• Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Instagram
  • Youtube
Helicopter Flight Training Sponsors
 Search

Articles for category Company Profiles




Mar
13
2017

Helicopters 2017: What OEMs are Developing

Posted by Admin

With a new year comes a hunger for the new and different. Rotorcraft Pro presents a fresh look at which helicopters and equipment are under development as we start 2017. [Read More...]

OEM_2017_01_AirbusH160.jpg  OEM_2017_02_AurbusVSR700.jpg  OEM_2017_03_Bell505.jpg  OEM_2017_04_Bell525.jpg  OEM_2017_05_BellV-280.jpg  OEM_2017_06_Leonardo_AW009.jpg  OEM_2017_07_Leonardo_AW109_Trekker.jpg  OEM_2017_08_Leonardo_AW609.jpg  OEM_2017_09_MarencoSKYe-SH-09.jpg  OEM_2017_13_RobinsonR66.jpg  OEM_2017_14_RobinsonR66.jpg  OEM_2017_16_SikorskyCH53K.jpg  OEM_2017_11_MD.jpg 

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryHelicopter Event Coverage



Feb
27
2017

La Isla del Encanto - Puerto Rico National Guard Protects The Island of Enchantment

Posted by Admin

During my first meeting with the Puerto Rico National Guard (PRNG) aviation unit, I casually remark, “If you guys work with marine assets around the island, it would be cool to include them in some of our photography.” Without hesitation, the U.S. Army major responsible for handling me pulls out his phone and says, “I know a guy who captains a Coast Guard boat. Maybe I can get him to join us in the bay for some photos with the helicopter.” Soon “Coast Guard guy” is on the phone indicating that he got the supervisor’s approval. If we want to work with his ship, he will be in San Juan Bay around 14:30 for an escort mission. As you will see, such cooperation and coordination is common in Puerto Rico, and born out of necessity. LAY OF THE LAND … AND SEA Puerto Rico is a Caribbean archipelago that includes the namesake island, and a number of smaller ones like Mona, Culebra, and Vieques. At 110 miles wide and 40 miles long, the main island is actually quite small, especially when compared to its western neighbor, Hispaniola, which includes the countries of Haiti and Dominican Republic. Still, don’t let Puerto Rico’s small footprint fool you. With over 3.5 million residents and a large tourist population, its diverse terrain has become a mecca for all things outdoors. You can surf world-class waves at dawn, spelunk the world’s largest caves by mid-morning, leap off a jungle waterfall in the afternoon, and summit a 5,000-foot mountain as the sun is going down. During the night, darker, more hidden activities often occur. Puerto Rico can be a hotbed of drug smuggling, human trafficking, and other illegal activities. Although not its primary mission, the PRNG aviation unit plays a vital role in protecting the island and its people from some criminally bad guys. However, the operational area for the PRNG aviation unit is not just restricted to the island itself. The area extends west to Isla de Mona (an island between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico), and all the way east to St. John’s, U.S. Virgin Islands. This expands the operational area to a staggering 7,600 square miles, with much of those miles over water. [Read More...]

PRNG_01_OPENER.jpg  PRNG_02_OPENER.jpg  PRNG_03.jpg  PRNG_04.jpg  PRNG_05.jpg  PRNG_06.jpg  PRNG_07.jpg  PRNG_08.jpg  PRNG_10.jpg 

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHuman Interest categoryHelicopter Sectors



Feb
13
2017

EXECUTIVE WATCH: Joe Braddock of Southeast Aerospace

Posted by Admin

Southeast Aerospace launched in 1993 in a one-room office in a strip shopping center. The four members of the Braddock family were the entire company. Marianne handled administrative duties; the Braddock boys sold. “We had a small repair station at the time with literally one bench,” Braddock recalls. “We’d peddle parts, take the profits, and reinvest them into the repair station until we built it up.” The family business built up indeed. Today, Southeast Aerospace has approximately 130 employees who work out of 100,000 square-foot facilities in Melbourne, Florida, as a middle-market company. Father Braddock retired in 2014. Older brother John ascended to president and CEO. Joe’s responsibilities as executive vice president include sales, marketing, and business development. While Southeast Aerospace’s impressive growth testifies to his success in these areas, his start wasn’t exactly auspicious. The young man would attend major exhibitions like Heli-Expo and NBAA, without always being properly equipped. “I was nervous. I didn’t know anyone, and nobody knew who I was. I’m not even sure if I had business cards back then,” he says with a trace of bemusement. Yet, even without an abundance of confidence—or cards—Braddock dug deep and persisted. “I forced myself to go up to people and ask them questions about their families, etc. It was nothing too personal, but I wanted to get people talking so that we could continue the conversation. I just threw myself into the fire. I don’t see a lot of people today who want to do that, because they don’t want to take risks. Something ‘bad’ might happen. So what? If someone’s a jerk, they’re going to be a jerk anyway. If someone’s nice, then they’re going to be nice.” [Read More...]



Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Jan
02
2017

Helinet Aviation Charts Many Markets

Posted by Admin

Over the last 10 years, the vehicles on Southern California’s roads have multiplied like rabbits. Unsurprisingly, there’s been increasing demand for helicopter charter services to fly over the traffic jams. Helinet Aviation, in business since 1987, answers this need by providing unparalleled helicopter services for multiple markets. Their VIP charter division has seen a significant increase in clientele over the past few years as they have become the top choice for clients who fly above it all. “Anyone who lives in Southern California understands the freeway system is a gridlock nightmare,” says Brady Bowers, manager of Helinet Aviation’s charter division. “Corporate executives do not have time to waste sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. That travel agony has really encouraged an increase in clientele for VIP charter." [Read More...]

HelinetAviation_00_OPENER.jpg  HelinetAviation_03.jpg  HelinetAviation_04.jpg  HelinetAviation_06.jpg  HelinetAviation_07.jpg  HelinetAviation_08.jpg  HelinetAviation_09.jpg 

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



Nov
07
2016

Executive Watch - Paul Daigle of AAL USA/Blackhall Aerospace

Posted by Admin

Now a platoon leader and air mission commander, his first combat tour was eight months. “Combat is 90 percent boring, just flying in circles, and 10 percent of the worst that could ever happen, but I had the opportunity to fight in some cool places (including the Battle of Fallujah). Being an air mission commander of a team of Apaches is probably the coolest thing that anyone could ever do.” He also gained knowledge that would later serve him well in his future civilian career. “I was very tied into aircraft maintenance. I’d go fly with my warrant officers for up to eight hours, and then I’d go spend the rest of the day on the flightline. I valued my maintenance guys and I developed a very sound understanding of maintenance operations.” [Read More...]



Categories: categoryHuman Interest categoryCompany Profiles



Oct
31
2016

Dī´vʉrs´ - Chatham County Mosquito Control Air Unit’s Differing Services

Posted by Admin

If I mention Chatham County, Georgia, you might well ask, “Where’s that?” If I say Savannah, you most likely know the location. The coastal city is well known for its Southern charm and rich American history that draw tourists from all over the world—who often go searching for Forrest Gump’s famous bench. Savannah and surrounding Chatham County is a community on the water. Not only does the Savannah River run through the county, but the Atlantic Ocean abuts its eastern shore, while swamps and tidal estuaries abound. All this H2O creates a unique problem for the county, its visitors, and residents. It’s the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos—lots and lots of them. As you will see, the team at Chatham County Mosquito Control (CCMC) takes its job of controlling that pesky population very seriously. I was surprised at how the science of insect control intersects with helicopter operations. Furthermore, CCMC’s diverse aviation operations go well beyond mosquitoes, as they serve county residents and tourists in many valuable and cost-effective ways. [Read More...]

MosquitoControl_1_Opener-b.jpg  MosquitoControl_3_LoadingLarvacide.jpg  MosquitoControl_4_SpreadingLarvacide.jpg  MosquitoControl_5_MechanicsLoadSprayer_Adulticide.jpg  MosquitoControl_6_Cockpit.jpg  MosquitoControl_7_PickupDivers.jpg  MosquitoControl_8_DeployDivers.jpg  MosquitoControl_9_ShorthaulVictims.jpg  MosquitoControl_Diver_training.jpg 

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryTraining



Sep
12
2016

NIGHT FLIGHT CONCEPTS’ L.E.A.S.E. MAKES SENSE

Posted by Admin

Texas-based Night Flight Concepts (NFC) has impressive numbers. It has an instructor staff with 39,109 flight hours that has trained 1,443 students. It has inspected and repaired 3,391 night vision goggles, and has 300 customers worldwide. Yet, there’s also another thing at which the company excels: It creates clever acronyms to trademark its brands. Take SOAR, for example. Sure, it’s a common aviation word, even biblical: “They will soar on wings like eagles” comes to mind. (Looks like Isaiah was in the fixed-wing camp.) However, S.O.A.R.TM is also NFC’s service that provides comprehensive airborne resources for any mission: Special Operations Aviator Resources. That’s creative naming. Don’t agree? Well, Madison Avenue types get paid big bucks to brand everything from video to bottled water, and they still deliver failures like Sony Betamax and Coor’s Rocky Mountain Spring Water. (It’s true that some beerheads compare Coor’s beer to water, but that’s just harsh!) [Read More...]

NFC_LEASE_00_OPENER-v2.jpg  NFC_LEASE_01.jpg  NFC_LEASE_02.jpg  NFC_LEASE_03.jpg 

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



Aug
22
2016

Executive Watch - Mike Stanberry of Metro Aviation

Posted by Admin

“I was oil field trash.” When an interview starts with a quote like that, good stories are in store. However, Mike Stanberry, the president, CEO, and sole owner of Metro Aviation headquartered in Shreveport, Louisiana, is much more than just a storyteller. Rather, he has seized opportunities throughout an eventful career to create one of the rotorcraft industry’s premier companies. When President Obama implies that owners didn’t build their businesses, you get the distinct impression that Stanberry would reply, “Yes, Mr. President, we did.” [Read More...]



Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHuman Interest



Aug
15
2016

REACHing New Heights in Helicopter Air Ambulance

Posted by Admin

I have just finished a day's contract flying and am now driving back home on a four-hour trip. I’m a little fatigued, but mostly just bored. I need new energy in the car. Fortunately, I have a phone interview scheduled to begin now with Don Wharton, REACH Air Medical Service’s director of business development. With both cruise control and phone speaker on, I start my phone's voice recorder and make the call. Wharton answers and his enthusiasm immediately comes flooding into my car—goodbye boredom! I ask him, "In your own words, what's the Reach mission?" Without hesitation, Wharton replies, "Right across the ranks, it's our obsessive focus on safe and efficient transportation of our patients and always doing right by them in every situation. Depending on the situation, sometimes we substitute the word 'patient' with community, partner, or customer, but we are committed to the high-road process that produces the best result." [Read More...]

REACH_01_possible_OPENER.JPG  REACH_02_possible_OPENER.JPG  REACH_03.jpg  REACH_04.JPG  REACH_05.JPG  REACH_06.JPG  REACH_07.jpg  REACH_09.JPG  REACH_010.JPG  REACH_AirMedCare_Map.jpg 

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jun
21
2016

BATTLE ON THE BORDER - U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s McAllen Air and Marine Branch

Posted by Admin

For several decades now, illegal immigration and security along the Mexican border has been a political hot potato for citizens and legislators alike. Politicians have thrown it back and forth, hoping the potato would cool. Well, thanks to a certain 2016 U.S. presidential candidate turning up the heat, it seems the illegal immigration issue is hotter than ever. The fall of 2015 found Donald J. Trump making statements like, “Not only will we (the U.S.) build a wall on the Mexican border, but Mexico will pay for it.” That, and many other soundbites, turned a political potato into a political fireball, and the issue is once again on the American public’s front burner. [Read More...]

Customs_04_OPENER.JPG  Customs_05-v2.jpg  Customs_06-v2.jpg  Customs_07-v2.jpg  Customs_10.5-v2.jpg  Customs_10.JPG  Customs_11.JPG  Customs_12.5.JPG 

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors


1 ... 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ... 15