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May
20
2015

Helicopter Maintenance Tips - May 2015

Posted by Scott Skola

Couple quickies this month. May’s tips: ATA 62 Bell 206 series: String aligning M/R blades can be a bit tedious. One cheat to see the string better is to fabricate a couple stringing mirrors. You can use pieces from a broken mirror, or simply buy a couple small rectangular mirrors that will sit across the top of the M/R blade bolt. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryROTORwrench



May
20
2015

Hey Instructor…Why Do YOU Teach?

Posted by Randy Rowles

Without reservation, I can say that I have found my passion in life. I love teaching the art of helicopter flight. I don’t know when, where, or why my passion for sharing my love for helicopters developed, I only know that I enjoy it. Equally enjoyable is serving the FAA as a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). Do all instructors share this passion? If not, what motivates instructors in their vital role within our industry? [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



May
20
2015

The Dirty Dozen - May 2015 Issue

Posted by Randy Mains

Maintenance engineers and mechanics have known about ‘The Dirty Dozen’ for years. They are the 12 most common human error preconditions or conditions that act as precursors to accidents or incidents for mechanics. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Apr
23
2015

What did we get HER on? Part 2

Posted by Francis Meyrick

…First though, some other fun stuff. Just some random examples. 3) Classic statement Nurse says: (firmly, pointedly, lips pursed, no-nonsense tone of voice) (arms folded) (foot probably tapping, but I didn’t dare look) “I want you to understand I know just as much about flying this helicopter as you do. I’ve been flying on these machines for five years, and I’ve seen it all. You understand me?” [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMoggy's Musings



Apr
23
2015

Helicopter Maintenance Tips April 2015

Posted by Scott Skola

April’s tips: ATA 53 Airbus EC135 series: Avionics Deck vent openings in fuselage side panels. Much to a mechanic’s displeasure, this simple venting system has been the root of many electrical issues. Main problem is when water applied with force (e.g. hose while washing aircraft, etc.) at either vent grill will allow plenty of water to cover components on the avionics deck and even the master electrical boxes. One fix adopted by numerous operators is to fabricate and install a simple “hat” or deflector to the interior top section of the fiberglass vent tubes. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryROTORwrench



Apr
23
2015

Field of Dreams

Posted by Randy Mains

In the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner hears ghostly voices coming from his Iowa cornfield telling him, “If you build it they will come,” meaning he should build a baseball diamond and former members from the Chicago Black Sox would come. Each day for the two months that I worked building a crew resource management instructor’s course, a similar line kept replaying in my head: What if I build it and no one comes? [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Apr
23
2015

Operational Decision Making: Life after Flight Training

Posted by Randy Rowles

Within the flight training industry, a key component to mitigating risk is standardization. Providing the student and instructor with repeatable tools to aid in the decision-making process provides a predictable environment in which flight training can occur safely. However, this may be a double-edged sword. On one side you have a highly standardized method of operating that is repeatable, predictable, and offers very little in the form of operational risk. On the other side, the student pilot is offered very little opportunity to make operational decisions. The key to becoming a safe, competent helicopter pilot is the ability to make good decisions. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Mar
23
2015

Helicopter Maintenance Tips - March 2015

Posted by Scott Skola

March’s tips: ATA 52 Sikorsky S-76A: Ever had cabin/cockpit doors rattle a little or give a “door light” even though fully closed? Look at plastic part on fuselage door striker post. If worn, loosen up post and reposition plastic tube to non-worn area. If unable and no spares in stock, pick up some white plastic water line of the appropriate ID/OD at your local hardware store and replace as needed. [Submitted by Buckeye Ted] [Read More...]



Categories: categoryROTORwrench



Mar
23
2015

Helicopter Cross-Country: Getting There is Only Half the Fun

Posted by Randy Rowles

The FAA requires all initial pilot certificate applicants (except ATP) to demonstrate cross-country proficiency during a practical test. The Practical Test Standard (PTS) Area of Operation identifying the proficiency to be demonstrated is titled “Navigation.” Tasks included within this section of the PTS are pilotage and dead reckoning, radio navigation and radar services, diversion, and lost procedures. This portion of the exam is intended to verify that the student has sufficient knowledge to fly a helicopter safely outside of his or her local flying area. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Mar
23
2015

HEMS SAFETY STORIES

Posted by Randy Mains

“The doctor told me I’d never walk again,” former Utah flight nurse Stein Rosqvist told the group with obvious emotion. “I saw that wheelchair being pushed towards me down the corridor and said, ‘That’s definitely not for me.’” Through months of physical therapy by a nurse that would not permit him to say, “I can’t,” Stein walks today. His is just one of the stories I heard during the three-day digital story workshop I attended recently in Denver, Colorado. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth


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