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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



May
31
2021

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Eric Tadlock, Maryland State Police

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RPMN: What is your current position? I am currently a Civilian Pilot II, or PIC, flying the AW139 for the Maryland State Police. We primarily provide Medevac services for the state of Maryland as well as search/rescue and law enforcement services. We operate with crews of two pilots and two state trooper/medics at seven 24/7 bases across the state. [Read More...]



Tags: Eric Tadlock Helicopter Jobs Helicopter Pilot Careers Maryland State Police Meet A Rotorcraft Pro
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryHuman Interest



May
24
2021

Military to Civilian - Compensation Packages

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When I got my first job out of the military, I was just happy with getting a job and a pretty good salary. It wasn't until new hires that came after me, did I hear about the compensation packages that they got when they were hired. Compensation packages refer to the combination of wages, salaries, and benefits an employee receives in exchange for work. Compensation may include hourly wages or an annual salary,  bonus payments, incentives, and benefits (such as group health care coverage, disability insurance, and contributions to a retirement savings account). A total compensation package can have several components and tend to vary by employer. [Read More...]



Tags: Civilian Aviation Military to Civilian Helicopter Mechanics Military to Civilian Pilots Military to Civilian Transition Aviation
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryOpinion-Editorial



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)



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