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Jun
08
2010

Rotorcraft Pioneers, Part III: Stanley Hiller Jr.

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Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Jun
02
2010

The Hot Load, Time Saver or Time Waster?

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By Rex Alexander - There are few things in our industry that will generate more emotion and controversy or have people taking sides faster than the topic of hot loading patients. Having been a pilot in the air medical business for 14 years, I have had the opportunity to see the good, the bad, and the ugly from both sides of this issue several hundred times over. [Read More...]

Categories: categorySafety



May
24
2010

Mentorship - Why do we eat our young?

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Helicopter pilots are no different than members of any other profession. They, like the others, are human, process oxygen, and possess an ego which drives them to believe “I’m better than so and so.” I call this the “My daddy can beat up your daddy” syndrome.” “Look at me…”. I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, an expert on the human condition. I do, however, believe that we have a responsibility to insure that those who come into this profession behind us deserve the benefit of our great wisdom. That may seem to be an egotistical statement in and of itself, but hear me out. [Read More...]




May
10
2010

Here's Your Sign!

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By Rex Alexander - Warning and caution signs that every heliport should have to enhance safety and reduce liability. Ever since the first helicopter landed and took off from a heliport, we as an industry have worked hard to make the heliport environment as safe as possible. Whether it is obstruction lighting to illuminate surrounding hazards, a safety net surrounding an elevated heliport, or a windsock to indicate the wind direction, many organizations have done everything feasible to insure safety at their heliports. [Read More...]

Categories: categorySafety



May
04
2010

LAH Trains Rwandan Police Pilots for Police Missions

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Kigali, Rwanda - The Law Enforcement Division of Los Angeles Helicopters and Akagera Aviation work together to train Rwandan pilots for the Kigali police department. Akagera recently purchased a new Robinson R44 police helicopter and initiated an Airborne Law Enforcement program for Kigali, the capitol city of Rwanda. The ship is turnkey and complete with the latest and most up to date Police equipment including microwave downlink ability and the latest FLIR systems. [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



May
04
2010

Safety — Where Do the Owner/Operators and Their Management Team Fit In?

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By Matt Zuccaro - As you are aware, safety is my favorite topic, as I believe it ultimately affects everything we do in our industry — both in the present and for the future. With this in mind, you would think all owner/operators would have a laser focus on this issue, making it their number one decision criteria. In a perfect world that would be true, but last time I checked not everything we want occurs in the bright reality of day-to-day operations. However, it does not have to be that way. [Read More...]

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Categories: categorySafety



May
04
2010

JR Aviation - Profile

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J.R. Aviation is the leading helicopter operator and flight academy in the Midwest, and has been proudly serving the Greater Louisville area since 1992.We offer training for all FAA Certificates and Ratings, from Private through CFII and ATP.We offer flexible scheduling as well as some of the best training in the country in both ground and flight training.Our training is even more enhanced by one-on-one ground and flight training.This gives our students the full attention of the Certified Flight Instructors (CFI’s), and the ability to move at their own pace and learning style.Our CFI’s are highly experienced not only as instructors but in Commercial Operations as well. We strive to teach our students a greater technical understanding of what is going on in the helicopter.This teaches the student to anticipate, rather than react to aerodynamic issues with the aircraft.We stress the importance of energy and power management, rules and regulations and what is the right and smart thing to do. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Apr
27
2010

Chasing the Golden Hour: Air Evac Lifeteam Makes Big Strides in Weather Safety

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By Jenna Shepard - There are two main threats to EMS helicopter pilots – weather and darkness, but this really shouldn’t come as a surprise. In 1988, the National Transportation Safety Board investigated 59 helicopter emergency medical services accidents and concluded that low visibility, often caused by poor weather conditions accounted for 61% of all crashes. Since then, little has changed.Although the commercial aviation industry requires that an aircraft be outfitted with everything from weather tracking technologies like onboard radar and GPS to collision avoidance tools, these same requirements are not made of the medical helicopter industry. Furthermore, at a time when air medical companies are being scrutinized due to the sheer number of EMS helicopter crashes and a lack of critical onboard technologies not yet mandated by the FAA, one company is making big strides in the right direction by focusing on weather safety. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categorySafety categoryHelicopter Sectors



Apr
20
2010

Getting the Maximum from VFR Minimums

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Categories: categoryCareer Development categorySafety categoryHelicopter Sectors



Apr
13
2010

Advanced Helicopter Training with FlightSafety International

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Written &Video Feature:Advanced Helicopter Training with FlightSafety International By Lyn Burks - Having been in the helicopter industry for a little while, I have been fortunate enough to experience many levels of training. While recently attending an S76C++ transition course at FlightSafety International (FlightSafety), I am reminded of the stark differences between the "haves" and the "have nots." My reference to "haves" and "have nots" is not meant to be deprecating to those who offer or attend helicopter training at traditional facilities. It’s really more of an analogy which notes the difference in the level of training provided by FlightSafety as compared to other training providers I have experienced. The present model of our training industry is what it is, and this article will not change it. [VIEWVIDEOANDARTICLENOW] [Read More...]

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