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Jun
29
2020

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Scott Kerchner

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RPMN: What is your current position? I am the assistant chief pilot for Southern California and Hawaii for REACH Air Medical Services. I have responsibility for 44 pilots at 11 bases as well as three IFR reserve pilots and two instructor pilots/check airmen; it keeps me fairly busy. I enjoy working with pilots and flying first-rate helicopters in the single-pilot IFR role. RPMN: Tell me about your first flight. My first helicopter flight was in the U.S. Navy flight school at South Whiting Field near Pensacola, Florida. I was a student naval aviator and had been selected to fly helicopters in the United States Marine Corps. From the moment we lifted off in the TH-57C, I was hooked! I had flown fixed-wing prior: a T-34C at North Whiting Field, and Cessnas at the Don Scott airport affiliated with The Ohio State University when I was a college student there. My actual first flight was in a Cessna 152 at Ohio State. RPMN: How did you get your start in helicopters? As a Marine officer pilot at Whiting Field. Upon getting designated as a naval aviator and getting my wings, I was sent on to learn to fly the Sikorsky CH-53D Sea Stallion and eventually the CH-53E Super Stallion. [Read More...]



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May
06
2020

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Major Robert Hunt

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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...]



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Apr
13
2020

Meet A Rotocraft Pro - Brad Shubargo

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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...]



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Feb
17
2020

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Captain Michael Jupp

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RPMN: In your view, what is the greatest challenge for the helicopter industry at this moment in time? The helicopter industry doesn’t seem to face pilot shortages in the same way as commercial airlines do but we did experience a drop in the number of people coming through during the 2008-9 recession. There was a five-year gap with not much training going on, and because of that there is a massive skills gap and it’s difficult to find pilots with the right level of experience. Additionally, there is a huge gap in training between PPL to Instructor and single-engine flying charter. It’s difficult for new pilots to build their hours to be considered for employment. At Castle Air we wouldn’t employ anyone with fewer than 1,000 hours, but how do new pilots go from 185 (CPL level) to 1,000 hours? It’s difficult for us to fund training up to 1,000 hours and furthermore there are not enough smaller helicopters around to build experience. We’re trying to have more two-seater aircraft at Castle Air to help alleviate the issue and provide some training, but without a robust training regime the gap is going to remain. [Read More...]



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Dec
02
2019

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Finn Thirud

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What is your current position? 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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Sep
30
2019

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro: Chin Tu

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RPMN: What is your current position? I am the president and chief instructor of Civic Helicopters Inc. Of all the helicopter business models I could have ventured into, I chose the flight training model. I have been instructing helicopter and fixed-wing since 1974, and I’ve focused on helicopter flight training since 1987. I have accumulated over 32,000 flight hours; 26,000 of them were in all different makes and models of helicopters flown with pilots from all over the world. [Read More...]



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Jul
22
2019

Executive Watch - Markus Siebert, HeliEFB Managing Director

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“Screw Plan B!” exclaims HAA pilot Markus Siebert. Those are not words commonly uttered by a pilot who must have backup contingencies in mind for the unexpected. But Siebert is no common pilot. In addition to being an HAA pilot in Berlin, he’s also the managing director and founder of HeliEFB, a 21st century technology startup that helps helicopter pilots and operators cut through 20th century paperwork, by using an intuitive iPad app as an electronic flight bag. First, let’s quickly put his ‘screwy’ quote in context before one gets the mistaken impression that the thoughtful German entrepreneur is an aggressive “Red Baron” von Richthofen. Siebert wasn’t referring to flying, but rather giving sound advice. “If I was going to give someone career advice, it would be that you should find your passion and try to work in that area. Your chance of succeeding will be much greater if you’re doing something that you’re passionate about. It should be your sole focus. Arnold Schwarzenegger once said that when you start developing a Plan B for when you don’t succeed, you’re losing focus on your first priority. You should not do that. It’s costing you time and energy. Screw Plan B! Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t have a Plan B, if something goes wrong in the cockpit, but when you’re trying to find a career, then go for it! Don’t say, “Well, I can also become this or that. No, you can’t; you’ll lose focus. If you want to become a pilot, then focus on being a pilot.” [Read More...]



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Jul
15
2019

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Buddy Knotts

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RPMN: What is your current position? I’m senior pilot and company owner at Helivision LLC. RPMN: Tell me about your first flight. My first flight in a helicopter was 1969 in a U.S. Army TH-55 trainer at Fort Wolters, Texas. RPMN: How did you get your start in helicopters? It began when I joined the Army in 1968. I qualified for the Warrant Officer Helicopter Pilot program. It was the first time I knew what I wanted to do: Fly. My parents were supportive as any good parents would be. Up to then, my schooling was preparing me to become a pharmacist, like my father. With their support and blessing, my path to becoming a pilot began. After basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, I traveled to the U.S. Army’s primary helicopter pilot training facility at Fort Wolters. [Read More...]



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Mar
02
2019

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Tom Nicholson

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RPMN: What is your current position? I currently work for Air Evac Lifeteam as a base pilot supervisor and flight instructor. Essentially, I'm one of four pilots at an EMS base with the added responsibilities of scheduling and pilot oversight. I also help out the training department with new hires and recurrent flight training as needed. [Read More...]



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Dec
24
2018

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Dan Crowe, Palm Beach Helicopters

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RPMN: Tell me about your first flight. It was a J3 Cub. I was 8 or 9 years old and my dad took me out to a grass airstrip where plane rides were sold. After the pilot put me in the seat he started untying the airplane and when he got to the rear of the plane he lifted up the tail and started shaking it acting like the plane was going to take off It wasn’t even running yet, but I grabbed the stick and yelled, “Let her go!” [Read More...]



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