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Sep
20
2021

North Memorial Health Air Care

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Since 1985, North Memorial Health has served the state of Minnesota and the surrounding states, connecting rural communities and the sprawling metropolis of Minneapolis by both air and ground.  North Memorial Health Air Care and its fleet of nine helicopters provides more than 4,000 flights a year from seven bases throughout the region.  Their focus is clear: Providing the highest level of care in the shortest time possible to save lives. Upon meeting the team at North Memorial Health Air Care, one thing becomes immediately evident, a sense of pride and teamwork in what they do.  From executives to pilots and paramedics, everyone is invested in the mission and doing their part to serve the community. [Read More...]



Tags: North Memorial Air Care Tiger Masks Aviation
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Sep
10
2021

Executive Watch -John Wyllie, Flightcell CEO

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Flightcell’s founding CEO, John Wyllie, calls from the northern tip of his native town of Nelson, New Zealand, at the northern tip of South Island, perhaps the most majestically picturesque place on Earth. The island has been the location for epic fantasy/adventure movies like The Lord of the Rings and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. What Flightcell does seems magical too. They link and track aircraft around the globe, allowing pilots and their flying machines to communicate with a vast array of terrestrial and satellite systems. The Kiwi company of 21 employees punches far above its size and has built a global reputation as the go-to organization for avionic communication solutions. You may have heard of some of their approx. 4,000 customers: the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines, California Highway Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety, Cal Fire, Royal Flying Doctors, Colombian Air Force, and U.S. Department of State. Yes, they have street—and air—cred. [Read More...]



Tags: Flight Tracking Flightcell Flightcell DZM satcom
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest



Sep
06
2021

Bridging the Gap: The Power of Mentorship

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No matter what data set or latest editorial piece you refer to, the one common theme we see reminds us that the professional pilot is in high demand in today’s aviation market. The sculpting of a professional pilot has a myriad of challenges, both for the pilot in development and the educators that pave the way. Coupled with the fact that pilots “don't know what they don’t know” until they are introduced to a specific concept or technique (hopefully correctly), and the mere fact that helicopter operations are frequently operating in environments with numerous unknowns, having a properly equipped pilot with the necessary skill sets is apropos for success.  [Read More...]



Tags: First Officers Pilot Mentoring Pilot Training
Categories: categoryTraining categoryOpinion-Editorial



Aug
30
2021

Editor's Letter - 56 Seconds to Live/Training and Technology

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In February of this year, the United States Helicopter Safety Team, with support from Helicopter Association International, Airbus, and Frasca International produced a short video titled 56 Seconds to Live.  In this chilling video, the viewer is taken on a dramatized journey, which shows a pilot making all the wrong decisions during the process of accepting a flight, which then leads to an IIMC condition, culminating in his death. At the very end his spouse and child stand at his grave. Given the challenging nature of helicopter air ambulance (HAA) work, IIMC accidents have always been a large part of HAA accident stats over the decades. I often wonder: are we getting better as an industry? [Read More...]



Tags: Editors Letter Rotorcraft Pro Editor Lyn Burks
Categories: categorySafety categoryOpinion-Editorial



Aug
23
2021

Maintenance Minute - Adversity Can Lead to Excellence

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Adversity—we can try to run from it, but it is in adversity that we find growth and ultimately, we find excellence. Leadership Coach Les Brown says that there is greatness inside us all. I believe that is true, but I also believe that greatness is revealed through the pain and suffering of adversity. [Read More...]



Tags: Maintenance Minute
Categories: categoryCareer Development



Aug
23
2021

USHST August Safety Report

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10 Fatal accidents for 2021 YTD as compared to 9 for the previous year. READ FULL REPORT. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Accident Reports USHST Safety Report



Aug
16
2021

New Advisory Circular Provides Guidance on Self-Briefings

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Round up five pilots for some hangar flying and you will undoubtedly get a mixed-bag of opinions on what exactly constitutes an official weather briefing and how one goes about getting that illustrious “official weather briefing.”  No need to argue hangar professors! On 15 March 2021, Advisory Circular (AC)  91-92 was released and it is likely one that you will want to read; not only does this AC address the role and legality of online and mobile software platforms in the weather briefing process for pilots, but it also lays out a framework (checklist) of items and resources to utilize for your briefing. For icing on the proverbial cake, there is also a new online course that reviews the concepts covered in the advisory circular!  [Read More...]



Tags: Advisory Circular Advisory Circular (AC) 91-92 Self-Briefing Advisory Circular
Categories: categoryRegulatory



Aug
09
2021

Military to Civilian - What are my job options when I get out?

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Some of the biggest questions military pilots ask when transitioning to the civilian pilot sector are: “What kind of flying jobs are out there for me?” “Which helicopter jobs am I qualified for?” “How much money will I make?” Plus many more questions. To find answers, we looked at our own niche in the helicopter industry and asked our friends in other flying jobs for the information to assemble an overview. [Read More...]



Tags: Military to Civilian Aviation Military to Civilian Helicopter Mechanics Military to Civilian Pilots Military to Civilian Transition Aviation US Army Helicopter Pilots US Army Helicopter Salary
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryCareer Development



Aug
02
2021

Law Enforcement Aviation Continues to Advance

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COVID-19 has shaken global society to its core. Yet the virus hasn’t been able to slow the progress of law enforcement (LE) aviation technology, particularly in the rotorcraft space. Even as the pandemic continues, police aviation units have been pressing ahead with improvements in the equipment and aircraft they are flying – COVID be damned. [Read More...]



Tags: Law Enforcement Aviation Law Enforcement Helicopter Pilots Law Enforcement Helicopters



Jul
26
2021

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - John Harris, Kern County Fire Department

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What is your current position?    I currently fly a UH-1H “Super Huey” as a civilian NVG fire/search & rescue pilot/CFII, for the Kern County Fire Department.   We operate as single pilot, 24/7, with a fire captain in the left seat for water dropping.  For rescues, the captain joins two other firefighter EMT paramedics in the back, to perform hoist recoveries. Tell me about your first flight or experience with helicopters?   My first flight was in an OH-23C (Hiller UH-12C) in March, 1970, to see if I wanted to become a helicopter mechanic. [Read More...]





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