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Apr
12
2021

Maintenance Minute - Equipping Yourself for Success with Customer Service

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I recall starting the day with excitement, yet nervous anticipation as my civilian helicopter maintenance career began. As a young man, I didn't have a taller-than-me stacked toolbox filled with every possible combination of tools one can imagine. What I had was a two-drawer portable toolbox that was stocked with the bare minimum. When my new boss and future mentor saw this, he asked, “What are you going to do with those plow tools?” By his raw honesty, he certainly succeeded in his intent to change my perspective.  If I was going to be a professional aircraft mechanic, then I had to be equipped for the role. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Industry Customer Service Helicopter Industry Professionalism Helicopter Maintenance
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryOpinion-Editorial



Mar
22
2021

Transitioning During a Pandemic

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So, you’re transitioning during a pandemic that has upended our entire way of life? Have no fear, with some preparation and patience, you will be just as successful as those who transitioned during ‘normal’ times. The good news is that much of the helicopter industry is still hiring. As with any transition, preparation and flexibility are key to your success. Many parts of the networking and hiring process will be different. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Pilot Military to Civilian Military to Civilian
Categories: categoryCareer Development



Mar
08
2021

Executive Watch - Randy Rowles, President of Helicopter Institute

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You likely know Randy Rowles from his training commentary, “Checkride,” in every Rotorcraft Pro issue. However, you may not know that when Rowles takes off his ‘press’ hat, there are more distinguished hats in his closet: he is president and owner of Helicopter Institute Inc., the vice chairman of the Helicopter Association Board of Directors, an FAA designated pilot examiner, and a regular teacher at the annual HeliSuccess career conference. Yes, just as Forest Gump wore “lots of shoes” Rowles wears, and has worn, lots of hats. The difference between them is that Forest was mostly just a witness to history, whereas Rowles has actively participated in and contributed to the rotorcraft industry, especially in the helicopter training sector. “I love the training space,” he says. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Institute Randy Rowles
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest



Feb
15
2021

When FAA Legal Interpretation and Common Sense Collide Does Safety Even Matter?

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A commercial pilot student transferring to our pilot school provided training records that included a cross-country flight that met the requirements of 14 CFR 61.129(c)(3)(iii). It was a 2-hour cross country flight in a helicopter in nighttime conditions that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure. However, it was conducted prior to his private pilot check ride. My initial response was that the flight time was unacceptable because it was pre-private and would not count toward commercial pilot requirements. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryCareer Development



Feb
08
2021

THE COMMUNICATION TOOL

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My first exposure to aviation began in the U.S. Air Force.  When training in my chosen field was postponed, I was asked to crosstrain to a secondary career field.  “We really need aircraft mechanics,” I was told. I readily agreed, and so the adventure began. Later, as a crew chief for the F16 Fighting Falcon, I quickly learned the importance of marshaling aircraft and the use of hand signals…flight controls-check, speed brake-check, stop, go, chock, and the aircraft salute. Little did I know at the time that these simple hand signals would become part of an especially important essential tool that we must use every day. We have already discussed the tool of integrity: doing the right thing, and the tool of commitment: the fuel for action. Let us now look at the essential tool of communication.  [Read More...]



Tags: aircraft mechanics Aviation Maintenance Helicopter Maintenance Maintenance Minute Mark Tyler
Categories: categoryCareer Development categorySafety categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jan
18
2021

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Desiree Horton

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RPMN: What is your current position? I am a fire pilot for Heliqwest. I fly a B205 on a local fire contract in Southern California (Heaps Peak) for the U.S. Forest Service. RPMN: Tell me about your first flight. My first flight was in an R22 out of Torrance, California. I remember walking up to the helicopter wondering, Wow, is this small helicopter going to fly? I had never seen one up close and only knew that helicopters were typically much larger. Once in the helicopter and in a hover I was certain now this was what I would do for living. I was astounded by how it felt to just float above the earth's surface like that. My flight took me over the coast and back to the airport. I was hooked. [Read More...]



Tags: Desiree Horton Forestry Helicopter Pilot Heliqwest Fire Pilot Meet A Rotorcraft Pro
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryHuman Interest



Jan
04
2021

Military to Civilian - Your Priorities

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I was stationed in DC in February 2014 and traveled to Denton, Texas, with two military buddies to get our helicopter ATPs. While in Denton, we went to dinner with my friend, Nico, who had transitioned a year or two before and was flying air ambulance in the DFW metroplex. At dinner the three of us eagerly asked Nico a lot of questions about his transition, finding a job, and his experiences in the civilian helicopter industry. One of the many tidbits of knowledge Nico was sharing really stuck with me; it’s very simple, but genius at the same time. When it comes to any job, there are always three things: equipment, pay, or boss. If you are lucky, you’ll get two out of three! In later conversations, Nico added two more: location and schedule. [Read More...]



Tags: Military Helicopter Mechanics Military Helicopter Pilots Military to Civilian
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryOpinion-Editorial



Dec
07
2020

Military to Civilian - 14 CFR 61.73 - A Military Pilot’s Best Friend

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The regulation is officially titled “Military pilots or former military pilots: Special rules,” but it’s best known by the acronym “MilComp,” short for military competency. It outlines the eligibility and requirements for a military pilot to obtain FAA pilot certifications based on their flight and ground training with the armed forces. Simply put, if you have graduated from a military flight school and haven’t been removed from flying status because of lack of proficiency or disciplinary action, you are eligible for an FAA commercial pilot certificate, instrument rating, flight instructor certificate (for those who were instructor pilots or examiners) and maybe even a type rating. [Read More...]



Tags: 14 CFR 61.73 Military Competence Instructor (MCI Military Competence Non-Category (MCN)
Categories: categoryCareer Development



Nov
30
2020

Be a Truly Professional Pilot

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In an era when so much aviation industry news and training focuses on new technology and keeping up with so-called proficiency as proverbial boxes are checked, one often overlooked important aspect of being a pilot is being neglected—professionalism.  Recently, a colleague reached out for assistance on a new project; his company wanted to create an advisory board to offer advice on their aviation services. I was humbled he sought my advice. He garnered my full attention when he said the company was writing a quick bio on me, and then he asked me, “How long have you been flying as a professional pilot?” I had an easy and ready answer: “Since. Day. One.”  [Read More...]



Tags: commercial pilot certificate professional pilot
Categories: categoryCareer Development



Nov
23
2020

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Dennis Bowdoin, Helicopter Air Specialty Service

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What is your current position? I’m the owner and operator of Helicopter Air Specialty Service, owner and operator of AMP/HASS LLC a Robinson Service Center, owner and operator of the Maple Grove Heliport (E66), and manager of the Maple Grove Airport (65G) at Fowlerville, Michigan. Tell me about your first flight? I had a chain of 126 retail stores and needed to get to one of them fast. I hired a pilot that turned out to be a CFI to get me there. He let me fly! Most expensive flight I ever took. It was a thrill. Five lessons later, I was buying my first helicopter: a Robinson R22. I had no license, but I owned a helicopter, which forced me to get my license. Failure was not an option. [Read More...]



Tags: Dennis Bowdoin Helicopter Air Specialty Service Meet A Rotorcraft Pro
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest


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