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Dec
14
2009

Fuel Planning,Endurance and Fuel Problems...

Posted by jhadmin

Fuel Planning,Endurance and Fuel Problems...by Cem Kurkcu Fuel,it is essential for any sort of machine to work. However, it really means more than that to pilots, especially for helo pilots who fly over different regions, terrain and water. There is no excuse for fuel problems. Whatever goes wrong with fuel, eventually the helicopter loses substantial power, because piston or turbine engine runs inefficently, the worst situation is an unexpected engine flame out at an unexpetd time,over an unexpected place. This combination is intimidating. [Read More...]

Tags: Fuel Contamination Fuel Starvation Helicopter Fuel Problems
Categories: categorySafety



Dec
14
2009

Does it really benefit a pilot to obtain the ATP certificate?

Posted by jhadmin

Does it really benefit a pilot to obtain the ATP certificate? by Randy Rowles The answer depends on your perspective of need. The ATP itself is only needed for select types of flight operations, i.e. scheduled air carrier, etc. [Read More...]

Tags: ATP Certificate Helicopter ATP Pilots helicopter training
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial



Dec
14
2009

Combat Versus Fire Fighting

Posted by jhadmin

Combat Versus Fire Fighting by Ken Carlton Several people have asked me lately if flying on fires is "pretty tame" after flying a helicopter in combat operations in Viet Nam. I've thought about it a bit, and I have to say, "It's incredibly similar!" Ever present in both is the excitement, the danger, and the adrenaline rushes everything, I suppose, except the shooting. And if you REALLY miss the shooting, you can always amend that by flying "low and slow" over someone's marijuana garden, and someone is bound to fire a few rounds at you just to make sure you don't miss Viet Nam TOO much. The similarities abound, and as I've done both with a helicopter, I thought I'd point out a few of them. [Read More...]

Tags: Helicopter Fire Fighting Helicopter Combat
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
14
2009

All accidents are not preventable.

Posted by jhadmin

All accidents are not preventable by Anonymous The cry of helicopter Aviation Safety and Management seems to suggest that all accidents are preventable. While I applaud and support the efforts to reduce accidents within our community and hope serious calamities are minimized, I'm not willing to concede that the concept of Zero Defects is, in the long run, practical or even beneficial. I posit that the very existence of accidents is demonstrative of the predisposition of the human condition, namely our own imperfections. Furthermore, it is the positive response to accidents which is the seed for our greatest improvements and achievements (a case I should not have to make). [Read More...]

Tags: Helicopter Flying Helicopter Safety
Categories: categorySafety



Dec
08
2009

A Noodle in a Wildcat's Ass

Posted by jhadmin

By Ken Carlton - A Noodle in a Wildcat's Ass The other day I flew a long line mission. Forest Service smoke jumpers had jumped on one of our fires and had put the fire out. Now they had to hike out six or seven miles to the nearest road. They notified us that we needed a 150-foot line to reach down in the tall trees on the side of a steep hill. They also said they had 650 pounds of equipment that needed to be slung out. [Read More...]

Tags: Forestry Pilots Long Line Helicopter Pilots
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
08
2009

A DAY IN THE LIFE.....a deep-water pilot in the Gulf of Mexico

Posted by jhadmin

By Dana Raaz - A DAY IN THE LIFE.....a deep-water pilot in the Gulf of Mexico The 4:00 AM beeping of the alarm clock signals the start of another day for Jayne Brodie, a helicopter pilot assigned as an SIC (second-in-command) on a PHI Bell 412SP based in Morgan City, Louisiana. Like most of the 1,000 + Gulf Coast helicopter pilots, Jayne works a 7 day on, 7 day off schedule and stays in company-supplied housing while at work. She makes the weekly commute from her home in Pensacola, Florida on Thursday afternoon and starts her work hitch with a 5:30 AM Friday morning briefing. Since Jayne’s customer wants the first flight to depart the heliport at 6:00 AM she and her PIC (pilot-in-command) have already done the preflight, checked the weather and filed their IFR flight plans before the 5:30 briefing begins. [Read More...]

Tags: Gulf Oil Helicopter Pilots
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
08
2009

A CFI's Checkride Experience

Posted by jhadmin

By Paul Huston - A story written by a female heli pilot when she received her CFI license. I am a certified flight instructor! Believe me it feels fabulous! The ground started at about 9:00am. There were lots of questions about endorsements, training techniques and some really tough aerodynamics. I had a moment of panic when my brain checked out for a few minutes and I misinterpreted an airspace requirement. I took a minute to collect my thoughts and then told the examiner that I had answered the question completely wrong. He agreed wholeheartedly, which didn't make me feel much better but the brain kicked on again and I had the correct answer. Then after about two and a half hours of oral questioning I presented a ground lesson to five other students. Two of the students were fixed wing students so they asked great questions ... [Read More...]

Tags: Become a Helicopter Pilot CFI Helicopter Flight Instructor
Categories: categoryBecoming A Pilot categoryTraining



Dec
02
2009

HOT START

Posted by jhadmin

By Klank - Hot Start – A humorous (fictitious) account of a hot start from the perspective of a male EMS Pilot. Men are pigs. A modulated start can be a very simple procedure or royal pain in the ass; on one fine day it was the latter. Having gotten a different aircraft at the base due to maintenance issues was not an uncommon accordance and all our aircraft are pretty much the same. I complete my preflight and am satisfied with the machine I have been assigned. [Read More...]

Tags: hot start
Categories: categoryHumor & Poetry



Dec
02
2009

Life of a Helicopter Pilot in Training

Posted by jhadmin

By Paul Heuts - A 3 blade rotor chopping 1 meter above your head, a small screaming engine under your seat and rock solid ground 1000 feet below you. Oh, and because it is hot we left the doors off the helicopter so each time we bank the little Schweizer 300CB to the right I get the feeling I’m going to drop out. [Read More...]

Tags: helicopter training pilot
Categories: categoryBecoming A Pilot categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
02
2009

Life of a News Helicopter Pilot

Posted by jhadmin

By Larry K. Clark - As with all the different missions that helicopters can perform, the ENG segment has many different types of flying for pilots that want to work in this part of our industry. ENG encompasses traffic reporting, covering live breaking news and shooting background video for TV commercials or movies. The common element is a gyro-stabilized camera mounted on a helicopter. [Read More...]

Tags: news helicopter pilot
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors


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