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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



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
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



Jan
24
2022

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Wes Van Dell, Chief Flight Instructor of UND

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RPMN: What is your current position? I am chief flight instructor at the University of North Dakota (UND) and a designated pilot examiner for the FAA. UND Aerospace has been training pilots since 1968 and currently has over one thousand active flight students in fixed-wing, helicopter, and UAS degree programs. As chief flight instructor, I have many responsibilities including the day-to-day operations of the helicopter department, hiring and standardizing instructors, conducting evaluations, and teaching academic classes. We flew a record 126,000 flight hours last year making our home airport of Grand Forks routinely one of the busiest in the country. We’ve operated a number of helicopters over the decades from MD500s to Bell 206s and have transitioned exclusively to the Robinson R44 Cadet this past year. [Read More...]



Tags: University of North Dakota Aviation Wes Van Dell
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryHuman Interest



Jan
17
2022

Best of 2021 - Legacy Renewed

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The American Helicopter Museum & Education Center (AHMEC) in West Chester, Pennsylvania, recently unveiled the crown jewel of its collection: the United States Coast Guard (USCG) HOS-1 that played a leading role in one of the most famous rescues in helicopter history. Also known as a Sikorsky R-6, AHMEC’s HOS-1 (#43-45531) and her crew received accolades for saving survivors of a downed Sabena Airlines DC-4 airliner near Gander, Newfoundland, in 1946, earning her the nickname, “The Gander Express.” [Read More...]



Tags: AHMEC’s HOS-1 (#43-45531) Gander Express Sikorsky R-6 United States Coast Guard (USCG) HOS-1
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest



Jan
10
2022

Best of 2021 - Best of People Remembered

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Best of 2021 - Best of People Remembered Brian Lacks Harold Summers Harry Robertson Shawn Coyle [Read More...]



Tags: Brian Lacks Harold Summers Harry Robertson Rotorcraft Pro Best of 2021 People Remembered Shawn Coyle
Categories: categoryHuman Interest categoryOpinion-Editorial



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
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



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



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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