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Jan
25
2024

The SkillBridge Program

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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

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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

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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?

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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!

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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

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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



Nov
16
2023

Maintenance Minute - November 2023 | Focus

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When I first started my civilian aircraft maintenance career many years ago, my friend and mentor Buddy Evans told me that as aircraft mechanics we are not afforded the luxury of a mistake. I understood what Buddy was saying but I thought, how can we, as humans, not make mistakes? It’s in our nature. “To err is human,” is the famous quote credited to Alexander Pope in the 1700’s. I soon realized that what Buddy was trying to communicate to me was that I must take every precaution to mitigate the risk of errors. [Read More...]



Tags: Maintenance Minute Mark Tyler
Categories: categoryMaintenance Minute



Nov
16
2023

Finding Structure After Leaving the Military

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Transitioning from military to civilian life can be a difficult process, especially when it comes to finding structure. Trust me, it is stressful no matter how prepared you are, and I can guarantee at some point you will ask yourself, “What have I done?” After spending years serving in an environment with clear rules and expectations, it can be overwhelming to enter a world with less structure and more ambiguity. Military service is an experience unlike any other, and transitioning from active duty to civilian life presents many challenges. After leaving the structured environment of military life, veterans may struggle to adjust and find purpose in a new setting. The transition can be even more difficult for those who entered the military fresh out of high school, as they may need to learn basic life skills for the first time. [Read More...]



Tags: Mil2Civ



Nov
16
2023

European Rotors

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Come Collaborate to Improve Safety and Operational Excellence Since time began, humans have come together to share stories and discuss ideas that can make the world a better place. In such a diverse community like that of rotorcraft and VTOL, we have lots of amazing people using a wide variety of machines to perform different tasks and activities.  [Read More...]



Tags: Safety First VAST
Categories: categorySafety First



Oct
27
2023

Maintenance Minute - October 2023 | Before “Clear!”

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As the pilot straps in the helicopter, he or she begins to go through the checklist and starts moving switches to their proper positions. Battery on, fuel pump on, and throttle set. The last thing a pilot does before he engages the start switch is to look over his shoulder and yell, “Clear!” [Read More...]



Tags: Maintenance Minute Mark Tyler
Categories: categoryMaintenance Minute


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