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

Sep
28
2015

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro – Jim McCoy

Posted by Admin

What is your current position? Being the owner of a small business, I ask myself that question every day! My official title is chief pilot and CEO of Raven Helicopters LLC in San Diego. That means that my responsibilities range from washing the helicopter and scheduling reservations for charters to sitting in the middle of Mexico watching motorcycles and trucks race across the desert, and filling out all the fun paperwork and administrative duties that come with owning a business. I never know what I will be doing on any given day. Obviously my favorite days are when I just get to fly. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryHuman Interest categoryCareer Development



Sep
21
2015

FIVE MYTHS ABOUT ENHANCED VISION SYSTEMS

Posted by Admin

Myth 1: Enhanced vision systems (EVS) have only one application. Many aircraft owners or operators believe that EVS only applies to operations during periods of darkness. However, enhanced vision systems provide increased situational awareness during day, night, NVG, IFR, firefighting, aerial application, EMS, SAR, ALE, and ISR flight operations. Most flight operations occur during periods of reduced visibility that are associated with obscurations such as fog, smoke, haze, dust, snow, precipitation, or low levels of illumination. All of these can be contributing factors when it comes to possible IIMC or CFIT incidents. EVS helps in mitigating these factors by allowing pilots to see clearly. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryTraining categorySafety



Sep
14
2015

THE BELL HELICOPTER - Training Workhorse of the Vertical-Lift Warfighter

Posted by Admin

If you are a helicopter pilot trained by the U.S. military, you have flown a Bell Helicopter. No other helicopter manufacturer played such a crucial, in-depth role in training military helicopter pilots. For nearly 70 years, Bell Helicopter (formerly Bell Aircraft Company) has supported the U.S. vertical-lift warfighter with a safe, efficient, and predictable training fleet. To this day, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces uses a Bell helicopter as their primary helicopter-training platform. [Read More...]

Bell_MilitaryTraining_2.jpg  Bell_MilitaryTraining_3.jpg  Bell_MilitaryTraining_4.jpg  Bell_MilitaryTraining_5.jpg  Bell_MilitaryTraining_6.jpg  Bell_MilitaryTraining_7.jpg 

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryTraining categoryHelicopter Sectors



Sep
07
2015

ENDORSEMENTS: The Weakest Link for Many Instructors

Posted by Admin

Throughout the training life cycle of a student pilot, the instructor will be required to provide endorsements in the student’s training record. These endorsements will include confirmation of citizenship, preparedness to take a knowledge exam, and most importantly, the final confirmation that a student is prepared to sit before the FAA for a practical examination toward airman certification. It sounds simple enough, however endorsements remain a weak link among many flight instructors. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryTraining



Sep
01
2015

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro - Natalie Jones

Posted by Admin

Where did you get your start flying commercially? After the Alaskan summer tour season was over with TEMSCO, I decided to continue my aviation endeavor at Precision Aviation located in Newberg, Oregon, flying a Schweizer 269C. There is where I achieved my additional ratings: fixed-wing add-on to my helicopter private, commercial helicopter, instrument airplane and helicopter, and helicopter CFI. I continued to instruct at Precision for a couple of years to build my hours and then moved straight into the world of flying a heavy helicopter as second in command (SIC) in a copilot position. I quickly concluded that a heavy helicopter is where my heart belongs. Not only do I love flying utility in the “big iron,” I also enjoy the camaraderie that comes out of working with so many different people from such diverse backgrounds. In this industry we have a bond because of our shared goals and experiences. You don’t necessarily have to be best friends with everyone in the group to know you have their support or that you are there to support someone else. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryTraining categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryHuman Interest



Aug
24
2015

Spies in the Oil Field - My Two Cents July 2015

Posted by Admin

If I were to answer the question as to why I love the helicopter industry so much, I would have to say it’s because of the quirky characters I’ve met and worked with over the years. Characters that immediately come to mind are guys like “Lofty” because of his extraordinary height, “Bambi” because of his doe-brown eyes, a Brit we called “Captain Kleenex” because he had a sinus condition that caused him to leave tissues strewn about all over the cockpit, “Too Tall McCall” because he was short, and an Australian we all called “Trackless” because he was even shorter than Two Tall. (In fact, he was much shorter because his legs were so short his butt would drag behind him and wipe out his tracks, hence the name.) There was also Robert “Don’t call me Bob” because that’s how he introduced himself, “Squeaky Cheeks” because he had an odd walk, a New Zealander we called “Sumo” because he resembled a Sumo Wrestler, a Brit we called “Crusher” because he landed on a load handler hooking up an underslung load on a wellhead in the oil field and “slightly” crushed him. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryHuman Interest categoryTraining categoryHelicopter Sectors



Aug
17
2015

Bleeding Erickson Orange - The Big Picture at Erickson Aviation

Posted by Admin

Rotorcraft Pro Editor-in-Chief Lyn Burks recently visited Erickson Aviation’s Oregon operations to learn more about how the company’s recent investments are poising it for future growth. Imagine you’re a helicopter operator and the phone rings. When you pick it up the conversation goes something like this. Caller: “Hello, I represent the community of Pangnirtung.” You: “P-a-n-t-y – what? I’m sorry, what was the name again?” Caller: “Pangnirtung. Do you know where that is? You: “I’m sorry, I do not. Should I?” Caller: “It’s a small village located on Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut in Northern Canada, just outside the Arctic Circle. It’s one of the most remote and sparsely settled regions in the world.” You: “Oh, OK. Remote, ice, polar bears … got it! So what can I do for you?” Caller: “Well our entire village relies on diesel generators for power and we recently had a fire destroy four of them, leaving many residents with no electricity at all. As you can imagine, no power in this area with temps hitting -17° is a problem. We have a line on several new generators, but they are 160 miles away in the town of Iqaluit. We believe the only way to get them to our remote community in a timely manner is to have them lifted in by helicopter. Is this something that you can do?” You: “Sure, that’s what we do. We specialize in moving heaving things, in very hard-to-reach locations, and in extreme conditions.” [Read More...]

Erickson_Aircrane_1.jpg  Erickson_Aircrane_4.jpg  Erickson_Aircrane_5.jpg  Erickson_Aircrane2.jpg  Erickson_Aircrane3.jpg  Erickson_Bladehub.jpg  Erickson_Hangar.jpg  Erickson_RotorHead.jpg  Erickson_Tolerance.jpg 

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



Aug
08
2015

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro – Richard Bray

Posted by Admin

RPMN: When and how did you choose to fly helicopters? Or did they choose you? I found out about the R-22 and civilian helicopter flight training completely by accident, I saw a helicopter on display at a recreational vehicle show and talked to the pilots and read a brochure. I knew absolutely nothing about it or what questions to ask, but it was a great discovery and it’s been a great career. I’m glad I was ignorant of the business at the time, because if I had known about flight hour requirements for different jobs or turbine time etc. I might not have ever gotten started. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryTraining categoryHuman Interest



Aug
04
2015

RISING ARIZONA Unit Serves Many … in Many Ways

Posted by Admin

During the summer months people don`t realize how quickly the brutal Arizona heat can dehydrate them. This, and other emergency situations often require an immediate response. To provide that response, in 1972 after a 3-year study that included an 18-month proof of concept through the Air Medical Evacuation System (AMES) project, the Arizona DPS initiated an air rescue unit utilizing Bell 206 Jet Rangers. Now after 43 years of continuous service, DPS Air Rescue performs hundreds of rescues every year. After the Jet Rangers, the unit obtained Bell 206L-3 Long Rangers, which performed well until they were replaced with the current fleet of four Bell 407 helicopters. [Read More...]

06.15_AZDPS.png  AZDPS_07.jpg  AZDPS_06.jpg  AZDPS_08.jpg  AZDPS_05.jpg  AZDPS_02_Opener.jpg  AZDPS_01_Cover.jpg  AZDPS_04.jpg  AZDPS_03.jpg 

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHuman Interest



Jul
25
2015

Flight Instructors: Know Thy Neighbors!

Posted by Admin

As a pilot examiner, I have the opportunity to work with many flight schools and instructors throughout my district. I sometimes take it for granted that my visits to flight schools are a rare benefit to me not often afforded to other flight schools in our local area. The ability to see varied procedures and techniques provides insights into how the average flight school conducts business. I often get to see curriculum development, local airport procedures, internal instructor training, and other aspects of day-to-day operations. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryTraining


1 ... 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 ... 69