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Apr
18
2022

OEMs Take MRO to the Next Level with Digital Technology

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There will always be a place in maintenance repair & overhaul (MRO) services for wrench-turning mechanics using their grease-honed handiwork to keep helicopters flying. However, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo Helicopter, Sikorsky (a Lockheed Martin company) and the Robinson Helicopter Company are harnessing the power of digital technology to bring their customers the very best in MRO services. Here are some of the advances that will improve MRO services that might be used by our readers in the year to come. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Technology
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



Apr
11
2022

Military to Civilian - Change

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Transitioning from the military can be daunting to say the least. If you’re still active duty and considering your transition, whether after 5 years or 25 years, you probably have a lot of questions swirling around in your head. I made the leap about 6 years ago, but my process started about 5 years prior to that. I hope that some of my experiences and observations can help you as you consider your future beyond the uniform. [Read More...]



Tags: Military to Civilian Aviation Military to Civilian Transition Helicopters Military to Civilian Transtion Pilots
Categories: categoryCareer Development



Mar
30
2022

Maintenance Minute - Balance

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Balance is critical. It doesn’t matter if it’s the helicopters we fly and maintain, a person on a tightrope or just managing our everyday life. Maintaining balance is required if we are to continue to progress and minimize our limiting factors. We can take anything to the excess and quickly get out of balance. That’s why it is a good idea to have an accountability partner to help you see things that you may miss seeing yourself. The saying “you can’t see the forest for the trees” is accurate and sometimes briefly stepping away will clear one’s focus. [Read More...]



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



Mar
28
2022

Executive Watch - Larry Alexandre President, United Rotorcraft

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The first impression is that Larry Alexandre seems not properly placed to lead United Rotorcraft, a well-known maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) leader that specializes in customizing helicopter medevac interiors one aircraft at a time. Alexandre is passionate about Lean, the practice of creating a more effective business by eliminating wasteful practices and focusing on value creation for customers. “Very few MROs in our industry believe that Lean principles apply in our world, often because they believe it is only for high volume manufacturing. I’m a big believer in and practitioner of Lean principles to rally an entire team around making your business better (through efficiency) and creating value for your customers.” Earlier in his career when he worked in Operations at Turbomeca, Alexandre says, “I enjoyed taking inefficient practices, often rampant in fragmented industries like the helicopter industry, and making them more efficient and process-oriented. I started each day with the belief that anyone in the team, with the right focus, could find waste in their processes, eliminate it, and improve efficiency.” [Read More...]



Tags: Larry Alexandre Larry Alexandre President United Rotorcraft
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHuman Interest



Mar
18
2022

Helihack Alien Vegetation Clearing Operation: Western Cape, South Africa

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Combine a highly skilled pilot, a capable helicopter for the environment, and a skilled team of volunteers and you get Helihack. It’s an ambitious and challenging project, placing skilled chainsaw operators high-up by helicopter in otherwise inaccessible mountainous locations. In late 2017, Cape Town was the first major city in the world to announce it was approaching “Day Zero” – a reference for the day its water supply would largely run dry. Authorities say they will shut down the municipal water system when the city’s water reservoirs drop to 13.5 percent capacity. The Helihack project offers one more way to help avoid or at least delay Day Zero by eradicating prolific non-native vegetation in the watersheds surrounding the reservoirs. The Western Cape mountain ranges cover one of the Strategic Water Source Areas (SWSAs) for surface water in South Africa. SWSAs cover 8% of South Africa yet supply 50% of the mean annual runoff. Among the biggest threats to SWSAs are invasive alien vegetation and drought exacerbated by climate change. [Read More...]



Tags: AS350 Helicopter Vegetation Eradication Helihack South Africa Rotorcraft Pro Airbus Helihack Rotorcraft Pro Helicopter Vegetation Removal Rotorcraft Pro Helihack Utility Helicopter



Mar
14
2022

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro - Jerry Trimble

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RPMN: What is your current position? My wife, Alison and I own Jerry Trimble Helicopter Inc. We started the company in 2007 with one helicopter and one airplane. We provide primary and advanced flight training in both helicopters and airplanes. Our school is located in McMinnville, Oregon. RPMN: Tell me about your first flight or experience with helicopters? I flew with my dad, Robert Trimble, in one of his Bell 47s back in the ‘50s. He worked for Etna Helicopters along with his two partners – Bill Mathews and Erling Hertager. [Read More...]



Tags: Jerry Trimble Helicopters Meet A Rotorcraft Pro
Categories: categoryHuman Interest categoryOpinion-Editorial



Mar
07
2022

Safety is TOPS!

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The air tour industry has been heavily scrutinized in recent years. Whether for safety concerns by the general public and legislators, noise complaints, or limiting access to National Parks, operators in this sector have been faced with challenging times. Intensify the situation with the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and these companies barely continued to keep the lights on this year. Fortunately, air tour operators are resilient and resourceful with helping to address these types of issues. They provide a valued service to passengers who eagerly seek out this mode of sightseeing and who might not otherwise have access to the unique and beautiful locations throughout the world. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicoper Tour Operators TOPS Tour Operators Program of Safety
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categorySafety



Feb
28
2022

Bleeding Orange  - Erickson Inc. celebrates 50 years in business as a global  leader in  aircraft  manufacturing and aerial  operations

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The employee commitment at Erickson Inc. is like that of a great sports team. The employees are the athletes, the coaches, and even the fans. The term “bad ass” is thrown around amongst employees. They proudly display the company colors and act upon the company culture with personal commitment. In 50 years of business, Erickson has become legendary as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operation, and as an aerial services company. A common phrase heard among Erickson employees is “bleeding orange,” which demonstrates the team’s tenaciousness and drive for safety and service. With nearly 800 employees working worldwide, they strive to save both people and property through aerial firefighting and defense missions, while accomplishing civil aviation services with heavy-lift helicopters. They do this with capable hands and an eye on the mission. [Read More...]



Tags: Erickson Composite Rotor Blades founder of Erickson Air-Crane heli-logging Jack Erickson S-64 Air Crane Sikorsky S-61 Skycrane



Feb
21
2022

Helicopter Industry Officially Reopens with Heli-Expo 2022!

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Of course the headline above is a smidge spectacular and only a little dramatic. Although the helicopter industry was negatively impacted by the pandemic, it never really shut down. Reflecting on this time last year, I remember when the Helicopter Association International made this announcement: “Until the beginning of 2021, all signs had pointed toward a successful show. Over the past week, as second deposits became due for exhibitors, a large number either pulled out or expressed discomfort with attending or exhibiting. The Board of Directors looked at the numbers and made a difficult decision that continuing with HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 was not in the best interest of the industry.” [Read More...]



Tags: Lyn Burks Editor Rotorcraft Pro
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryHelicopter Event Coverage categoryOpinion-Editorial



Feb
14
2022

Helicopter Tech Continues to Advance

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Last year may have been a tough year for the world in general due to COVID-19, but there was still lots of good news when it came to the latest and greatest in helicopter technology. Here's what the industry achieved in 2021. [Read More...]



Tags: 4K cockpit video recording system AW609 AC4 twin-engine tiltrotor commercial S-70M EDAT electronically distributed anti-torque helicopter electric motors hybrid helicopters S-70M Type Certificate Vita Rescuer System
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors


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