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Apr
27
2020

Advanced Autorotation Training…What Is It?

Posted by Randy Rowles

Recently, I read an article regarding helicopter autorotations from the perspective of a new helicopter student pilot. Although the article was merely an overview of the author’s pre-solo training experience, it was titled “Advanced Autorotations.” Why such a title? [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Apr
27
2020

Honoring that Sacred Trust

Posted by Randy Mains

“Sacred trust.” That is what your passengers give you every time they get into your helicopter to go on a flight. By their very actions they are saying to you, “I am literally placing my life in your hands.” [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Mar
12
2020

Another Reader’s comments….

Posted by Randy Mains

Randy, I concur with all your points you bring up about the Ohio Survival Flight 14 accident that you detailed in your January / February 2020 column entitled “Case Study.” I flew for Survival Flight 4 base out if Batesville Arkansas next to their HQ for 9 months. During my time there, I experienced pressure to fly; I was admonished for bringing up maintenance issues as well as questioning the crew endurance policies that were routinely violated by the Lead Pilot. I retired from the Army as CW4 IP, ASO in 2009. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Mar
12
2020

What’s That Vibration?

Posted by Randy Rowles

A few weeks ago, a pilot within our company was re-positioning a helicopter from the hangar to the ramp. While hovering, he experienced a rough engine, so he landed the helicopter on the taxiway. Seeing this, I walked over and joined him in the helicopter to aid in determining the issue. It was now that I learned that experience may falsely overshadow reality. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Feb
17
2020

Wendy’s Tour

Posted by Randy Mains

As helicopter pilots we often never know the impact we can make on a person’s life. That thought came to mind when I read my good friend’s excellent book, The Sky Behind Me written by Byron Edgington, which I can recommend without reservation. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Feb
17
2020

Helicopter Flight Below VFR Minimums…A Very Slippery Slope?

Posted by Randy Rowles

On January 26th, 2020, an S76 helicopter collided with terrain killing all nine (9) passengers onboard. The weather at the time of the accident supported a theory that weather may have been a causal factor. All aircraft accidents are bad for the industry; however, this accident helicopter was carrying a high-profile passenger which brought international attention to the situation. The immediate question is why an extremely weather capable helicopter wasn’t transitioned to IFR in lieu of continued flight in less-than-VFR conditions. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Jan
18
2020

Alone and Afraid | When Solo Flights Fail!

Posted by Randy Rowles

Last week, a helicopter student pilot was returning from a solo cross-country flight when the student accidentally entered Class D airspace without the required communication. Although entry into this airspace was planned as a part of the solo cross-country flight, the student miscalculated the position of the helicopter and was farther along than anticipated. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Jan
18
2020

A Case Study

Posted by Randy Mains

When I teach and facilitate my one-day crew resource management (CRM) course or my five-day CRM train-the-trainer course, attendees often find it difficult to bridge the gap between the human factors they learn to recognize in the course and actually putting their knowledge into practice in the real world to prevent an accident. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Dec
16
2019

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, Info… and a Laugh - December 2019

Posted by Scott Skola

And here we are at the end of yet another year. Where does that proverbial time fly to? Well, it looks like we’ll end the year on a more positive note from the GOM since both principal rotorcraft providers have emerged from Chapter 11 proceedings. While the new owners are their respective creditors, it will be interesting to see how their long legacies will play out in the future. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryROTORwrench



Dec
16
2019

Words Have Consequences

Posted by Randy Mains

I recently read a troubling story on the Facebook page titled When Seconds Count. It was written by a concerned air medical pilot who recounted something the lead pilot had said in their weekly safety meeting. In regard to newly arrived uniform ball caps embroidered with the words “FLIGHT CREW” on the back strap, the lead pilot said, "You may be the medical crew, but according to the FAA, because you are not directly involved with the operation or safety of flight, you are not considered part of the flight crew." [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth


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