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Nov
27
2013

Travis County STARFLIGHT

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STARFlight (Shock Trauma Air Rescue)is the Air Operations Division of Travis County, Texas. It is a public safety air rescue program that is unique because it performs critical transport, firefighting, rescue, and limited law enforcement support. STARFlight is based in Austinand serves not only the citizens of Travis County, but also 19 other counties within a 75-mile radius. The majority of the calls are to assist those who are experiencing medical problems or suffering from traumatic injuries from motor vehicle crashes or other activities. When requested, STARFlight regularly transports very sick patients in rural hospitals to larger, better-equipped hospitals. [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



Nov
22
2013

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro - Lyn Burks

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Meet a Rotorcraft Pro – Lyn Burks What is your current position? I am fortunate to wear several hats, which keeps things interesting. I am the Owner / Developer of Justhelicopters.com and VerticalReference.com. I am the Co-Owner / Editor In Chief of Rotorcraft Pro Magazine. I also produce the HeliSuccess Career Development and NightCon Night Vision Conferences. Additionally, although I no longer fly full time, I still fly as a contract pilot several days per month. I am current in the Agusta A109E and the Sikorsky S76 C+. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Nov
14
2013

My Two Cents Worth (October 2013 Issue) - Randy Mains

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Randy Mains: My Two Cents Worth The following is the beginning of my latest book, The Reluctant Activist. I stood next to the helicopter’s tail plane, looking up in disbelief at the massive damage I’d done. The accident was entirely my fault. I knew I shouldn’t have been anywhere near a cockpit this morning. My mind wasn’t focused on flight training, but I decided to fly anyway. It was a stupid mistake. The reality of knowing how badly I’d screwed up sickened me. As well as losing my wife to another man recently, it seemed likely I could now lose my job. This was not turning out to be one of my better mornings. [Read More...]

Categories: categorySafety



Nov
07
2013

Helicopter Emergency Medical Services And Weather Related Accidents

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Helicopter Emergency Medical Services And Weather Related Accidents by Bryan Butler Many organizations are looking at ways to help make the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) safer. The FAA is working with FAR Part 135 Operators along with Organization such as HAI, CAAMS and AAMT to bring in voluntary solutions. One simple solution to help alleviate many of the night HEMS Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) accidents is by changing the night VFR visibility minimums for FAR Part 135 HEMS Operations. But what should they be changed to? To help determine that answer let us first look at the root cause of many of our fatal HEMS accidents since January 2000. [Read More...]

Categories: categorySafety categoryRegulatory categoryHelicopter Sectors



Oct
31
2013

6 Tips to Keep Your Helicopter Career Moving Forward

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6 Tips to Keep Your Helicopter Career Moving Forward By Janie Foster & Stacy Sheard 1. Be in control In order to move forward in your career, you need to exercise some semblance of control over it. You are accountable for your own success; stay proactive, think ahead, make goals, build a timeline, look for opportunities, and be adaptable enough to change plans when an unexpected opportunity comes your way. 2. Stay positive If you think your dream job is impossible, then you may as well give up now. Your attitude will determine your success. It is easier to reach something if you are optimistic, see possibility, and actually believe it is attainable. Positive people are inspirational and a pleasure to be around – no one wants to hang out with a Negative Nancy. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCareer Development



Oct
24
2013

Aviation Specialties Unlimited : Night Vision - Business Vision

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Aviation Specialties Unlimited Night Vision – Business Vision Article, Photos & Video by Lyn Burks Helicopter flight training wearing Night Vision Goggles (NVG) is as exciting and interesting as any other new skill or technique that can be learned in a helicopter. It’s right up there with learning touchdown autorotations! The one and only buzzkill is that, as the name of the device suggests, you must be using them at night. It’s all fun and games --- until your flight-training block is from 0200 – 0400. [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryTraining categorySafety categoryRegulatory



Oct
17
2013

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro : Adam Aldous

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Meet a Rotorcraft Pro – Adam Aldous RPMN: What is your current position? I am the President and CEO for Night Flight Concepts, Inc. where I oversee operations for our company. I continuously set our corporate vision and business strategies that align with current and future business opportunities in NVG (Night Vision Goggles) related activities. RPMN: What does Night Flight Concepts do? Our company is a comprehensive NVG solution provider. We specialize in premier NVG training and maintenance capabilities for all sizes and types of aviation organizations around the world. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Oct
10
2013

White Hot: Adding a Thermal View with EVS

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White Hot: Adding a Thermal View with EVS By Rick Adams I was driving on the turnpike through western Massachusetts a number of years back, enroute to Boston, and the fog was thick. I should have pulled off and waited for better conditions, but I had a hotel reservation for that night and appointments the next morning. So I followed the only visual aids I had – the stripes on the side of the road and the taillights of the car in front of me. If the car ahead had gone off a cliff, well … [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryTraining categorySafety



Oct
03
2013

My 2 Cents Worth - Breaking the Error Chain

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My 2 Cents Worth - Breaking the Error Chain By Randy Mains “This is stupid!” What wonderful words to break the error chain. I’ve certainly said it when I’ve been flying. Like in bad weather when scud running, or doing anything in the air where I figured I probably shouldn’t be there. “This is stupid,” can potentially be one of those simple, but brilliant, ideas designed to let you, the pilot, know it’s time to call it quits, go home, and thus prevent really scaring yourself and possibly having an accident. [Read More...]

Categories: categorySafety



Sep
19
2013

Bashing a Million Bucks with a Hammer

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Bashing a Million Bucks with a Hammer Story by Byron Edgington Back in Ohio I landed my first stable, long-term—I thought—commercial flying job. The position was with a start-up company in Toledo, with a brand new helicopter, and the promise of an experience many pilots never have, the chance to start a flight operation from the ground up. It was also the first time I got canned. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHumor & Poetry


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