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Apr
22
2011

Waiting in the Wings - Qualified Pilot Internship Pipeline

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By Barry Pomeroy - The answer to the shortage of qualified helicopter pilots and the ‘gray area’ for certified low time commercial helicopter pilots are; Interns - voluntary second pilots in VFR/SPIFR commercial and HEMS operations. I am Barry Pomeroy, I am a low time Commercial pilot with an existing career, and I am writing this as the result of a failure matrix analysis after observing and participating in the industry for approximately six years. I attend, listen, and read everything I can get my hands on from the helicopter world. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCareer Development



Apr
14
2011

Rumblings from Independence Avenue: Trouble Ahead for HEMS?

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By Bill Winn - The sound of thunder on the near horizon can herald hope or fear, depending on whether you are a drought-stricken farmer or a Golden Retriever with a serious phobia of both the boom and flash of lightening. My dog Max literally climbs into bed between me and Joyce during every thunderstorm, and lies there shivering uncontrollably until the storm has passed. It's like having one of those vibrating beds you find in cheap motels. [Read More...]

Categories: categorySafety categoryRegulatory



Apr
07
2011

Yulista Aviation - First Impressions Count Big

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By Ron Whitney - Madison County Executive (MDQ) airport is not an unfamiliar destination for me. Located a little over 17 nm to the northeast of Huntsville International (HSV) Airport, this uncontrolled general aviation airport was a frequent refueling stop while I was in the EMS business. The one thing I always loved about MDQ was that the line guys were always waiting on me, regardless of the time, or the weather. Even if I was only buying thirty gallons of Jet A, they treated us as if it were five thousand. The service here is simply the best I’ve seen in thirty years of flying. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Mar
30
2011

FAA Broadens Requirements for CRM

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After analyzing data on accidents within commercial aviation over a 10-year period, the Federal Aviation Administration published a new rule in January of this year that requires all Part 135 operators employing more than one pilot to install Crew Resource Management training. The final rule gives commercial operators until March 22, 2013 to establish CRM programs for both initial and recurrent training, and to have those programs approved. After that period, certificate holders conducting Part 135 operations will be prohibited from using a crewmember unless that person has completed the certificate holder’s initial CRM training. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryRegulatory



Mar
23
2011

TWO CREW OR NOT TWO CREW: an NVG Dilemma

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Night flight usage and technology have grown exponentially in the past few years and the dilemma from FAA mandate to have a minimum of 2 crewmembers for NVG flight operations below 300’ AGL has evolved as well. There are two general sides taken in this discussion. The first is the belief that NVG operations can be conducted safely with only the pilot using NVGs, while others believe that NVG flight operations below 300’ AGL is a multi-crew task. Each side of the discussion believes the alternative to be undesirable. In this article, we will take an objective look at this issue. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryTraining categorySafety



Feb
28
2011

Watch Video Blasts from HELI EXPO

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WATCH VIDEOBLASTSFROMHELIEXPO 2011 Didn't get to attend Heli Expo 2011? No problem...... Rotorcraft Pro Media Network & Justhelicopters.TV will give you an inside look at some of the show highlights and products via the web. Video blasts from Heli Expo in Houston, TX will be posted during the days following the event, so stay tuned! Click Here to Watch Videos! [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHelicopter Event Coverage



Feb
21
2011

Training helicopters benefit Government of Iraq

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Story by: Spc. Amie J. McMillan BAGHDAD –The recent arrival of three Bell T-407 training helicopters at Camp Taji will help to train qualified Iraqi Army pilots to operate and maintain the helicopters, as well as, rapidly accelerate the fielding and utilization of Iraqi Armed 407 Armed Scout Helicopters which are scheduled to be fielded by the end of 2011. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryTraining categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryHuman Interest



Feb
15
2011

Robinson’s R66 The Rest of the Story Part 3

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The sound of metal skid shoes scraping against runway asphalt is never pleasant. But today, there is nothing more fun than doing full down autos in Robinsons new R66. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Feb
09
2011

Do We Really Need New Rules

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Actually “we” probably do…or at least one or two of us need a little firmer guidance from the FAA and/or our operator. When I started flying patients in dire need about forty-one years ago we had very few restrictions. Of course, it was a combat zone and we were very young and bold. Many years later after losing far too many friends who bravely pushed into the jaws of death, even in peacetime, it is clear to me that one doesn’t become “old and bold” unless we restrict ourselves and exercise restraint and good judgment on every single flight, no matter how critical. It has also become clear to me that a few of our peers need adult supervision from time to time. [Read More...]

Categories: categorySafety



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


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