may be showing you the ropes. Be respectful of their time and energy getting you up to speed. Be humble, this is a very small industry. Make a name for yourself right away and be sure it’s a good one; it will likely stick with you for a very long time. [Read More...]
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Helicopter Career Development
Military to Civilian Transition
I love the word “juxtaposition.” Merriam-Webster says it means an instance of placing two or more things side by side often to compare or contrast. It’s not a word I often use, but typically at the end of every year, I find myself juxtaposing two periods of time: the past and the present.
Although I love change and technology, every once in a while I enjoy reflecting on the helicopter industry and contrasting the past to the present to reflect on how far we’ve come.
2019 is a special year for Rotorcraft Pro. We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary working on the magazine side of our media company. [Read More...]
Airbus Helicopters 50th Anniversary
Airbus Lakota Helicopters
American Helicopter Magazine
Rotorcraft Pro Magazine
No, we’re not talking about a slow-speed chase down a California highway; rather, your lost and sometimes forgotten aircraft battery. Without it, your day will never properly start.
With the advent of improved technology, lead-acid batteries are becoming more commonplace in turbine-powered helicopters. And while lead-acids have certain advantages over the original NiCad batteries, a number of “operational” differences could reduce the effect and value of those advantages. [Read More...]
Helicopter Lead-Acid batteries
Helicopter NiCad Batteries
STAR (Shock Trauma Air Rescue) Flight is the Air Operations Division of Travis County, Texas. It is a public safety air rescue program that is unique because it performs critical transport, firefighting, rescue, and limited law enforcement support. STAR Flight is based in Austin and serves not only the citizens of Travis County, but also 19 other counties within a 75-mile radius. Many of its calls are to assist those who are experiencing medical problems or suffering from traumatic injuries from motor vehicle crashes or other activities. When requested, STAR Flight regularly transports very sick patients in rural hospitals to larger, better-equipped hospitals. [Read More...]
P&W Canada PW210A turboshaft engines
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I'm an ATP-rated freelance pilot seeking contract work after flying for 20 years with oil & gas, medevac, aerial work, and other types of missions, which took me to America, Africa, Greenland, Scandinavia, and lastly to the Middle East. [Read More...]
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For over two decades, Precision Aircraft Services (PAS) has been steadily building and maintaining a reputation as a top-tier avionics and maintenance shop. Located at Atlanta Regional Airport in Peachtree City, the company garnered the Garmin Award for Performance Excellence and in 2013 became an Authorized Dealer and Service Center for Robinson Helicopters. The next year, PAS became an Authorized Service Center for Airbus Helicopters. The subsidiary of Precision Aviation Group (PAG) is now an avionics dealer for over 80 manufacturers, and is known for its 24/7 service availability. At the helm of this smoothly running maintenance machine is Precision Aircraft Services Vice President and General Manager Mark Tyler, perhaps the only vice president we’ve profiled that keeps a toolbox within reach as a stressbuster. “If it gets too stressful in the office, I get out there and turn some wrenches to relax,” he says. [Read More...]
Precision Aircraft Services
In the world of rotorcraft emergencies, not all situations are equal. There’s a huge difference between a generator failure, engine fire or anti-torque system failure. I think if you were to poll pilots, just the mention of certain crises will make the hair stand up on the back of every pilot’s neck, and they pray that it never will happen to them. For me, there are two such crises: a tail-rotor gearbox failure, and any situation that would cause me to hit the ground hard enough to rupture a fuel tank and spark a post-crash fire. [Read More...]
Crash Resistant Fuel Tanks
Robertson Fuel Systems
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