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Feb
23
2024

Maintenance Minute - February 2024 | Monster Distractions

Posted by Admin

There is a monster in the hangar. I’m not sure how it got in but it’s high time it left. The monster’s name is Distractions. We must focus to minimize and eliminate Distractions, or it can be financially costly or even dangerous.  The Aviation Human Factors Dirty Dozen listed on www.FAASafety.gov defines distractions as anything that draws your attention away from the task at hand. It goes on to say that distractions are the number one cause of forgetting things, including what has or has not been done in a maintenance task. [Read More...]



Tags: Maintenance Minute Mark Tyler
Categories: categoryMaintenance Minute



Feb
23
2024

All in Favor: Say Aye!

Posted by Admin

In case you have forgotten or haven't been bored enough to attend your local City Council meeting lately, "All in favor" is an idiom generally used to prompt the act of voting and typically exercised by either a voice response or a show of hands. And while it is just me writing this article, I will go out on a limb here and say "aye" for all three of us. That's how many (excluding friends and family) that want you to pass your Checkride! Obviously, you want to achieve that milestone, your CFI certainly has skin in the game, and designated pilot examiners want you to pass. Yes, you read that correctly! I, for one, and many of my other DPE colleagues I frequently network with, will agree that issuing a Notice of Disapproval is disappointing on our end as well. Remember, we are pilots too! We want to see you succeed! But first, a successful practical test stand upon three valid legs.  [Read More...]



Tags: Matt Johnson Rotorcraft Checkride
Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Feb
23
2024

Radar Altimeters and 5G Exemptions…For Safety or Convenience?

Posted by Admin

The introduction of radar (also known as radio) altimeters to the helicopter industry began as a highly accurate tool to validate actual height above ground during Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight operations. Like the fixed wing world, a helicopter being flown on an IFR approach needs accurate information on height above ground to continue to a safe landing.  [Read More...]



Tags: My Two Cents Worth Randy Rowles
Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Jan
25
2024

AUVSI Industry Insights and Updates

Posted by Admin

AUVSI Advocacy announced the launch of the Partnership for Drone Competitiveness – a coalition built to support a stronger U.S. drone industry, enable greater security for customers and end users, forge American leadership in advanced aviation, and effectively level the playing field for domestic and allied drone manufacturers against foreign subsidized competition.  [Read More...]



Tags: AUVSI Uncrewed Unmanned



Jan
25
2024

The SkillBridge Program

Posted by Admin

The Department of Defense SkillBridge program provides transitioning service members and veterans with the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience needed for a successful transition into the civilian world. With this program, military personnel can benefit from job training in high-demand fields, such as cyber-security, healthcare, information technology, engineering, logistics management, aviation, and many more. The SkillBridge program is an opportunity for service members to get precious civilian knowledge through industry training, apprenticeships or internships. [Read More...]



Tags: Mark Stanley Mil2Civ



Jan
25
2024

Wire Strike Accidents Are Top Concern for Aerial Applicators

Posted by Admin

Wire-strike accidents consistently rank as one of the top causes of both total and fatal agricultural aviation accidents. A review by the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) of agricultural aviation wire-strike accidents from 2017 to 2021 revealed that 54% of the accidents involved helicopters. For reference, according to the latest FAA GA survey data, helicopters represent 23% of the total ag. aviation fleet and 20% of the hours flown making aerial applications. Regarding the location of the wires struck, 62% of the time the wire was in the field receiving the application; 38% of the time the wire was located along the edge of the field.  [Read More...]



Tags: Safety First VAST
Categories: categorySafety First



Jan
25
2024

Maintenance Minute - January 2024 | Attitude of Excellence

Posted by Admin

Recently I was asked to be the guest speaker at DavinciSKY Leadership Conference. My topic was titled, “One Way to Excellence.” Just before I spoke to the group, I met with some of the linemen that worked for the company. DavinciSKY is a business with a long-standing history in the electrical power industry. These are the guys that hang underneath the helicopter or work from the skid to clear power lines. [Read More...]



Tags: Maintenance Minute Mark Tyler
Categories: categoryMaintenance Minute



Dec
18
2023

eVTOL | Is it an Ally, or a Trojan Horse?

Posted by Admin

Have you ever noticed an airship hovering over a sporting venue near a major airport? There is no chaos or mayhem to the orderly flow of aircraft, all operate safely while following prescribed procedures to allow such activities to take place. In previous years, these sporting venues would have had countless aircraft safely operating in and around each other simply due to the vigilance in procedural development exercised by the aviation industry in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The system worked! [Read More...]



Tags: My 2 Cents Worth Randy Rowles
Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Dec
18
2023

Rotorcraft Checkride | CFI's – no Lemon Juice Please!

Posted by Admin

The CFI exam is one of my most enjoyable flight exams to administer. Yes, it is a long one! I get it; I, too, remember what seemed like the longest day of my life, starting with a few hours of discussing the FAAs Fundamentals of Instructing (FOI) concepts and then several deep dives on concepts related to our unique skill set. The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel of seeing a passionate applicant achieve that level of success is very rewarding.  [Read More...]



Tags: Matt Johnson Rotocraft Checkride
Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Dec
18
2023

Maintenance Minute - December 2023 | Monster Distractions

Posted by Admin

There is a monster in the hangar. I’m not sure how it got in but it’s high time it left. The monster’s name is Distractions. We must focus to minimize and eliminate Distractions, or it can be financially costly or even dangerous.  The Aviation Human Factors Dirty Dozen listed on www.FAASafety.gov defines distractions as anything that draws your attention away from the task at hand. It goes on to say that distractions are the number one cause of forgetting things, including what has or has not been done in a maintenance task. [Read More...]



Tags: Maintenance Minute Mark Tyler
Categories: categoryMaintenance Minute


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