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Oct
05
2020

Maintenance Minute - Essential Tools

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Looking back, I recall the time just after separating from active duty with the U.S. Air Force. I was attending Alabama Aviation Technical College to obtain my Airframe and Powerplant certificate.  It was during this time that I was hired at Fort Rucker by the helicopter maintenance contractor that supported U.S. military helicopter pilot training. One of the first requirements of this contractor was to have a minimum tools list.  As a young man just out of the military, I did not own many tools nor could I afford to buy a lot.  Taking my tools list, I drove to Sears to comply with the minimum, never dreaming that in the ensuing 39 years I would collect so many thousands of dollars in hand tools, special tools, precision tools and high-end toolboxes. [Read More...]



Tags: Airframe and Powerplant certificate Alabama Aviation Technical College Helicopter Maintenance Maintenance Minute U.S. military helicopter pilot training
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryOpinion-Editorial



Sep
28
2020

Car lot conflagration: A unique fire with many lessons learned

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There are wildfires in the woods, and then there are crazy-strange wildfires such as a recent one in Florida that was fueled by hundreds of cars. When you battle that kind of conflagration, you’re bound to learn a few new lessons. We certainly did. [Read More...]



Tags: Car lot aerial fire Charlotte County Aviation Unit
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest categoryTraining



Sep
21
2020

Executive Watch - Steve Wysong, President of Wysong Enterprises Inc.

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Steve Wysong, the pioneering founder of avionics company, Wysong Enterprises, was born in Dayton, Ohio. That’s fitting, for Dayton also birthed another pioneering aviation shop started by the Wright Brothers. Like those famous flyers, Wysong’s life didn’t have the smoothest takeoff. His pastor-in-training father died before Wysong was born. He was raised by his mother and grandmother—and his grandfather’s power tools. The mother and grandmother nurtured their young boy and the tools occupied his hands and trained his brain. He says, “I didn’t have a lot of father guidance, so I had to do a lot of experimenting and teaching myself how to work with these tools. I played with them a lot and developed pretty good technical skills.” [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Avionics Steve Wysong Wysong Enterprises
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Sep
16
2020

Train to Your Student’s Personality Type by Jamie St. Dennis

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It was 20 years ago that I reported to Fort Rucker, Alabama, as a newly minted instructor pilot, and little did I know that would be the fork in the road that changed the way I would forever see, communicate, and train pilots and people over my lifetime. Many of us took Psychology 101 in college where we received rudimentary information on personality types and cognitive functions. I was unaware at the time how theory would turn into concrete reality, and how observable and quantifiable that theory would be. The Fort Rucker syllabus was typical of any flight training, and the schoolhouse provided a constant flow of students in an environment akin to a laboratory, replete with controls and structure. I had the opportunity to observe multiple students completing the same actions in a controlled environment; it took less than six months before I began to see the patterns. At first, I had no idea what I stumbled upon, it’s significance, and how it would change my teaching. Furthermore, it would solidify in my mind the scientific nature of personality type. [Read More...]



Tags: Flight Training Personality Type
Categories: categoryCareer Development



Sep
16
2020

How to Make the Jump from AMT to A&P by Heidi McBride

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His commanding officer asked Travis Coil, a 4-year air defense artillery Army veteran, what he needed to do in order to convince him to re-enlist. Travis answered, “A $2 million re-enlistment bonus and a two week vacation in Hawaii.” Fourteen years of civilian life later, Travis is now an outstanding and highly qualified A&P mechanic who has worked in a variety of fields within the helicopter industry. [Read More...]



Tags: AMT to A&P Heidi McBride military aviation maintenance training
Categories: categoryCareer Development



Aug
31
2020

Two Bear Air Rescue: Working Together to Save Lives

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Started as a philanthropic project by venture capitalist Michael Goguen and an innovative group of pilots, Two Bear Air Rescue is a unique air support service bridging the gap between local law enforcement and helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operators. Covering an area larger than 120,000 square miles, their operations provide a critical lifeline to the millions of tourists who visit the breathtaking outdoor scenery from Yellowstone to Glacier National Park. Primarily performing search and rescue (SAR), they are an invaluable asset to local law enforcement. [Read More...]



Tags: Bell 429 Rescue Helicopter Flathead County Sheriff's Office Helicopter Rescue Helicopter Search and Rescue L3 WESCAM MX-10 camera Recco locator devices Two Bear Air Rescue
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Aug
24
2020

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Matt Presnal, Coptersafety

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RPMN: What is your current position? I am the regulatory compliance manager at Coptersafety in Helsinki, Finland, which means that I manage and direct all aspects of Coptersafety’s FAA training programs as well as our FAA Level D full-flight simulator qualifications. We operate H125, H145, AW139, and AW169 full flight simulators. Coptersafety is the largest independent simulator training center in the world. We provide helicopter specific initial training and type ratings, recurrent training, and specialty tailored training programs in our simulators for customers around the world. My family and I moved to Finland about three years ago from Canada after I left my previous position of nine-plus years with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation where I held positions as a maintenance test pilot, site manager, and field service representative. [Read More...]



Tags: Coptersafety Matt Presnal Meet A Rotorcraft Pro
Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Aug
17
2020

How the Helicopter Industry is Coping with COVID-19

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COVID-19 has proven to be tremendously challenging for the helicopter industry. The demands of social distancing, sourcing/wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), and working from home don’t exactly align with the lives of pilots, technicians, and air medical personnel. In fact, their jobs are all about being up-close-and-personal in small spaces! [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter and COVID Helicopter Industry Impacts from COVID
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryOpinion-Editorial



Aug
17
2020

USHST August 2020 Monthly Safety Report

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USHST August 2020 Monthly Safety Report [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Accidents Helicopter Safety USHST Safety Report
Categories: categorySafety



Aug
10
2020

Editor's Letter - Let’s Get to 2021—Already!

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I was watching the news a couple weeks ago and the coverage was regarding Hurricane Douglas, a Category 4 hurricane which was bearing down on the Hawaiian Islands. The video footage was of business owners boarding up the windows of their shops. Spray-painted across one business front were the words “2020 Sucks!” I laughed out loud at the sight of it, and thought to myself: “Yep, that pretty much sums it up.” [Read More...]



Tags: Editor Lyn Burks Rotorcraft Pro
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial


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