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May
17
2021

MAINTENANCE MYTHS

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A myth is generally defined in this context as a widely held but false belief or idea. And when it comes to aircraft maintenance, a majority of aircraft owners and a smaller number of mechanics seem to thrive in that mythical maintenance world. So pop in your copy of Magic Carpet Ride and let’s take a journey down the yellow brick flight line to unlock some of those long-held maintenance myths.  MYTH: The mechanic is responsible for maintaining the aircraft. No. While a mechanic is responsible for the specific work they perform, in reality, it is the owner who is held responsible overall by the FAA for maintaining the aircraft in airworthy condition. The feds even conveniently stated that in black and white in FAR Part 91.403(a).  So if you think you get a pass on all regulatory maintenance infractions, you may want to think again and be more involved in the maintenance processes that take place on your aircraft.   And just when you think you have that myth resolved, the owner is also responsible for compliance with the requirements of Part 39, Airworthiness Directives. This is also stated in Part 91.403(a). So while your APIA may check for the actual AD compliance during every Annual inspection, the owner is the one who is accountable to the Man. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Maintenance Helicopter Mechanic Duties and Responsibilies Helicopter Mechanic Liability
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryRegulatory



May
10
2021

Executive Watch - Martin Peryea, CEO of Jaunt Air Mobility

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"I have a love and hate type of thing with helicopters," Martin Peryea says with a little laugh. Indeed, he should have mixed feelings. The CEO and chief technology officer of Jaunt Air Mobility, a leading new company on the frontier of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, spent decades researching and developing traditional helicopters for Bell Helicopter and headed up that manufacturer's futuristic aircraft development organization, Xworx. For years, he's worked in the trenches of helicopter development and fought against traditional rotorcraft shortcomings. “Rotorcraft design is probably the most challenging issue in all of aviation," he says. "I appreciate it's tough to take new technologies to market because of certification and regulatory costs. In addition, every new rotorcraft program throws a flurry of technical issues at you. I don't like how we still have acoustical signature helicopter noise issues and safety issues that haven't been fully addressed." [Read More...]



Tags: electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Jaunt Air Mobility Martin Peryea
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



May
03
2021

2020-2021 U.S. Pilot Salary Survey

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Rotorcraft Pro’s annual U.S. Pilot Salary & Benefits Survey was initially launched seven years ago in an effort to monitor and report trends on the salaries of pilots in the industry. Traditionally, surveys were sent directly to employers via snail mail in ballot form, then collected and tabulated. This old method did provide interesting results, but because employers are reluctant to reveal the exact salaries and benefits they provide, the sampling could be rather small and probably wasn’t always representative of the larger whole. Online technologies have given us the ability to survey many working pilots and their employers, thus generating more participation throughout the industry. This year’s survey had excellent participation and obtained the latest information on helicopter pilots: [Read More...]


RCP03042021_Salary Survey-w.pdf (3.23 MB)




Apr
26
2021

Editor's Letter - You never know who’s listening to you!

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I have a friend of 30 years, who’s a former firefighter colleague. We do not see each other much, but we stay in touch. Recently, he texted me: “I have a friend that I would like to network with you for a post Coast Guard helicopter pilot career. I believe he flies Jayhawks now. Can I give him your number?” Naturally I told him yes, as I never turn down someone seeking career advice. Agreeing to such requests has been a theme in my career and has happened several times per year over the course of my 36 years of work experience. Sometimes it was related to my military or fire-rescue experience, but the majority has centered on my time flying helicopters. I have always been a fan of mentorship, whether it be ‘one-off’ interactions with aspiring pilots seeking advice, or more formal, structured mentorship programs similar to what I have done with organizations like Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and HAI. [Read More...]



Tags: Editor Lyn Burks Helicopter Mentors Rotorcraft Pro Editor Lyn Burks
Categories: categoryCareer Development



Apr
19
2021

URBAN AIR MOBILITY

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NASA says it best. It’s gonna take a revolution! They call it revolutionary vertical lift technology (RVLT), and how right they are. According to a PowerPoint presentation from Johnson, Silva (2018), a revolution in design, sizing, propulsion, blade design, rotor performance, geometry, and handling qualities will be required for urban air mobility (UAM) to evolve to a viable and sustainable system. Additionally, they say, their baseline system must “design aircraft, which will produce less than 50% of the climate-impacting emissions of today’s fielded technology” and those aircraft must be whisper quiet. UAM is an obvious next-step in urban transportation systems. After Lyft and Uber run their course, what’s next in urban mobility? Elon Musk is headed underground with his tunnels. But aren’t tunnels just an upgrade to the London tube system? What’s left is above ground. Disney likes the Monorail. China and Japan are both strong proponents of a monorail system and are heavy users as well. Moreover, whereas monorails are technically “above ground”, they are still attached to the surface. That leaves the airspace directly above the ground, but not quite high enough to enter the national airspace system (NAS), as a last frontier.  [Read More...]



Tags: revolutionary vertical lift technology (RVLT) urban air mobility (UAM) urban transportation systems urban unmanned aerial system (UAS)
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHelicopter Sectors



Apr
12
2021

New U.S. Helicopter Safety Team Report Lays Down a Path for Automatic Flight Control Systems in Light Helicopters

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WASHINGTON DC – As a result of its comprehensive analysis of fatal helicopter accidents, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) determined that loss of control while inflight has been a leading factor in accident causes, especially involving light helicopters. Current light helicopters have flight characteristics that are challenging and demanding of pilot workload. In response, the USHST is moving forward with some first steps to increase safety by encouraging the development and installation of stability augmentation systems and autopilot devices that increase the flight stability of light helicopters. [Read More...]



Categories: categorySafety



Apr
12
2021

Maintenance Minute - Equipping Yourself for Success with Customer Service

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I recall starting the day with excitement, yet nervous anticipation as my civilian helicopter maintenance career began. As a young man, I didn't have a taller-than-me stacked toolbox filled with every possible combination of tools one can imagine. What I had was a two-drawer portable toolbox that was stocked with the bare minimum. When my new boss and future mentor saw this, he asked, “What are you going to do with those plow tools?” By his raw honesty, he certainly succeeded in his intent to change my perspective.  If I was going to be a professional aircraft mechanic, then I had to be equipped for the role. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Industry Customer Service Helicopter Industry Professionalism Helicopter Maintenance
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryOpinion-Editorial



Apr
05
2021

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - David Luke, Vice President of Night Flight Concepts

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RPMN: What is your current position? I’m co-founder and vice-president of Night Flight Concepts and FAA repair station accountable manager. RPMN: Tell me about your first flight or experience with helicopters. I was an enlisted specialist, E-4, in the U.S. Army as a medium lift helicopter mechanic on CH-47Ds. It was 1994, while assigned to Bravo Company (Varsity) 7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Brigade out of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, when I was selected above my peers to go to a flight crew-member board consisting of our unit flight standards and flight platoon sergeants. After being accepted, I was assigned to the 1st flight platoon and designated a crew chief and taken on my first flight around the military reservation on a routine training flight. It was the most electrifying experience I had in my life at the time. The combination of perilousness, adventure, excitement, riskiness all at once changed my life forever. I was hooked. [Read More...]



Tags: David Luke Night Flight Concepts
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest



Mar
29
2021

IN FIVE YEARS, HELICOPTER MAINTENANCE WON'T BE THE SAME

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By inventing technological advances that allow Health, Usage and Monitoring Systems (HUMS) to expand to the smallest of rotorcraft, GPMS is democratizing a powerful tool that not long ago was reserved only for heavy helicopters.  GPMS launched its compact, speedy and lightweight next-gen Foresight MX in 2018, and it's already proving its worth many times over.  GPMS co-founders Eric Bechhoefer and Jack Taylor met at Goodrich (now Collins Aerospace), where they worked on first-generation HUMS that weren't feasible for 95 percent of aircraft because they cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, weighed more than 100 pounds, and required signal processing experts to interpret data. A former Naval aviator, Bechhoefer decided he was going to re-engineer and put the product within reach of all sizes of helicopter. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categorySafety



Mar
22
2021

Transitioning During a Pandemic

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So, you’re transitioning during a pandemic that has upended our entire way of life? Have no fear, with some preparation and patience, you will be just as successful as those who transitioned during ‘normal’ times. The good news is that much of the helicopter industry is still hiring. As with any transition, preparation and flexibility are key to your success. Many parts of the networking and hiring process will be different. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Pilot Military to Civilian Military to Civilian
Categories: categoryCareer Development


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