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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...]

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



Sep
19
2013

HELICOPTER LEASING – Challenges & Opportunities!

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HELICOPTER LEASING – Challenges & Opportunities! By Aubrey Point and Gary Fitzgerald Pure operating leasing is a relatively new, but fast growing, financial product in the helicopter world. The numerous benefits of operating leasing are matched by some substantial challenges that are inherent in the structure of the helicopter operator industry. This article aims to explain these challenges and opportunities for operators and investors alike. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Sep
12
2013

Helicopter Pilot Insurance Coverage Trends

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Helicopter Pilot Insurance Coverage Trends By Rick Lindsey Helicopter accidents can result in property damage, death or catastrophic injuries. When things go wrong, there is usually plenty of blame to go around. Read the headlines today and you’ll see that millions of dollars have been awarded in liability lawsuits. Helicopter pilots are trained, highly skilled, cautious and careful professionals who understand the importance of being proactive by double-checking all systems, safety checks, and other factors when piloting a helicopter. A pilot must be prepared to be thrust into a dangerous or unexpected situation at any moment and have the skills to react quickly. [Read More...]

Categories: categorySafety categoryRegulatory



Sep
05
2013

Avionics Upgrades Breathe New Life into Old Birds

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Avionics Upgrades Breath New Life into Old Birds by James Careless The Bell 212 Twin Huey is a venerable rotorcraft, with 45 years of history under its blades. Unfortunately, a decades-old helicopter cockpit experiences a lot of wear and tear. Add analog 'steam gauge' displays, and the result can be a visually shabby, technologically-obsolete cockpit that can compel all but the hardiest of helicopter enthusiasts to pay more for brand new aircraft - even if the older model still has lots of life in it! [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Aug
29
2013

CRM – The Last Line of Defense!

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CRM – The Last Line of Defense! by Randy Mains Imagine you’re an aviation doctor and you hold the cure to save lives in a deadly segment of helicopter aviation. One day you learn that the FAA has finally mandated that all Part 135 operators must be administered this cure, or they cannot fly. You gladly offer the cure, knowing it can save lives. However, you soon discover that the parent (the helicopter company) of the patient (the flight crew) doesn’t want to give the full dose because of the added time and expense it takes to administer it. So the helicopter company waters down the dose to near microscopic proportions, which satisfies the letter of the law, while successfully avoiding the spirit of the law. But in their effort to save time and money, they render the cure totally useless. It is my opinion that’s what’s happening in many HEMS programs. [Read More...]

Categories: categorySafety categoryHuman Interest



Aug
23
2013

NOTARious! – REBUILDING MD HELICOPTERS AND REVIVING NOTAR

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As a working helicopter pilot of 22 years, I have watched the bumpy business roads that MD Helicopters has travelled. Although the legacy of MD is much older than its owner, Lynn Tilton, it seems like it may have inherited its resilient scrappiness from the company’s matriarch. [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Aug
15
2013

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro - Heidi McBride

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RPMN: Tell me about your first flight. My first flight was in an R-22 in beautiful Bend, Oregon. I remember walking out to the helipad and being in utter shock at the size of these tiny helicopters! After working as mechanic and flying as aircrew on MH60-Jayhawk helicopters in the Coast Guard for seven years, the downsize was truly astounding. However, I was completely charmed… that is, until I found out I had to carry a cushion just to reach the yaw pedals. Needless to say, my ‘glory’ moment was comically diminished. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHuman Interest


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