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Oct
24
2016

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - October 2016

Posted by Scott Skola

Battery powered helicopter* Who would have thought? For those who didn’t read about it, a company in California replaced the conventional powerplant on an R44 with lithium batteries and two electric motors. And flew it for 5 minutes. I wonder if my A&P certificate covers the maintenance on it. Or, maybe I will need to get an endorsement and have an AP&B certificate. With all these electronic gizmos on the horizon, we’ll have to add reciprocating engines, hydro-mechanical systems, and pilots to the “back-in the-good-old-days” list along with dope & fabric, wooden M/R blades, and Loran C. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryROTORwrench



Oct
24
2016

Pilot-not-in-command; Moggy, Moggy, what DID I just do...??

Posted by Francis Meyrick

Accidents happen, they say. But in the helicopter flying world, these accidents can kill. It follows that the prudent helicopter pilot will always try and think ahead. To the "what if" scenarios. What if this-and-this happens? Then I will do THAT. Now you have actually thought about it. Beforehand. Maybe read something up on the subject. Seen it in "Moggy's Tuna Manual". Discussed it with a fellow pilot. You have digested it. For sure, you are now a much better pilot. But what of the sudden, cataclysmic events that you have never -ever- in your wildest dreams thought about? That happen so incredibly swiftly, that the events become almost surreal? Taking on a dream-like quality? It is to be hoped that you never experience these events. But if you stay in the world of helicopters long enough, never mind the mercurial, quicksilver world of tuna spotting helicopters.... well, you will experience these nasty surprises, my friend, believe me, you will... [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMoggy's Musings



Oct
24
2016

Post Maintenance Preflight: Take A Closer Look

Posted by Randy Rowles

Prior to the flight portion of an FAA exam, the applicant will be tested on their knowledge and ability to conduct a preflight on the aircraft being tested. It is imperative that a pilot understand the systems of the aircraft they plan to operate. The ability to determine airworthiness can only be accomplished when the pilot has adequate knowledge of their aircraft and knows what to look for (normal vs. abnormal) during the preflight process. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Oct
24
2016

Trouble with autos. Seriously?

Posted by Randy Mains

When I flew for the Royal Oman Police, the British, Scottish, and Australian pilots I had the pleasure to fly with had a lovely saying. Whenever they wanted to convey an idea, but wanted you to know that you may already know it, they would preface their statement by saying, “Now, I don’t want to teach Granny to suck eggs but….” [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Sep
19
2016

Routine and Sudden Terror - The Rest of the Story

Posted by Francis Meyrick

I was lucky in some ways. Before I arrived in the Tuna Fields, my nerves had been stretched taut many times. I was -and am- a determined, pretty cool, methodical thinker under extreme stress. But lest this sound like a vain boast, or foolish self congratulation, let me quickly add my ability to cope is due to (all too frequent) practice. And let me also frankly confess to having been -too often- scared to death. When you think you are a dead man, your body reacts. Afterward, people who see your face, without a word being spoken, can often tell. It's in the pallor of the skin, the gray, and in the eyes, hollow, sunken, haunted, bloodshot, and staring. Eyes that have seen.... the approaching shadow. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMoggy's Musings



Sep
19
2016

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - September 2016

Posted by Scott Skola

Looks like the FAA regulation of the drone industry is ramping up. The new FAR Part 107 went live the end of August, and the new Drone Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting September 16th. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryROTORwrench



Sep
19
2016

Understanding the H/V Curve: A Line Drive Analogy

Posted by Randy Rowles

The Height/Velocity Diagram indicates the combination of height above ground and air speed that should be avoided due to safety concerns related to emergency landings. For new helicopter pilots, the height-velocity (H/V) diagram can be confusing. From one Instructor to another, the understanding of the H/V diagram may differ, which will affect how the subject is taught. Even when referring to the FAA’s Helicopter Flying Handbook, the entire subject is covered in only two pages (FAA H-8083-21A Chapter 11 Pg. 11-8 & 11-9). [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Sep
19
2016

One Reader’s View on CRM

Posted by Randy Mains

I have a professional Facebook page that deals solely with crew resource management and helicopter safety issues. I hope I don’t disappoint visitors to my page if they don’t see pictures of my breakfast, lunch, or dinner, my cat, dog or car or learn that I am in a departure lounge somewhere awaiting my flight home. I ‘built’ my Facebook page for one purpose—as a tool to keep CRM and helicopter safety foremost in air crew member’s minds. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Aug
17
2016

Fatigue – The New Drunk Driving

Posted by Randy Mains

I’d been awake for 17 hours when the phone rang at 12:45 a.m. The communications specialist said, “There’s a scene call on Palomar Mountain. Will you be able to take the flight?” [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Aug
17
2016

Maximum Performance Takeoff — Into IMC?

Posted by Randy Rowles

A few months ago I was visiting a large helicopter flight school. While touring the school, I had the opportunity to sit in on a ground school class. The students were training toward their helicopter instrument rating, so the material being presented was on that topic. My initial impression was very positive. I thought: Wow, these young aviators are getting a great education in a highly standardized, quality-based training environment. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride


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