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Nov
22
2021

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Mark Schlaefli, Black Hills Aerial Adventures

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RPMN: What is your current position? I am currently wearing two hats. I am the owner and president of Black Hills Aerial Adventures, primarily an aerial tourism operator based in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and I am serving as Chief Pilot for Redding Air Service, a utility operator with a primary base of operations in northern California. All of this has transpired within the last year. Over the last 12 years I have served as the chief pilot in Southern Nevada with Papillon and chief pilot and subsequently director of operations for Sundance Helicopters in Las Vegas. [Read More...]



Tags: Black Hills Aerial Adventures Chief Pilot for Redding Air Service MARK SCHLAEFLI
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryHuman Interest



Nov
15
2021

Pilot Report: Training at New U.S. Leonardo Training Academy

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In 2018 I attended the Leonardo Helicopters AW169 initial training course at the OEM’s training facility in Sesto Calende, Italy. Northern Italy in spring—what’s not to love? WATCH VIDEO OF MY 2018 AW169 TRAINING HERE: https://youtu.be/fwt_We3D4mY Although both my training and tourist experiences were amazing while I attended the Sesto Calende academy, it was a significant trek to attend a training course so far from home. With all the Leonardo Helicopters being flown in the Western Hemisphere, it seemed to me that there would be significant value in a U.S.-based training academy. Well, not long after that thought while at the academy in 2018, I was interviewing Paolo Petrosso, VP of Leonardo Helicopters Training-Italy when he pointed to the future by saying, “In the future we are certainly looking to expand our footprint around the globe. One of the key areas we are looking at is AW169 training in the U.S. We certainly need to provide simulation capabilities in the U.S. and North America, and that is something we are looking at right now.” [Read More...]



Tags: AW169 initial training AW169 recurrent training Leonardo Customer Support and Training (CS&T) Leonardo Helicopters
Categories: categoryTraining



Nov
08
2021

Executive Watch - President Dwayne Charette, Airbus Helicopters Canada

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Dwayne Charette has a surprising affinity for the president of a major OEM in Canada: he likes problems (and he even views failures as “learns”). Early in his operations career—an area prone to problems, a leader once told him, “Dwayne, if we didn’t have problems to deal with, there would be no need for our jobs.” Charette considers that perhaps the best business wisdom he’s received. “It sounds simplistic, but it’s true,” says Charette. “Problems and challenges are part of the job; once you accept them and view them as opportunities, the stress level kind of goes away.” [Read More...]


Tags: Airbus Helicopters Canada Airbus Helicopters North America Dwayne Charette Romain Trapp
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest



Nov
01
2021

FLYING INTO THE WILD

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“The Big Five” game animals are the ultimate goal to see when going on a safari. South Africa's wildlife parks will not let you down on this goal and you will leave with a big smile on your face. The Big Five is not the only ultimate experience South Africa has to offer. Flying straight into the midst of the wilderness is an experience unlike any other. Flying above the parks, catching stunning views, seeing herds graze, and getting flown straight to the helipad of a safari bush lodge is an incomparable experience and once in a lifetime adventure. MCC Aviation, a private air charter solution that is based in Johannesburg, tries to make such an adventure come true. From visiting construction sites to running private charters. [Read More...]



Tags: MCC Aviation MCC Aviation Johannesburg South Africa Rotorcraft Pro Into The Wild
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Oct
25
2021

Editor's Letter - I Hate Every Minute Of Training

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Helicopter training doesn’t necessarily give us the opportunity to live our life as a champion— but it can give us the opportunity to live the rest of our life.  I was thinking the other day of all the training that I have received during my 35 years of work life. I have really only had four chapters in my career. U.S. Marine, firefighter, helicopter pilot, and business owner. The first three have required extensive amounts of training. I cannot help but wonder how much of it I took for granted. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Training Rotorcraft Pro SepOct 2021 Issue
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryHuman Interest categoryOpinion-Editorial



Oct
25
2021

Follow This Example To Start Your Civilian Career By Heidi McBride

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Pay, location, and job satisfaction are three of the major factors involved in determining the ultimate helicopter pilot position. You can consider yourself pretty lucky to get two out of the three. Fortunately, for retired Marine Pilot Ryan Jacobs, all three is precisely what he got when he landed the enviable position as a contractor simulator instructor at NAS Whiting Field.  [Read More...]



Tags: Aviation Military to Civilian Transition Helicopter Military to Civilian Transition Mechanic Military to Civilian Transition Military to Civilian Transtion Pilots Simulator Instructor
Categories: categoryCareer Development



Oct
18
2021

Manned and Unmanned Teaming in SAR: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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The teaming of manned search and rescue (SAR) helicopters with unmanned aerial systems (AKA drones) is an idea whose time has come. Remotely controlled drones can be immediately dispatched to search for victims and identify landing zone hazards while a SAR helicopter is preparing to fly. Once aloft, the SAR helicopter crew can use the drone’s data collected to reduce their flight time to the victims. “Unmanned systems can reduce exposures and risks to SAR personnel as part of their operations,” said Johnny T. Doo, group leader for NASA Transformative Vertical Flight Working Group-4: Public Services and also president of International Vehicle Research Inc. “It's a combination that is becoming more and more popular because there are tasks in SAR that are not human-friendly,” added Juan Plaza, a UAV/general aviation consultant. “Drones can search for victims at night during fires and other environmental conditions that pose dangers to manned aircraft.” The big question for SAR operators is just how far the teaming concept can go. Given advances in artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous (self-flying) drones, and the growing computing power onboard manned helicopters, it seems possible that tomorrow’s SAR helicopters could fly out accompanied by swarms of self-coordinating surveillance drones and that these drones could do more than just relay visual data back to their human operators. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Oct
11
2021

An Air Ambulance Pilot’s Career Survival Guide

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The success of an air ambulance pilot isn’t written on an elusive list of trade secrets buried deep in a frightful dark abyss. Instead, the necessary tenets are generally in plain sight and, unfortunately, an abundance of what we now know comes from the tragedies of those that came before us. But, as the worn-out cliché goes: “We don’t know what we don’t know.” Not learning from others (mentors) who are successful in this unique field is not only unprofessional on the part of the pilot new to the air ambulance arena, but gravely hazardous as well. Awareness of the lack of knowledge and skill sets needed and being able to say “I don’t know” is vital to success. You have to be thirsty for knowledge if you want to physically and mentally survive. Don’t rely on sheer luck.  [Read More...]



Tags: 10 Tips for Success for the Air Ambulance Pilot An Air Ambulance Pilot’s Career Survival Guide Matt Johnson
Categories: categoryCareer Development



Oct
04
2021

Maintenance Minute - Manage Your Sandwich

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It was an ordinary day and I was having an ordinary lunch with my friend. Something we do each week to break up the day, share some laughs and conduct some business. Today, it was double patty melt day at our favorite hole in the wall restaurant. It is the hard-to-find, off the beaten path restaurant where everyone knows your name and you know them too.   When the server returned with my friend’s patty melt, he quickly surveyed his sandwich and quipped, “Hey, you forgot to add mayo.” In one motion she whirled around and without hesitating she replied, “It’s not my responsibility to manage your sandwich.” He was left speechless, but I could not hold back my laughter.  [Read More...]



Tags: Aviation Maintenance Helicopter Maintenance Maintenance Minute Mark Tyler



Sep
27
2021

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Scott Beck, USFS Pilot

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RPMN: What is your current position?  I am currently a pilot in command flying one of two Firewatch Cobra helicopters belonging to the U.S. Forest Service. The Firewatch Cobras provide aerial supervision and intelligence gathering for large wildland fire incidents throughout the western United States. RPMN: Tell me about your first flight or experience with helicopters. My first flying experience with helicopters was at Fort Rucker, Alabama, in 1986 as a warrant officer candidate in Army Flight School, operating the venerable TH-55A. By the time I departed Fort Rucker for my first active-duty assignment, I was qualified in TH-55, UH-1H, OH-58 series, and AH-1 series helicopters. [Read More...]



Tags: Army Flight School Scott Beck USFS Pilot Scott Beck
Categories: categoryHuman Interest


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