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Aug
09
2021

Military to Civilian - What are my job options when I get out?

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Some of the biggest questions military pilots ask when transitioning to the civilian pilot sector are: “What kind of flying jobs are out there for me?” “Which helicopter jobs am I qualified for?” “How much money will I make?” Plus many more questions. To find answers, we looked at our own niche in the helicopter industry and asked our friends in other flying jobs for the information to assemble an overview. [Read More...]



Tags: Military to Civilian Aviation Military to Civilian Helicopter Mechanics Military to Civilian Pilots Military to Civilian Transition Aviation US Army Helicopter Pilots US Army Helicopter Salary
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryCareer Development



Aug
02
2021

Law Enforcement Aviation Continues to Advance

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COVID-19 has shaken global society to its core. Yet the virus hasn’t been able to slow the progress of law enforcement (LE) aviation technology, particularly in the rotorcraft space. Even as the pandemic continues, police aviation units have been pressing ahead with improvements in the equipment and aircraft they are flying – COVID be damned. [Read More...]



Tags: Law Enforcement Aviation Law Enforcement Helicopter Pilots Law Enforcement Helicopters



Jul
26
2021

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - John Harris, Kern County Fire Department

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What is your current position?    I currently fly a UH-1H “Super Huey” as a civilian NVG fire/search & rescue pilot/CFII, for the Kern County Fire Department.   We operate as single pilot, 24/7, with a fire captain in the left seat for water dropping.  For rescues, the captain joins two other firefighter EMT paramedics in the back, to perform hoist recoveries. Tell me about your first flight or experience with helicopters?   My first flight was in an OH-23C (Hiller UH-12C) in March, 1970, to see if I wanted to become a helicopter mechanic. [Read More...]






Jul
19
2021

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF’S AVIATION SECTION SERVES FLORIDA’S FOURTH LARGEST COUNTY

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I bet if you were to ask where Hillsborough County, Florida, is located, most people couldn’t point to it on a map. However, if I asked about cities like Tampa and St. Petersburg there would be instant recognition. Although it may lack in name recognition, this fourth largest county in Florida is rich in history and progressively serves its 1.4 million citizens and seasonal visitors on many fronts. The 1,266 square mile county was established in 1834 and was named for Wills Hill, the Earl of Hillsborough, who served as British Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1768 to 1772.  It should be noted that I found an interesting historical tie to aviation in my research. Did you know that Hillsborough County was home to the world’s first scheduled airline service, which was founded by Tom Benoist who signed the world’s first airline contract on December 17, 1913 and began operations on New Year's Day 1914. The St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line began flying passengers and cargo on the 23 mile leg from St. Petersburg to Tampa using flying boats. In 1914 depending on means of travel: the trip from St. Petersburg to Tampa could be 2 hours by boat, 20 hours by car, or 4 to 12 hours by train. However, by flying boat, the travel time was about 23 minutes. [Read More...]



Tags: Aviation Section HCSO Hillsboro County Sheriffs Regional Domestic Security Task Force
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Jul
12
2021

Executive Watch - Jean-Charles de Troy Managing Director of Helisim LLC

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“I have the best job in the world. If I have to start over again, I’d do this job exactly the same.” That’s a rarely heard bold statement in any industry, but Jean-Charles de Troy, managing director of Helisim LLC, proudly proclaims it from deep in the heart of Texas where he helped establish Helisim in North America. Helisim, with centers in both France and Texas was founded 21 years ago from a consortium of Airbus, Thales AVS, and Défense Conseil International. It is a pilot’s pilot training company—literally.  For de Troy comes from a father who was a Bird Dog pilot for France in the Algerian War and who continued to fly as a private pilot for pleasure. He passed his love of aviation on to his son, who says, “Flying is in my DNA.”  As a young child, de Troy always had a toy airplane in his hand, which he would put down to hold one of his very first books The Little Aviator. The story stuck. Even when de Troy was old enough to work alongside his two sisters in their parents’ restaurant, named Le Chanzy, in the northern French town of Arras, he dreamed of being a pilot. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryHuman Interest categoryCareer Development



Jul
05
2021

Simulation Technology Advances Enhance Reasons to Use Helicopter Simulation Training

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All over the world, helicopter flight training is at the heart of every facet of helicopter operations. Whether training a new hire, or providing recurrent training to seasoned pilots, the quality and quantity of training can have an impact on areas like accident rates, safety in operations, and direct operating costs. As is in most industries, technology is advancing rapidly and making simulation training more realistic and cost effective. It used to be that only larger helicopters like the Sikorsky S76, Bell 412, or Airbus Super Puma would have simulators available for clients to train in. Now even light twins such as Airbus H135 and single engine helicopters such as Bell 505, Airbus H125 and Robinson R44 have simulators available for training. [Read More...]



Tags: Entrol flight simulation flight simulators FlightSafety International FRASCA Helicopter Simulator Advance HeliSim Rotorsim
Categories: categoryTraining categorySafety



Jun
28
2021

Law Enforcement is Still a Noble Profession

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Ever since my daughter went into a high school criminal justice magnet program in the ninth grade, she wanted to work in law enforcement (LE). She recently had several events come together, which kicked off the career that she has worked hard for. She finished an internship with a federal LE agency, graduated with her bachelor’s degree, and was accepted into another university’s graduate program for LE intelligence. Within two weeks of graduation, she was hired by an LE agency. I’ve always been a fan of LE. Although not directly in it, I’ve been tied to that field for much of my career in more ways than one. Having said that, given the current political environment, and my own child’s entry into the field, I couldn’t help but wonder: Is now a good time to be entering LE? [Read More...]



Tags: APSON 2021 Law Enforcement Helicopters Rotorcraft Pro Editor Lyn Burks
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jun
21
2021

Evidence Based Training

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Have you heard the term “evidence based training” (EBT)?  It’s sometimes referred to as “competency based training.”  EBT is a relatively new approach to flight training developed in 2013 on behalf of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that was led by a group of airline industry experts to increase the effectiveness of pilot training to meet the challenges of airline operations in the 21st century. If the past is any indication of the future, I think we will hear more about EBT in our industry.  [Read More...]



Tags: Competency-Based Education in Aviation Evidence Based Training International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryTraining categorySafety



Jun
14
2021

Why Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Are Coming and What This Means for Helicopter Pilots

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For any helicopter pilot paying the scantest bit of attention to the news, the conclusion is inescapable: Commercial unmanned aircraft – a.k.a. drones – are no longer toys. They have grown in size, payload capacity, mission profiles, and range to become bonafide aerial platforms.      The fact that commercial unmanned aircraft are achieving ‘critical mass’ (the minimum size or amount of something required to start or maintain a venture) raises big questions for helicopter pilots: Will the advent of drones take work away from humans? Or does this emergence open up vast new possibilities for aerial applications – and new employment opportunities for pilots as a result? [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Urban Air Mobility UAM
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jun
07
2021

Maintenance Minute - Stretch and Grow

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It all began with a motivational poster bought from the trunk of a car. That poster hung on my bedroom wall for years, positioned so it would be the last thing I saw before going to sleep and the first thing I saw upon waking up. (No, I was not married at the time.) These seven words I saw and contemplated multiple times every day: Change Your Thoughts and Change Your World. [Read More...]



Tags: Aircraft Maintenance Helicopter Maintenance Helicopter Mechanics Maintenance Minute Mark Tyler
Categories: categoryCareer Development


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