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Dec
28
2009

The Life of a Test Pilot

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The Life of a Test Pilot by SHAWN COYLE Test Pilot Background The first thing that has to be made clear is that Test Pilot refers to Research and Development, Certification or Engineering flight testing. The US Army has a course they call the Test Pilot course, but it should be more properly called the 'Post Maintenance Check Pilot (PMCF) course. The two are completely different. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryBecoming A Pilot categoryTraining categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
28
2009

Offshore Flying in the Gulf of Mexico

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Offshore Flying in the Gulf of Mexico by Stan Grossman What We Do Helicopters have been serving the oil industry for over fifty years. From humble beginnings they've become an indispensible component in the support of offshore oil and gas production. At last count the Gulf of Mexico oil field employed some 600 helicopters. The great majority of offshore flying involves transporting personnel and cargo to and from the specialized vessels, drilling rigs, production platforms, and pipeline terminals where the work of producing oil and natural gas is done. We're also often tasked to patrol pipelines for signs of leaks or damage. There's an occasional requirement to sling a load, but very infrequently and almost never with a long line. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
28
2009

The in's and out's of becoming a Firefighting Pilot

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The in's and out's of becoming a Firefighting Pilot So, you're interested in flying fires? You want to know how to go about it, and what to expect, but all the different terms, requirements, and conditions are confusing. This article is meant to help answer your questions. It applies specifically to pilots, but you can find references and requirements for maintenance personnel and fuel truck drivers in the Interagency Call-When-Needed (CWN) Contract reference shown below. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
28
2009

The Big Fire

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The Big Fire by Ken Carlton As you well know this year has been an active and dangerous fire season. Four USFS Fire Fighters were killed in Washington and two CDF pilots killed in California. The only difference in combat helicopter flying and helicopters fighting fire is we're not getting shot at now. We tried to hit them hard and keep them small, and for the most part that worked. We all worked hard, but no summer fire season is really complete until you've had the "Big Fire." [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
28
2009

TETERBORO HELICOPTER NOISE ABATEMENT ROUTES, PROCEDURES AND COORDINATES

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TETERBORO HELICOPTER NOISE ABATEMENT ROUTES, PROCEDURES AND COORDINATES by Dennis O'Connor Recommended Altitudes Except on the Meadowland Route, helicopters are requested to use at least 1000 feet MSL as long as possible for arrival and as soon as possible for departures. Helicopters using the Meadowlands Route should maintain 500 feet MSL and 1000 MSL when advised by Air Traffic Control. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryRegulatory



Dec
28
2009

Shoot-out at the Corner Bar!

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Shoot-out at the Corner Bar! ("Fearless" and Me Get the Short End of the Stick!) by Dorcey (Captain Methane) Wingo 'Long about nine o'clock in the mornin' me and "Fearless" Dougie Farfel pulled up to the dusty entrance at the front of the Corner Bar. The dust cloud we sucked along under our outfit's Ford pickup followed us on into the open door and billowed like thousands of tiny stars as we stood framed in the shaft of early morning light. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHumor & Poetry



Dec
28
2009

Renters Insurance

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Renters Insurance by Jon Keller QUESTION: I cannot find an insurance company that sells non-owner helicopter coverage. How can I protect myself when renting a helicopter or flying someone else’s helicopter? [Read More...]

Categories: categoryRegulatory



Dec
15
2009

Will the FAA still issue a Private Pilot certificate based on a foreign pilot’s previous experience?

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Will the FAA still issue a Private Pilot certificate based on a foreign pilot’s previous experience? by Randy Rowles The answer is… well that depends! In the past, the FAA would issue a Private Pilot certificate on the spot if a foreign pilot made application at the local FSDO. In July of 2002 the FAA instituted a program that changes FAR 61.75. The FAA plans to verify all foreign pilot certification prior to issuing or allowing any certification actions, i.e. a practical test, etc based on that certification. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryRegulatory



Dec
15
2009

Otto Rowe-Tate's Excellent Aeronautical Library

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Otto Rowe-Tate's Excellent Aeronautical Library by Otto Rowe-Tate From time to time questions are posted in the forum here at Just Helicopters that deal with aerodynamics, performance, or some other technical aspect of helicopters. While I enjoy answering them, as I am sure others do as well, we sometimes end up spoon feeding our youth – something which I have been chided for, and perhaps rightly so at times. Simply admonishing someone to look something up for themselves can, however, be useless advice. While there are plenty of sources of information out there, people just entering into aviation (and some who have been at it a while) may not be aware of them. With that in mind, I have compiled a list of books and internet sites that both beginning and experienced pilots will find helpful. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryTraining



Dec
15
2009

OAS Carded Vendor Helicopter Pilot Requirements

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OAS Carded Vendor Helicopter Pilot Requirements by OAS Department of Interior Vendor Pilot-in-Command (PIC) Helicopter. Pilots shall meet the PIC requirements of 14 CFR 135 and the following for helicopter VFR and IFR operations. All PIC time listed below listed below shall be in helicopters. [Read More...]

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