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Dec
19
2013

A League of Their Own – Southeast Aerospace

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Back in 2011, an interesting movie was released named Moneyball. The movie was based on the story of Oakland A’s general manager, Billy Beane. His former General Manager (GM), Sandy Alderson, mentored him in the art of sabermetrics (statistical analysis). In turn, Beane successfully assembled a lower-budget team based on emerging prospects and undervalued veterans that consistently performed. Most other Major League Baseball teams during this time were interested in high-priced superstars that may or may not have consistently produced. One theme I noticed throughout the movie was consistent, well placed singles beat a few home runs every time. [Read More...]

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Dec
12
2013

Sikorsky’s Half-Century Workhorse

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Story by Rick WeatherfordPhotos by Aris HelicoptersIn the early 1950s, the Sikorsky S-55 made its [Read More...]

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Dec
05
2013

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

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It appears the Australians put a higher value on patient safety than our FAA, NTSB and even Congress. That’s a pretty strong statement, isn’t it? Let me tell you how I arrived at that conclusion. When my article “The Power of CRM” appeared in the August 2013 issue of Rotorcraft Pro my wife, Kaye, and I were in Australia, flown there by the Aeromedical Society of Australasia so that I could deliver two keynote speeches at their 25th scientific meeting of HEMS operators. My first keynote address was entitled “US Aeromedical Accidents – What can Australasian HEMS learn from our Mistakes?” On the second day I delivered a keynote address entitled “CRM in Aeromedical Operations - Why CRM/AMRM (Air Medical Resource Management) is Absolutely Vital to HEMS Safety.” [Read More...]

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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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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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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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...]

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