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Sep
08
2010

NAVAL Rotorcraft Pioneers-Part VI

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By Brad McNally - As you read this article it is almost a certainty that somewhere on the high seas there is a helicopter belonging to one of the U.S. naval services conducting naval operations. For the past 60 years these operations have been commonplace. That was not the case in the early 1940s when helicopters were in their infancy. No one tried to apply the helicopter’s unique capabilities to the naval environment until mid World War II. This all changed thanks to a group of dedicated individuals who saw the significant contributions that helicopters could add to the Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps. This article showcases three true Naval Rotorcraft Pioneers. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Aug
24
2010

Kurt Robinson on the R66 - Interview

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Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Aug
17
2010

Need Money To Fly?

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In aviation today, it is financially difficult to fund advancement in the helicopter industry. However, there are opportunities out there. These opportunities can be found through the Whirly-Girls Organization. The Whirly-Girls Organization is a non-profit organization of International Female Helicopter Pilots. The organization is a charitable organization that is dedicated to advancing women in helicopter aviation through the industry’s largest pool of annual scholarships, while providing women helicopter pilots a forum for the exchange of information and opportunities. Each year, the Whirly-Girls Organization attends the HAI conference and awards these scholarships. [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryBecoming A Pilot categoryTraining



Aug
10
2010

Vector Revisited- Written & Video Feature

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WRITTENANDVIDEOFEATURE - Vector Aerospace Revisited One of the more satisfying aspects of this business is when you have the opportunity to actually watch a company grow, succeed, and prosper. It is not very often, considering the recent economic conditions, that will a company not only set about on an ambitious growth plan, but actually goes quite a bit beyond it as well. Just two years ago we traveled to Andalusia, Alabama to visit the folks at Vector Aerospace. Based at the South Alabama Regional Airport, 79J, Vector’s first operation in Alabama was initially spread among six or so hangars and administrative facilities on the south side of the airport. [VIEWARTICLE&VIDEO] [Read More...]

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Aug
03
2010

Aerial Surveillance Solutions Guide: Improving Outcomes and Capabilities

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Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jul
27
2010

Rotorcraft Pioneers V - Charles H. Kaman

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By Brad McNally, Contributing Editor - An essential characteristic of anyone starting out in a new venture is determination and no one in the rotorcraft industry better exemplifies this than Charles Kaman. In the mid 1940s, working in the emerging helicopter industry with an unproven idea and little financial support, he was able to persevere despite many challenges and establish a successful helicopter company. The hard work of the team that he assembled led to major advancements in helicopter design and the development of several successful production helicopter models. Largely due to his determination, the company he founded still exists today with a long list of impressive accomplishments. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Jul
20
2010

Heli – Success! 3rd Annual Career Development Seminar & Networking Event

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Heli – Success!ThirdAnnual Career Development Seminar & Networking Event Las Vegas, NV. October 31 & November 1, 2010 –Put a face to a name! Shake hands with the hiring authorities! Get your resume into the right hands of the right people! Sponsored by Bristow Group and Rotorcraft Pro Media Network, and produced by the team from Verticalreference.com and Justhelicopters.com, comes a two day Helicopter Career Development Seminar and Networking Event for Helicopter Pilots, Mechanics and Operators titled “Heli-Success” [READMORE] [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCareer Development



Jul
13
2010

LAW ENFORCEMENT AND HELICOPTER BASED RESCUE TRAINING

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After the cowardly attack on the United States on September 11, 2001, law enforcements roles have changed dramatically. With the advent of Homeland Security grants and other special requirements, more law enforcement agencies are now tasking their aircrews to perform SAR duties as well. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryTraining



Jul
06
2010

HEMS Scenario Based Training, The Need for Reality

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It wasn’t too many years ago that most helicopter operators in the US conducting EMS operations would hire a pilot, then in company training validate that pilot to commercial standards per the Federal Aviation Regulations, and quickly send him to a field base to conduct EMS operations for a customer without so much as telling him what the EMS mission he was about to perform was all about. It wasn’t a FAA requirement to train to the mission, but it was a requirement to train the pilot to operate the aircraft safely while conducting the mission, whatever that mission might be. That is where a major problem lied and many operators didn’t realize it was an issue that needed to be dealt with. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryTraining categorySafety categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jun
15
2010

Rotorcraft Pioneers Part IV, Arthur M. Young - The Genius Behind Bell Helicopters

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Categories: categoryHuman Interest


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