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Dec
08
2009

A Noodle in a Wildcat's Ass

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By Ken Carlton - A Noodle in a Wildcat's Ass The other day I flew a long line mission. Forest Service smoke jumpers had jumped on one of our fires and had put the fire out. Now they had to hike out six or seven miles to the nearest road. They notified us that we needed a 150-foot line to reach down in the tall trees on the side of a steep hill. They also said they had 650 pounds of equipment that needed to be slung out. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
08
2009

A DAY IN THE LIFE.....a deep-water pilot in the Gulf of Mexico

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By Dana Raaz - A DAY IN THE LIFE.....a deep-water pilot in the Gulf of Mexico The 4:00 AM beeping of the alarm clock signals the start of another day for Jayne Brodie, a helicopter pilot assigned as an SIC (second-in-command) on a PHI Bell 412SP based in Morgan City, Louisiana. Like most of the 1,000 + Gulf Coast helicopter pilots, Jayne works a 7 day on, 7 day off schedule and stays in company-supplied housing while at work. She makes the weekly commute from her home in Pensacola, Florida on Thursday afternoon and starts her work hitch with a 5:30 AM Friday morning briefing. Since Jayne’s customer wants the first flight to depart the heliport at 6:00 AM she and her PIC (pilot-in-command) have already done the preflight, checked the weather and filed their IFR flight plans before the 5:30 briefing begins. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
08
2009

A CFI's Checkride Experience

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By Paul Huston - A story written by a female heli pilot when she received her CFI license. I am a certified flight instructor! Believe me it feels fabulous! The ground started at about 9:00am. There were lots of questions about endorsements, training techniques and some really tough aerodynamics. I had a moment of panic when my brain checked out for a few minutes and I misinterpreted an airspace requirement. I took a minute to collect my thoughts and then told the examiner that I had answered the question completely wrong. He agreed wholeheartedly, which didn't make me feel much better but the brain kicked on again and I had the correct answer. Then after about two and a half hours of oral questioning I presented a ground lesson to five other students. Two of the students were fixed wing students so they asked great questions ... [Read More...]

Categories: categoryBecoming A Pilot categoryTraining



Dec
02
2009

HOT START

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By Klank - Hot Start – A humorous (fictitious) account of a hot start from the perspective of a male EMS Pilot. Men are pigs. A modulated start can be a very simple procedure or royal pain in the ass; on one fine day it was the latter. Having gotten a different aircraft at the base due to maintenance issues was not an uncommon accordance and all our aircraft are pretty much the same. I complete my preflight and am satisfied with the machine I have been assigned. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHumor & Poetry



Dec
02
2009

Life of a Helicopter Pilot in Training

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By Paul Heuts - A 3 blade rotor chopping 1 meter above your head, a small screaming engine under your seat and rock solid ground 1000 feet below you. Oh, and because it is hot we left the doors off the helicopter so each time we bank the little Schweizer 300CB to the right I get the feeling I’m going to drop out. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryBecoming A Pilot categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
02
2009

Life of a News Helicopter Pilot

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By Larry K. Clark - As with all the different missions that helicopters can perform, the ENG segment has many different types of flying for pilots that want to work in this part of our industry. ENG encompasses traffic reporting, covering live breaking news and shooting background video for TV commercials or movies. The common element is a gyro-stabilized camera mounted on a helicopter. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
02
2009

Life of a Law Enforcement Helicopter Pilot

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By Sgt. Steve Lindley - Flying Law Enforcement helicopters can be a very rewarding and exciting career. It is, however, sometimes a tough field to get into. I speak from a standpoint of a pilot in a small/medium sized division with a few unique features and this does not represent the industry as a whole. There are many departments of many sizes and shapes and everyone does things just a little differently. That being said, my viewpoint does not represent every possible situation. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
02
2009

How Do I Become a Police Pilot?

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By Dwaine Parker - I believe that this question has been the most asked of me. I never mind answering it and I use to respond back with lengthy emails trying not to forget the slightest detail. I then realized it would be easier to cover the information with a simple phone call. But that required several emails coordinating times and numbers. So I have finally decided to put everything I know all together in one thread. Hopefully anyone who wants the information will be able to find it and review it at anytime…sorry for the length and I hope you find the information beneficial. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
02
2009

Becoming a US Army Helicopter Pilot

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By Tony Fonze - Becoming a US ARMYHelicopter Pilot, You are in the Army Now! Army pilots are, by definition, soldiers first, officers second, and then aviators. Consequently, applicants for the aviation program must first meet the requirements for acceptance into the military, acceptance into the Warrant Officer program, and finally, admission into the aviation training program. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryBecoming A Pilot categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
02
2009

How To Become A Helicopter Pilot

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Are you searching for information on how to become a helicopter pilot? Search no more! We here at Justhelicopters.com have produced a comprehensive downloadable EBook titled “Everything you ever wanted to know about becoming a helicopter pilot”. This EBook is offered by TheHelicopterStore.com. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryBecoming A Pilot


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