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Aug
19
2019

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

Posted by Scott Skola

Sometimes the simplest of tasks cause the greatest of errors. And unfortunately are usually the easiest to prevent. Read the reports below and make some mental notes so you won’t be caught in the same predicament. [Read More...]



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Aug
19
2019

Autorotation Fly-Through | A Potentially Dangerous Compromise

Posted by Randy Rowles

An increasing number of helicopter flight schools have reduced emphasis on the flare portion of the autorotation due to over-speeding. I’m told the risks of an over-speed outweigh the benefit the student experiences by conducting a positive flare in the early stages of autorotation training. It seems consensus among helicopter flight school leadership is that a gentle reduction in forward velocity to an approximate 30-knot ground speed is enough, and a go-around from this point in the maneuver is the safest solution. To be very clear, this is a dangerous compromise! [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Aug
19
2019

Velvet Elvis

Posted by Randy Mains

“Don’t make yourself famous,” is advice a pilot at Abu Dhabi Aviation gave me on one of my first flights with the company. His meaning: Do not do something stupid to put yourself in the spotlight of management or the other pilots. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Jul
15
2019

Proof, CRM does work to prevent an accident!

Posted by Randy Mains

On January 29th of this year, (2019) a Survival Flight Inc. helicopter was on a flight to pick up a patient from a hospital in Pomeroy, Ohio, when it crashed in snowy conditions killing all three occupants. The crew members were pilot Jennifer Topper, 34; nurse Bradley Haynes, 48; and nurse Rachel Cunningham, 33, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. “Any loss of life is tragic, and this is heartbreaking,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Robert Sellers said. This was “first responders flying in adverse conditions to help somebody else.” [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Jul
15
2019

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

Posted by Scott Skola

For all you drone enthusiasts out there, there have been a few changes to the recreational side rules. While personally I haven’t been bitten by that bug yet, it will be interesting whether there will be a FAA regimented maintenance side to the equation as these drones grow in size. Time will tell. [Read More...]



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Jul
15
2019

The Accident That Didn’t Happen…An Alternative Reality!

Posted by Randy Rowles

One year ago, a series of events led to the creation of helicopter accident data points. If the accidents didn’t happen, what would an alternative reality look like? [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Jun
21
2019

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

Posted by Scott Skola

Looks like a new helicopter manufacturer is coming to town. There had been talk of a company taking over the old/new Bell building located at the Lafayette, LA airport. For those who remember, Bell was slated to build the 505 at this location, but back out for various reasons. [Read More...]



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Jun
21
2019

Know Your Aircraft

Posted by Randy Mains

I gave a CRM class at a helicopter air medical flight program recently and something occurred that reminded me why it’s imperative that pilots know their aircraft. The incident happened when I was given a tour of the hospital’s aircraft by the program director and one of the pilots on duty who was a former Black Hawk pilot in the Army. The aircraft looked brand new and I could see it had everything a pilot could ask for to help them while flying in VMC or IMC conditions. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Jun
21
2019

Instructional Recalibration

Posted by Randy Rowles

Training toward your flight instructor (CFI) certificate is often a long and arduous process. Countless hours of curriculum development and practice gaining the skill sets to safely and effectively transfer knowledge to a future flock of fledgling aviators. The effort put forth to obtain the coveted CFI certificate is valuable. For many, this is their entry into the ranks of being a helicopter aficionado. Once the CFI is obtained, is retraining for the flight instructor valuable? [Read More...]



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May
13
2019

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

Posted by Scott Skola

Looks like things in the GOM are still not settling down. With several oil company mergers/buyouts on the horizon, as well as another major helicopter operator teetering on the brink, it should make this summer an interesting time. Especially, if there is an active hurricane season. [Read More...]



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