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Apr
27
2012

The National Wildland Firefighter Foundation: Where Compassion Spreads like Wildfire

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Since 1999, the WFF has provided emergency support services, including financial assistance and immediate and ongoing emotional support, to over 150 families of firefighters seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. The WFF recognizes pilots and other aviation crews as wildland firefighters when they are involved with fire suppression and management duties. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryHuman Interest categorySpecial Announcements



Apr
20
2012

Aerial Firefighting Technology – Why Shutdown at Sundown?

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Night Vision Goggles may conjure up thoughts of elite Special Forces units going into battle in the dead of night, but they also have found a use in nighttime helicopter operations. A number of fire departments and agencies have employed these devices to allow them to attack wildfires at night and to perform difficult night rescues that would be foolhardy otherwise. [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Apr
09
2012

Old Friends

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As a measure of something’s quality or worth you could safely use longevity as a yardstick. I am lucky to own and fly a Robinson R-22 that has an early serial number. N9015V was the 11th R-22 to roll off the assembly line in Torrance, California on January 19, 1980. What makes this fact special to me is that I had been hired by Frank Robinson in 1979 to work for him as a mechanic. I was fresh out of A&P school and as green a helicopter mechanic as a Wenatchee apple. Frank had me assigned to work with Dave Akamine who was one of the first mechanics at Robinson Helicopter Company. Dave would try to keep me out of trouble. [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryHuman Interest categorySpecial Announcements



Apr
05
2012

Fire Academy Brings Together Regional Helicopter Community with Unique Training Program

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Fire Academy Brings Together Regional Helicopter Community with Unique Training Program By Lyn Burks It’s no secret that certain parts of the Midwest U.S. are a hotbed of helicopter activity, and Ohio is no exception. This is especially true when it comes to sectors like EMS, Law Enforcement, and Electronic News Gathering (ENG), where a variety of helicopters, from a variety of operators are literally operating in the back yards of the communities they serve. [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryCompany Profiles categoryTraining categoryHelicopter Event Coverage



Mar
23
2012

Tips for a Successful Military to Civilian Transition

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When I left the military in pursuit of my first civilian flying job, I assumed Part 135 was a common component on several different Bell 206 models. My first helicopter job was with a small company that had difficulty making payroll and cut corners on maintenance and training. My priority after this experience was to seek out a large and stable company that adhered to the regulations and preferably had direct deposit. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCareer Development



Mar
16
2012

An Excerpt from Dear Mom I’m Alive

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On May 20 1969 I flew a routine mission that turned into a living nightmare. That's how combat flying is. It shifts from the mundane to the horrendous most often when you least expect it. This particular memory has become part of me. I have relived the mission hundreds of times in my mind. It is as clear to me now as if it had happened yesterday. [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryHuman Interest



Mar
09
2012

Military Helicopter Fleets Showing Their Age

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Whether they belong to the Army, Air Force, Navy or Marines, military helicopters are aging fast. Many models are expected to reach the end of their operational lives in the 2030 to 2040 timeframe. As it stands, none of the services have concrete plans for what to do when their various fleets become obsolete. [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Mar
02
2012

REGULATIONS – Market Makers or Killers?

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When Rotorcraft Professional asked me to write a piece on how regulation influenced the simulator marketplace, I truly believed that it would be a relatively straightforward task. However, as I began to review the history, I found there was virtually nothing written until the 1960’s. [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryRegulatory



Feb
24
2012

How Technology Has Changed the World of Simulators

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Advancements in technology and material make modern simulators more realistic and effective than ever. Regulating this new generation of synthetic training devices has also taken the first steps in keeping up with the changes. This article details some of the technology advancements in simulation and looks at the future of simulators as well. [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryTraining categoryRegulatory



Feb
10
2012

Heli-Expo 2012 Video - Photo - News

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Are helicopters and pilots all there is to this industry? Of course I know the answer, but that was [Read More...]

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Categories: categoryHelicopter Event Coverage


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