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Jan
04
2021

Military to Civilian - Your Priorities

Posted by Admin

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

Posted by Admin

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



Oct
19
2020

Check that box, and fly it to the ground!

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This true ordeal occurred on 14 April 2000, and was written by Chris Kruse, a retired U.S. Army and civilian medevac pilot: St. Paul, MN 14 April 2000, 16:12 hrs. Bell 222UT, N225LL NTSB: CHI-000FA111 Sometimes life comes at you in small drips. At other times, like a fire hose stream. And still at other times, it resembles a water tower collapse. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Crashes Helicopter Emergency Procedures Helicopter Safety
Categories: categoryCareer Development categorySafety



Oct
05
2020

Maintenance Minute - Essential Tools

Posted by Admin

Looking back, I recall the time just after separating from active duty with the U.S. Air Force. I was attending Alabama Aviation Technical College to obtain my Airframe and Powerplant certificate.  It was during this time that I was hired at Fort Rucker by the helicopter maintenance contractor that supported U.S. military helicopter pilot training. One of the first requirements of this contractor was to have a minimum tools list.  As a young man just out of the military, I did not own many tools nor could I afford to buy a lot.  Taking my tools list, I drove to Sears to comply with the minimum, never dreaming that in the ensuing 39 years I would collect so many thousands of dollars in hand tools, special tools, precision tools and high-end toolboxes. [Read More...]



Tags: Airframe and Powerplant certificate Alabama Aviation Technical College Helicopter Maintenance Maintenance Minute U.S. military helicopter pilot training
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryOpinion-Editorial



Sep
16
2020

Train to Your Student’s Personality Type by Jamie St. Dennis

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It was 20 years ago that I reported to Fort Rucker, Alabama, as a newly minted instructor pilot, and little did I know that would be the fork in the road that changed the way I would forever see, communicate, and train pilots and people over my lifetime. Many of us took Psychology 101 in college where we received rudimentary information on personality types and cognitive functions. I was unaware at the time how theory would turn into concrete reality, and how observable and quantifiable that theory would be. The Fort Rucker syllabus was typical of any flight training, and the schoolhouse provided a constant flow of students in an environment akin to a laboratory, replete with controls and structure. I had the opportunity to observe multiple students completing the same actions in a controlled environment; it took less than six months before I began to see the patterns. At first, I had no idea what I stumbled upon, it’s significance, and how it would change my teaching. Furthermore, it would solidify in my mind the scientific nature of personality type. [Read More...]



Tags: Flight Training Personality Type
Categories: categoryCareer Development



Sep
16
2020

How to Make the Jump from AMT to A&P by Heidi McBride

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His commanding officer asked Travis Coil, a 4-year air defense artillery Army veteran, what he needed to do in order to convince him to re-enlist. Travis answered, “A $2 million re-enlistment bonus and a two week vacation in Hawaii.” Fourteen years of civilian life later, Travis is now an outstanding and highly qualified A&P mechanic who has worked in a variety of fields within the helicopter industry. [Read More...]



Tags: AMT to A&P Heidi McBride military aviation maintenance training
Categories: categoryCareer Development



Aug
17
2020

How the Helicopter Industry is Coping with COVID-19

Posted by Admin

COVID-19 has proven to be tremendously challenging for the helicopter industry. The demands of social distancing, sourcing/wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), and working from home don’t exactly align with the lives of pilots, technicians, and air medical personnel. In fact, their jobs are all about being up-close-and-personal in small spaces! [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter and COVID Helicopter Industry Impacts from COVID
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryOpinion-Editorial



Aug
03
2020

AMO is one of few organizations still seeking pilots – and it's even offering special salary rates

Posted by Admin

On any given day, an Air and Marine Operations pilot with U.S. Customs and Border Protection could be conducting surveillance for narcotics over the waters surrounding Puerto Rico, utilizing an AStar's advanced camera system to help the DEA safely serve a "buy bust" warrant in New Orleans, helping the Border Patrol in Laredo locate people trying to cross the U.S. border illegally, flying over New York City in support of NYPD operations, or patrolling a national security event such as a Super Bowl or U.N. General Assembly gathering. [Read More...]



Tags: US CBP Salary Rate US Custom and Border Protection US CZBP Air and Marine Operations
Categories: categoryCareer Development


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