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Archive: June 2015




Jun
30
2015

My Two Cents - June 2015 - Communication Breakdown

Posted by Randy Mains

The problem with communication is the perception that it’s been achieved. —George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright Boy, was ol’ George right. Communication is central to effective crew resource management. An ambiguous message, whether written or spoken, can lead to fatal consequences. With that thought in mind, one would think airline executives, when drafting memos to flight crews, would take great pains to avoid ambiguity at all cost. Apparently, they don’t. Consider the following 1996 memo distributed to pilots at British Airways in an effort to clarify new pilot role titles: [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Jun
30
2015

Flight Instructors: Know Thy Neighbors!

Posted by Randy Rowles

As a pilot examiner, I have the opportunity to work with many flight schools and instructors throughout my district. I sometimes take it for granted that my visits to flight schools are a rare benefit to me not often afforded to other flight schools in our local area. The ability to see varied procedures and techniques provides insights into how the average flight school conducts business. I often get to see curriculum development, local airport procedures, internal instructor training, and other aspects of day-to-day operations. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Jun
30
2015

That Which Biteth Helicopter Pilots In The Butteth

Posted by Francis Meyrick

That which biteth helicopter pilots in the butteth To the novice, the learner pilot, the new Commercial Helicopter jockey, that which he (or she) (or it) regards as “bad” is indeed really, really bad. What does a student or low-time pilot worry about? Let’s see. Engine failure? Hydraulics seizure? Running out of power crossing high voltage lines? Fire. Explosion. Earth quake? Training bills? Rotor blades falling off...?? [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMoggy's Musings



Jun
30
2015

Helicopter Maintenance Tips - June 2015

Posted by Scott Skola

Back before DIY was a term, most mechanics couldn’t afford Snap-On specialty tools--if any existed that could do the job--that is. So, they were known to get a little creative. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryROTORwrench