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Jan
29
2011

GOMER - Working in the Gulf of Mexico: Part 3

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ARTICLE&VIDEO GOMER - Flyin in the Gulf of Mexico:Part 3 In the previous two articles and video supplements I covered the required qualifications and training involved for pilots who wish to work in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). In this installment, my intent is to explore a few issues that impact the lifestyle of a pilot working in the GOM and some tips for adjusting to this unique work environment. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jan
26
2011

National EMS Pilots Association AO21 Survey Results

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This is a preliminary report of a survey completed by 568 active helicopter EMS pilots in September and October of 2010. The solicitation to pilots to participate in this survey included the following introductory statement: [Read More...]

Categories: categorySafety categoryRegulatory categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jan
20
2011

Interview with Kurt Robinson about RHC and the R66 Part 2

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As I sit outside a restaurant talking with Pat Cox and Pete Riedl in the gorgeous So Cal weather, I can’t help but think about flying helicopters. I wonder aloud why I chose to drive and not fly down to the Robinson plant in Torrance, California. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Jan
12
2011

Company Profile: Helicopter Specialties Inc.

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Helicopter Specialties Inc (HSI) is a Part 145 maintenance, repair, overhaul and custom completion company located at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville, Wisconsin. Their niche is helicopter medical conversions and custom completions. One of their more unique products are custom isolettes systems used for transporting infants. [Read More...]

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Jan
05
2011

Colorado Heli-Ops & Scenario Based Training: A New Breed of Training!

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For the majority of helicopter flight schools, their honest efforts to meet students’ goals of attaining FAA Certificates at various levels are based on the principles of Maneuvers Based Training (MBT). This system was developed during the era of the Wright Brothers, specific to airplanes, and teaches a pilot to “fly” to a Practical Test Standard (PTS) defined by the FAA. Although pilots who learn to fly through MBT can “fly” the helicopter within the parameters for which they are trained, it is no doubt an antiquated training model by modern day standards. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryTraining



Dec
28
2010

Company Snapshot - Paradise Helicopters

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By Lyn Burks - Recently while in Kona Hawaii on helicopter related business, I swerved off my intended course and popped into a local helicopter operation called Paradise Helicopters. Compared to some of the larger tour operators I have visited over the years, this operation had a true “mom and pop” look and feel. I later found that the outward image of quaintness mixed with a smidge of “Leave it to Beaver” family values was by design. However, scratching through that facade revealed a thriving, hardworking, all around skids-meet-the-ramp helicopter shop. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Dec
15
2010

Reminiscing About Rotorcraft Pioneers with Sergei Sikorsky

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Interview by Brad McNally, Contributing Editor - As we wrap up the Rotorcraft Pioneers Series I was lucky enough to have a chance to talk with one of the few people who have been involved with helicopters in North America from the beginning, Mr. Sergei Sikorsky. He’s crossed paths with more than few of the people profiled in the Pioneers Series and I had the chance to ask him about helicopters, his father’s legacy and his encounters with some of the people I profiled. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Dec
08
2010

Rotorcraft Pioneers - Part X: Igor Sikorsky

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One name more than any other is synonymous with helicopter development, Igor Sikorsky. Often regarded as the father of the helicopter, Sikorsky was actually an incredibly talented aeronautical engineer who twice established himself as one of the world’s greatest designers of fixed wing aircraft before he built a successful helicopter. After designing, building and flying the first successful North American helicopter, Igor Sikorsky led the company which still bears his name through over forty years of helicopter innovation. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Nov
29
2010

GOMER: Working in the Gulf of Mexico - Part 2

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GOMER: Working in the Gulf of Mexico - Part 2 Article, Photos, & Video by Lyn Burks In my experience, if you would like to see how serious a helicopter operator is about safety, then look no further than its new hire or recurrent pilot training programs. On one hand, there are programs which barely meet the FAA minimums, with their training program loosely packaged between the covers of Part 135 Operations Specifications. On the other, there are operators who go beyond the OpSpecs and fill the training “tool box” with innovative techniques and dedicated people. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryBecoming A Pilot categorySafety categoryHelicopter Sectors



Nov
23
2010

Rotorcraft Pioneers: Wes Lematta - Founder of Columbia Helicopters

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By Brad McNally - In 1957, Columbia Helicopters started with one helicopter flying primarily in Oregon. That first year the company grossed $20,000. Forty years later the company grossed $100 million (Bernstein, 2009). Today Columbia Helicopters employs 700 people and has over 20 helicopters operating around the world. The story of how Columbia Helicopters grew to be one of the premier heavy lift and heli-logging companies, operating the world’s only commercial tandem rotor helicopter fleet starts with its founder Wes Lematta. [Read More...]

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