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Jul
18
2013

Flying the Osprey - Helicopter Dyslexia

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Flying the V-22 Osprey is a dream I could not have imagined happening in my lifetime. However, through a serendipitous meeting with Dr. Kevin Hutton, CEO of MedEvac Foundation International (the organization that sponsored me to be the keynote speaker at the Association of Air Medical Services, Air Medical Transport Conference) Kevin said he could arrange for me to ‘fly’ the Osprey simulator. It was an invitation too good to pass up. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Jul
11
2013

Meet A Rotorcraft Pro Glenn Wargo

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RPMN: How did you get started transporting helicopters? WARGO: Well the first airframe I, myself, transported was my sailplane. I’d land out; we’d put it on a trailer and bring it back to the airport. But as far as H. W. Farren goes, I started work here in 1989. We moved big machinery back then; we didn’t really specialize in helicopter transport. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Jul
05
2013

Fairfax County Police - A Lesson In Versatility

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When I was a kid, my mom always had a ready supply of catchy “wisdoms” that fit every occasion, and even future occasions. A few of my favorites were: “Make sure you wear clean underwear in case you need to go to the emergency room,” “That won’t last as long as a fart in a whirlwind,” and “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly is to the bone.” However, the one I still reflect upon to this day is “Watch your pennies and your dollars will take care of themselves.” [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Jun
28
2013

My 2 Cents Worth - Bad Ergonomics

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Badly thought-out ergonomics nearly got me killed in January 1969. As you may know, a segment of flight safety called ergonomics is the study of designing equipment and devices in the cockpit that fit the human body. The incident occurred three months into my one-year tour as a UH-1H Huey pilot in Vietnam. Ironically, it was my first real close brush with death over there, ironic because it didn’t come at the hand of a V.C. with an AK-47, or from an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade). Instead, I nearly lost my life at the hand of the company instructor pilot who was checking me out in the Bell 205 while giving me my aircraft commander check ride. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Jun
20
2013

Bell Helicopter to Re-Enter the Short Light Single Helicopter Market

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This week, from the Paris Airshow, Bell Helicopter announced its return to the short light single (SLS) engine helicopter market with a new product designed to specifications based on the input of a customer advisory council. Bell Helicopter’s new, five-seat entry-level aircraft is expected to complete its first flight in 2014 with certification to follow as quickly as possible. [Read More...]

Categories: categorySpecial Announcements



Jun
06
2013

1 Day, 3 Missions, 4 Lives Saved!

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It was a week after Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Bob Papp had given his “State of the Coast Guard” address. Capt. Joseph P. Kelly, commanding officer of Air Station Elizabeth City, had set aside an afternoon for all-hands training to watch the speech and reflect on themes from the address. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



May
31
2013

NETWORKING FOR HELICOPTER PROFESSIONALS

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Schmoozing. Brown-nosing. Unfortunately, networking is often thought of as one of these less than flattering activities. I encourage you to think again. Embracing the true concept of networking could be the vital link to your desired career opportunity. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCareer Development



May
28
2013

Aviation Accident Prevention Bulletin - Authorized Flight Helmet Parts

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Discussion: Some flight helmets may contain outdated components that don’t afford the same level of protection as updated components. Additionally, some manufactures are misrepresenting their products by stating that they meet military specifications (milspec) or that they’re “exactly the same” as milspec helmets and related components. Wearing helmets that don’t meet the agency requirements is not only against DOI and USFS policy, it’s downright dangerous! [Read More...]

Categories: categorySafety



May
23
2013

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro - Nicole Vandelaar

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RPMN: Tell me about your first flight. VANDELAAR: My first flight in a helicopter was in an R22 out of Troy, Michigan. I went to take the age old intro-flight out of a local flight school in college. We hovered over the skylight of a nearby mall, and quite frankly, it scared me. It took me about two weeks to admit that, but I was really impressed with the machine, so I decided to take up training. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHuman Interest



May
17
2013

Aerial Firefighters Are Prepared For Busy Fire Season

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Private sector aerial firefighters report their aircraft are mission-ready for what could be another devastating fire season in the US, as dry conditions continue to persist over much of the country. In fact, according to a US Forest Service (USFS) spokesman, the 2013 fire season is projected to be similar to last year’s, when 9.3 million acres of wildland were destroyed, by a total of 67,674 fires. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors


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