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Articles for category Opinion-Editorial




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
28
2020

Best of 2020 Legacy - Rudy Frasca

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Rudy Frasca was a true pioneer in the world of flight simulation. He was first inspired by his older brother’s model airplane that motivated him to learn to fly at the tender age of 14. “From then on, he was just hooked,” said his daughter Peggy Prichard, marketing manager for Frasca International. Frasca joined the Navy in 1949, teaching pilots at the Glenview Naval Air Station on early Link Trainers. After the Korean War, he attended the University of Illinois Aviation Research Laboratory at Urbana-Champaign, where he honed his flight simulation skills and conducted research in aviation psychology. [Read More...]



Tags: Frasca Simulation Rudy Frasca
Categories: categoryHuman Interest categoryOpinion-Editorial



Dec
21
2020

Executive Watch - Romain Trapp, Airbus Helicopters

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The Airbus Helicopters Inc. president and head of the North America region for helicopters was once so shy he was afraid to phone anyone he didn’t know. Romain Trapp says, “I was really super shy. I had to write down in advance every word I planned to say in a call.” So, the college accounting and finance student got fed up with his handicap and devised a strategy to overcome it. “I came to the point where enough was enough and I began to force myself out of my shyness,” he says. “For example, I volunteered to organize a conference at my college; it forced me to interact with people. Eventually, I worked my way out of my shyness, so that I now have no problem speaking to an audience of 200 people.” That’s a good thing, because presiding over a global original equipment manufacturer (OEM) like Airbus Helicopters is not a cubicle-in-the-bowels-of-a-building position for the super shy. It requires someone who can get out into the rotorcraft world, see how it’s changing, and react. When pressed to talk about his personal strengths as a top corporate executive , the humble leader says, “My strength, I think, is my ability to grasp the big picture and develop strategy from that view. Also, I develop a sense of belonging to the team as soon as I start a new job. You’ll notice that when I talk, I use the word ‘we’ and never ‘them’ nor ‘I.’ Finally, I have developed an ability to adapt to changing circumstances because I’ve had different responsibilities in different countries.” [Read More...]



Tags: Airbus Helicopters president Romain Trapp
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest



Dec
14
2020

Editor's Letter - Good Riddance 2020

Posted by Admin

I think that most people would agree that our holiday card pretty much sums up how many of us feel about 2020. Not really helicopter themed as our previous cards have been, but if it causes a bit of a chuckle and captures the lighter side of the human spirit, then we achieved our goal. [Read More...]



Tags: Editor Lyn Burks Helicopter Magazines Helicopter Publications Rotorcraft Pro Editor
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial



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



Nov
16
2020

Maintenance Minute - Essential Tools Part 2

Posted by Admin

I clearly remember that life-changing day in April 1990.  It was my first day working as a helicopter mechanic at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. The radio call dispatched the helicopter, the pilot brought the machine to life and the medical crew strapped in as the Bell LongRanger took to the air. It seemed like only minutes later the aircraft returned, and the patient was rolled past me to the Level I trauma center. From that moment on, life was different as the purpose for my work became clearer in that instant.  [Read More...]



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



Nov
09
2020

From Fragile to Formidable: 77 Years of Helicopter EMS

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1943 was the first year that helicopters were used to perform emergency medical services (Helicopter EMS; aka HEMS). According to The Smithsonian Institution’s magazine Air & Space, it was a Sikorsky YR-4B flown by the U.S. Army in Asia that conducted the first HEMS mission in April 1944. The two-seater YR-4B flown by Carter Harman rescued three wounded U.K. Commandos and a downed pilot from the Burmese jungle, lofting one at a time to safety using four separate flights. Since then, helicopters have become essential civilian/military ‘air ambulances.’ The road from that relatively fragile YR-4B to today’s formidable HEMS machines made by Airbus, Bell, Leonardo, MD Helicopters, and Sikorsky (now part of Lockheed Martin) has not been a smooth one. It took persuasion and performance to convince skeptics that helicopters belonged in the EMS realm. [Read More...]



Tags: Air Evac Lifeteam Flight For Life in 1972 History of EMS Helicopters Med-Trans REACH Sikorsky YR-4B
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial



Oct
13
2020

Editor's Letter - What a Difference Six Months Can Make

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“My only point is to remind those of us who receive the benefits of altruistic servants to be thankful for their desire to do some of the dirtiest work on the planet. Every day (not once or twice in a lifetime, but every day) these amazing people intentionally put themselves into the most dangerous situations and environments. They inject themselves into people’s lives at the lowest points, when people are most scared, most sick, and generally at their worst. They do this repeatedly to help someone in need, to make that person’s life better.” [Read More...]



Tags: EMS Front line workers HAA HAA Medics HAA Pilots HEMS Pilots
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



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
28
2020

Car lot conflagration: A unique fire with many lessons learned

Posted by Admin

There are wildfires in the woods, and then there are crazy-strange wildfires such as a recent one in Florida that was fueled by hundreds of cars. When you battle that kind of conflagration, you’re bound to learn a few new lessons. We certainly did. [Read More...]



Tags: Car lot aerial fire Charlotte County Aviation Unit
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest categoryTraining


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