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Articles for category Human Interest




Jan
18
2013

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro - Stacy Sheard

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By Lyn BurksRPMN: What is your current position? I am a test pilot for Sikorsky Aircraft [Read More...]

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Jan
11
2013

My Two Cents Worth - Characters at Abu Dhabi Aviation

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When I took a job with Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) I felt I’d come full circle in my aviation career. [Read More...]

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Nov
23
2012

Helicopter Pilot Kidnapped - Twice!

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Three huge Nigerians rushed forward and mobbed Dave. A sack was pulled over his head and he was bundled quickly away from the bar and into a waiting minivan. One of the Nigerians began wildly firing his AK above the heads of the others as a warning to stay back and Dave found out later that the guard outside the bar had been held at gunpoint while they made their abduction. The whole thing was over in less than a minute and Dave was now being driven at speed away from the township, and was getting a few punches and kicks from his captors as they showed they meant business. [Read More...]

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Oct
19
2012

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro – Gary Young

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GY: I do remember my first flight! I was eight years old when my uncle flew my mom and me from New Mexico to our home in Texas. It was a bit cramped in that J-3 Cub, but I can still see the view from the cockpit today. I had two uncles with J-3 cubs, so I think they spilled avgas in my veins. My first helicopter flight was in a Bell model 47 at Six Flags over Texas in Arlington, Texas—and that was the hook that could only be satisfied by learning to fly! [Read More...]

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Sep
07
2012

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro - Bob Yerex

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I’m not sure I remember my first flight, I grew up flying with my father who was a pilot for Ford Motor Company. We flew fast freight out of Detroit in the mid-60’s and early 70’s with one of his friend’s cargo companies, so he was able to share his love of aviation with my brother and me. My first Army helicopter flight in training was an interesting exercise made up of two components. One, how much of a huge field I could try to crash in while, two, at the same time trying to keep the shiny side up. [Read More...]

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Aug
17
2012

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro - Barry Lloyd

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Rotorcraft Pro: How did you get your start in helicopters? In the US Army, I started in 1964 in Vietnam. But my dad was a pilot for Eastern Airlines, and we lived in Connecticut near Bradley field which is where some of the early Sikorsky and Kaman helicopter test facilities were located. I grew up watching those helicopters being tested. [Read More...]

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Apr
27
2012

The National Wildland Firefighter Foundation: Where Compassion Spreads like Wildfire

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Since 1999, the WFF has provided emergency support services, including financial assistance and immediate and ongoing emotional support, to over 150 families of firefighters seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. The WFF recognizes pilots and other aviation crews as wildland firefighters when they are involved with fire suppression and management duties. [Read More...]

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Apr
09
2012

Old Friends

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As a measure of something’s quality or worth you could safely use longevity as a yardstick. I am lucky to own and fly a Robinson R-22 that has an early serial number. N9015V was the 11th R-22 to roll off the assembly line in Torrance, California on January 19, 1980. What makes this fact special to me is that I had been hired by Frank Robinson in 1979 to work for him as a mechanic. I was fresh out of A&P school and as green a helicopter mechanic as a Wenatchee apple. Frank had me assigned to work with Dave Akamine who was one of the first mechanics at Robinson Helicopter Company. Dave would try to keep me out of trouble. [Read More...]

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Mar
16
2012

An Excerpt from Dear Mom I’m Alive

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On May 20 1969 I flew a routine mission that turned into a living nightmare. That's how combat flying is. It shifts from the mundane to the horrendous most often when you least expect it. This particular memory has become part of me. I have relived the mission hundreds of times in my mind. It is as clear to me now as if it had happened yesterday. [Read More...]

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Dec
28
2011

We Fly the Enstrom 480B

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We fly the Enstrom 480BStory by Steve GoldsworthyPhotos by Michael EverhartNever one to turn down an [Read More...]

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