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Apr
15
2018

Listen and Learn

Posted by Randy Mains

In aviation we listen and we hopefully learn. When I arrived in Vietnam, I listened intently to the old guys to try and gain wisdom that would hopefully keep me alive. One bit of advice did save my life after dropping off four recon team members in an LZ that was a 100-foot hover hole in the jungle. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Mar
19
2018

Ethical Decision Making

Posted by Randy Mains

Have you ever used someone’s good idea to illustrate a point and it EXPLODES right in your face because you had never considered an alternative answer? It happened to me when I spoke at Helisuccess in Las Vegas last year. Let me explain. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Mar
19
2018

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - March 2018

Posted by Scott Skola

After years of speculation, a new study released during Heli-Expo has confirmed there will be a shortage of helicopter mechanics over the next 18 years. I don’t know if that means “experienced” mechanics or just a head count, but with stated numbers of over 40,000 mechanics, now might be a time to brush off your resume. [Read More...]



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Mar
19
2018

Air Taxi…What a Concept!

Posted by Randy Rowles

A couple months ago, an article in the newspaper caught my eye. The article was titled “The First Air Taxi Coming to Dallas”. Initially, I thought a new Part 135 helicopter operator popped up and this was an attempt to market themselves in the area. However, this was not the case. The article provided an overview of the relationship between Uber and Bell (formerly Bell Helicopter), and how their newly founded joint venture Uber Elevate would launch in Dallas around 2023. This got me thinking... [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Feb
25
2018

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - February 2018

Posted by Scott Skola

For those who are helicopter history buffs, I recently ran across an interesting website. It chronicles the 100 year anniversary of a familiar company from its roots in the fixed-wing industry through today. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryROTORwrench



Feb
25
2018

Instrument Training | When Simulation Becomes Reality

Posted by Randy Rowles

On 17 October 2017, a flight instructor and commercially rated pilot were practicing instrument approaches at the Molokai Airport (Hawaii) when they were lost from radar. Debris from the helicopter was found floating on the water northwest of the shores of Molokai. Although they were operating on an IFR flight plan, the flight was being conducted under VFR as a Part 91 training flight. (NTSB Identification: WPR18LA010) [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Feb
25
2018

Why I do what I do?

Posted by Randy Mains

That’s a question Rick Weatherford, copy editor and staff writer for Rotorcraft Pro, asked me recently. Rick casts a discerning editorial eye over everything I write for the magazine, so I suppose he became curious about what motivates me. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Jan
15
2018

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - January 2018

Posted by Scott Skola

Good to see you survived another year. As I mentioned last month, we will be using the Lama-Nator’s “daily inspection tip format” on other helicopter models for this year’s tips and tricks. And the first stop will be the ever present Bell 407. [Read More...]



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Jan
15
2018

Writing a Book for Loved Ones

Posted by Randy Mains

Whenever I am doing book signings the most common statement I hear is, “You know I’ve always wanted to write a book.” I look up from the book I’m signing at the person who said it, usually a pilot, and I say, “Well why don’t you then?” [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Jan
15
2018

180-Degree Autorotation: Stop the Carnage!

Posted by Randy Rowles

During the last quarter of 2017 (October 2017 – December 2017), there were three (3) helicopter accidents within the Instructional/Training segment. This represented 16% of the total accidents that occurred during that timeframe. Of those accidents, 1 was fatal. Although there has been a reduction in the number of helicopter training accidents, the maneuvers in which many of our accidents occur remain steady. Of those maneuvers, the 180-degree autorotation remains near the top of the list. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride


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