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Nov
08
2012

Troubleshooting Your Pilot

Posted by Admin

Nothing brings a productive day to a screeching halt quicker than a broken aircraft. At the very core of getting the anomaly identified and corrected is that initial interaction between the mechanic and pilot. By following a few simple suggestions you can fine tune these early communications, improve troubleshooting efficiency, and get the aircraft back online sooner. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryTraining categorySafety



Nov
01
2012

A Sure Fire Fix for the Most Dangerous Job in America

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Want to hear something shocking? According to the American Journal of Clinical Medicine (Winter 2009 issue) after assessing past statistics then projecting them forward, they predicted that if you fly in a HEMS helicopter and do that job for twenty years, you face a 40 percent chance of losing your life. [Read More...]

Categories: categorySafety categoryHelicopter Sectors



Oct
25
2012

It's All in the Title

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The doctor, nurse and I would stand by the helicopter in our matching custom-made University of California San Diego Life Flight blue flight suits looking as sharp as any flight crew on the Navy Blue Angels precision-flying team, (well kind of anyway) and after we gave our spiel someone would invariably approach me personally and ask, “Are you medically qualified, or are you JUST the pilot?” [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHumor & Poetry



Oct
19
2012

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro – Gary Young

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GY: I do remember my first flight! I was eight years old when my uncle flew my mom and me from New Mexico to our home in Texas. It was a bit cramped in that J-3 Cub, but I can still see the view from the cockpit today. I had two uncles with J-3 cubs, so I think they spilled avgas in my veins. My first helicopter flight was in a Bell model 47 at Six Flags over Texas in Arlington, Texas—and that was the hook that could only be satisfied by learning to fly! [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Oct
11
2012

An Outside Safety Audit? Why, what’s in it for us?

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Many helicopter operators ask themselves these questions, and many others, when the conversation with a peer or competitor turns to the subject of an outside audit. Questions are a natural reaction, and each organization needs answers before they embark on an outside safety audit. [Read More...]

Categories: categorySafety



Oct
05
2012

An Unprotected Pilot Can Lose Everything

Posted by Admin

Did you wake up today and think to yourself, “I will go to work and crash my helicopter?” Writing it looks absolutely ridiculous and I am sure that it reads equally ridiculous. Although no one plans an accident, I am confident that we can all agree that accidents do happen. Given that several occur each month, we can also agree that they occur on a regular basis. The problem is that none of us, including me, has an impending feeling that it will actually happen to us. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCareer Development



Sep
28
2012

NVG Civil Industry: Past, Present, and Future

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It is no secret the civil NVG industry was born from military utilization of night vision technology. The acceptance and eventual proliferation of Night Vision Goggles (“NVG”s) into the civil aviation industry is not without bumps and bruises. The path to acceptance by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and civil industry operators alike, has required education, patience, and compromise. Today, nearly fifteen years after the first civil operator was approved by the FAA to utilize NVGs, the civil industry continues to be plagued with issues related to regulatory oversight. In this article, we will discuss: past efforts to standardize the civil industry; how those efforts support today’s NVG industry; and efforts taking place today to ensure a safe, healthy, and prosperous future for NVG operators and regulators. [Read More...]




Sep
20
2012

My Two Cents Worth - The Power of CRM

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How’s this for an observation? On a global scale the USA is not a role model for HEMS even though the commercial concept of a helicopter air ambulance began right here in America. Does that shock you? It shouldn’t if you’ve watched over the years as I have the appalling accident rate the industry has suffered over a third of a century. [Read More...]




Sep
13
2012

Master Thy Environment

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The helicopter pilot works in an amazing, ever-changing environment. The skills necessary to accomplish the task at hand for most commercial or even private helicopter flight operations require a high level of concentration, ability and finesse just to name a few. (social skills excluded) [Read More...]

Categories: categorySafety



Sep
07
2012

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro - Bob Yerex

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I’m not sure I remember my first flight, I grew up flying with my father who was a pilot for Ford Motor Company. We flew fast freight out of Detroit in the mid-60’s and early 70’s with one of his friend’s cargo companies, so he was able to share his love of aviation with my brother and me. My first Army helicopter flight in training was an interesting exercise made up of two components. One, how much of a huge field I could try to crash in while, two, at the same time trying to keep the shiny side up. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHuman Interest


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