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May
16
2022

Airbus Helicopters Issues in a New Age

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Airbus Helicopters has operated for 30 years from Marignane, France. The company started as Eurocopter but was renamed to Airbus Helicopters in 2014. This spring, they’ve announced massive changes to new aircraft, customer support and training, and the integration of the newest technology in modern helicopters. Airbus Helicopters has its main assembly facilities in France and Germany and a worldwide presence with 31 customer centers and affiliated sites in locations such as Brazil, Australia, Spain, United States, Romania, and the United Kingdom. The North American Customer Support division has new leadership in Niko Szodruch for its 800 customers, operating from Grand Prairie, Texas. He came from the company’s global helicopter maintenance and retrofit business and is leading in development of a strategic service plan for North America. The H125 is the best-selling helicopter in the world and there are 30 produced each year from Columbus, Mississippi. The volume of helicopters sold varies year-over-year, but in 2021, they sold 419 units to both civilian and military markets. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



May
09
2022

Executive Watch - Marek Polcak CEO, Co-Founder of Vrgineers Inc.

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“Timing is everything,” says Marek Polcak, CEO and co-founder of the Czech Republic-based technology company that he hopes is timed to transform rotary- and fixed-wing aviation training. That company, Vrgineers Inc., has a unique spelling that reflects its unique combination of technology it is introducing to aviation. The first two letters are pronounced as individual letters: V-R-gineers. That captures what Polcak and his team do—they are virtual reality (VR) engineers creating realistic training scenarios in virtual- and mixed-reality systems that put civilian and military pilots into certain scenarios that allow the training of more tactics or missions than a normal simulator. [Read More...]



Tags: Marek Polcak Rotorcraft Pro Executive Watch Vrgineers Inc
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest



May
02
2022

THE 2021—2022 ANNUAL ROTORCRAFT PRO U.S. PILOT SALARY & BENEFITS SURVEY

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Foreword: Pilot shortages are real for several reasons Before we dig into the salary and benefits survey numbers, we wanted to paint a picture, even if only anecdotal, of what we believe are the forces currently impacting the supply of working helicopter pilots. It was around 2005 that articles and online communities began raising alarms about our aging Vietnam-era pilot population and a looming shortage. That era of helicopter pilots were considered the “baby-boomers” of helicopter pilots in that they represented nearly 50% of the working pilot force and most were in their late 50s and early 60s at the time. It was well known that the lion's share of that population would retire somewhere between 2010 and 2020. Questions began to arise about whether or not the traditional training institutions (civil schools and military) could produce the pilots as fast as they would be retiring when the time came. Now that most of those pilots have left the cockpit, and hindsight being 20/20, we now know the answer to that question is no. But it wasn’t only retiring pilots that contributed to the problem. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Pilot Salaries Pilot salary reports pilot salary survey US Helicopter Pilot Salary Report
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryOpinion-Editorial



Apr
25
2022

Editor's Letter - Change is inevitable. Growth is optional

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The title of this editor’s letter is actually a quote from John C. Maxwell, a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, pastor, coach and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in 50 languages. The quote reminds me that there is unprecedented change happening in every corner of our industry. Carbon dioxide reduction, special aviation fuels, urban air mobility, e-vtol, personnel shortages, unmanned vertical flight, virtual-mixed reality in training, and the list goes on. The question for industry: Will this inevitable change be an opportunity for growth, or will many get left behind? [Read More...]



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



Apr
18
2022

OEMs Take MRO to the Next Level with Digital Technology

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There will always be a place in maintenance repair & overhaul (MRO) services for wrench-turning mechanics using their grease-honed handiwork to keep helicopters flying. However, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo Helicopter, Sikorsky (a Lockheed Martin company) and the Robinson Helicopter Company are harnessing the power of digital technology to bring their customers the very best in MRO services. Here are some of the advances that will improve MRO services that might be used by our readers in the year to come. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Technology
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



Apr
11
2022

Military to Civilian - Change

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Transitioning from the military can be daunting to say the least. If you’re still active duty and considering your transition, whether after 5 years or 25 years, you probably have a lot of questions swirling around in your head. I made the leap about 6 years ago, but my process started about 5 years prior to that. I hope that some of my experiences and observations can help you as you consider your future beyond the uniform. [Read More...]



Tags: Military to Civilian Aviation Military to Civilian Transition Helicopters Military to Civilian Transtion Pilots
Categories: categoryCareer Development



Mar
30
2022

Maintenance Minute - Balance

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Balance is critical. It doesn’t matter if it’s the helicopters we fly and maintain, a person on a tightrope or just managing our everyday life. Maintaining balance is required if we are to continue to progress and minimize our limiting factors. We can take anything to the excess and quickly get out of balance. That’s why it is a good idea to have an accountability partner to help you see things that you may miss seeing yourself. The saying “you can’t see the forest for the trees” is accurate and sometimes briefly stepping away will clear one’s focus. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Maintenance Maintenance Minute Mark Tyler
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryTraining



Mar
28
2022

Executive Watch - Larry Alexandre President, United Rotorcraft

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The first impression is that Larry Alexandre seems not properly placed to lead United Rotorcraft, a well-known maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) leader that specializes in customizing helicopter medevac interiors one aircraft at a time. Alexandre is passionate about Lean, the practice of creating a more effective business by eliminating wasteful practices and focusing on value creation for customers. “Very few MROs in our industry believe that Lean principles apply in our world, often because they believe it is only for high volume manufacturing. I’m a big believer in and practitioner of Lean principles to rally an entire team around making your business better (through efficiency) and creating value for your customers.” Earlier in his career when he worked in Operations at Turbomeca, Alexandre says, “I enjoyed taking inefficient practices, often rampant in fragmented industries like the helicopter industry, and making them more efficient and process-oriented. I started each day with the belief that anyone in the team, with the right focus, could find waste in their processes, eliminate it, and improve efficiency.” [Read More...]



Tags: Larry Alexandre Larry Alexandre President United Rotorcraft
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHuman Interest



Mar
18
2022

Helihack Alien Vegetation Clearing Operation: Western Cape, South Africa

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Combine a highly skilled pilot, a capable helicopter for the environment, and a skilled team of volunteers and you get Helihack. It’s an ambitious and challenging project, placing skilled chainsaw operators high-up by helicopter in otherwise inaccessible mountainous locations. In late 2017, Cape Town was the first major city in the world to announce it was approaching “Day Zero” – a reference for the day its water supply would largely run dry. Authorities say they will shut down the municipal water system when the city’s water reservoirs drop to 13.5 percent capacity. The Helihack project offers one more way to help avoid or at least delay Day Zero by eradicating prolific non-native vegetation in the watersheds surrounding the reservoirs. The Western Cape mountain ranges cover one of the Strategic Water Source Areas (SWSAs) for surface water in South Africa. SWSAs cover 8% of South Africa yet supply 50% of the mean annual runoff. Among the biggest threats to SWSAs are invasive alien vegetation and drought exacerbated by climate change. [Read More...]



Tags: AS350 Helicopter Vegetation Eradication Helihack South Africa Rotorcraft Pro Airbus Helihack Rotorcraft Pro Helicopter Vegetation Removal Rotorcraft Pro Helihack Utility Helicopter



Mar
14
2022

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro - Jerry Trimble

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RPMN: What is your current position? My wife, Alison and I own Jerry Trimble Helicopter Inc. We started the company in 2007 with one helicopter and one airplane. We provide primary and advanced flight training in both helicopters and airplanes. Our school is located in McMinnville, Oregon. RPMN: Tell me about your first flight or experience with helicopters? I flew with my dad, Robert Trimble, in one of his Bell 47s back in the ‘50s. He worked for Etna Helicopters along with his two partners – Bill Mathews and Erling Hertager. [Read More...]



Tags: Jerry Trimble Helicopters Meet A Rotorcraft Pro
Categories: categoryHuman Interest categoryOpinion-Editorial


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