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Jan
13
2019

Rapid Deceleration or Rejected Takeoff…What’s the Difference?

Posted by Randy Rowles

While conducting an FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) – Helicopter practical test, the applicant was given an emergency during the takeoff phase of flight. In lieu of conducting a Rejected Takeoff procedure, the applicant initiated a climb to 40’agl, maintained 40kts of airspeed, and announced the execution of a Quick Stop maneuver. When queried about the method by which the Rejected Takeoff was conducted, the applicant advised “that is how a Quick Stop is done”. Note: For the purpose of this article, Rapid Deceleration and Quick Stop will have the same meaning. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Jan
08
2019

Are we considered acceptable loss?

Posted by Randy Mains

Dan Foulds, owner and lead instructor at AMRM Training Solutions and a board member with the National EMS Pilot’s Association posted a valid question on Facebook. His observation came following the tragic air medical accident in Wisconsin on the 26th of April where 3 people lost their lives in a tour helicopter. Here’s what he said, [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Jan
04
2019

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

Posted by Scott Skola

Looks like the offshore rotorcraft industry hasn’t fared any better though. While the financials of most major players are continuing their slide, there’s new company acquisitions on one side and rumors of sell-offs on the other side. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryROTORwrench



Dec
05
2018

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - December 2018

Posted by Scott Skola

A lot of flying going on in California last month covering the fires. While I never directly worked in that type of ops, I have seen them in action during the day and the mechanics during the night. A sight to see. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryROTORwrench



Dec
05
2018

The Confidence Cliff | When Experience Really Matters!

Posted by Randy Rowles

Within the dynamic realm of helicopter flight, exuberance and sometimes overconfidence fills the cockpit in the form of eager aviators. They are called helicopter pilots! Each day, helicopters perform missions that serve the public in a variety of ways: air medical, law enforcement, firefighting, and even tourism, just to name a few. Rotorcraft provide the ability to go places not usually accessible to the average person. Helicopter pilots often spend years learning their craft and gaining the experience required to conduct more complex, and often better paying, helicopter pilot jobs. However, the experience gained in hours may not accurately reflect the experience required in proficiency. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Dec
05
2018

Now I know what my Dog's Thinking

Posted by Randy Mains

When operating an aircraft with the latest glass cockpit technology a common observation is: “Now I know what my dog’s thinking when he watches TV.” There’s another common comment as well, “What’s it doing now?” [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Nov
19
2018

Advanced Helicopter Training…Is It Safe?

Posted by Randy Rowles

I recently had the opportunity to conduct advanced helicopter training with a group of pilots from a large domestic helicopter company. The maneuvers consisted of touchdown autorotations, FADEC failures, tail-rotor malfunctions, and other various emergencies unique to the company’s mission segment. The training sessions were conducted during both day and night conditions. At night, all maneuvers are conducted while using Night Vision Goggles (NVG). [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRotorcraft Checkride



Nov
19
2018

To Become A Writer

Posted by Randy Mains

Are you interested in becoming a writer? A young helicopter pilot by the name of Taylor heard me speak at Helisuccess in Las Vegas and sent me an email saying he, too, had an interest in writing and wanted to know what the writing process was like for me, what was the tipping point where I decided to write and WHY. Here is my answer to him. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryMy Two Cents Worth



Nov
16
2018

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - November 2018

Posted by Scott Skola

Being a history buff, I run across some unique stuff. Like this one: This past October, 62 years ago, the first Bell Huey flew as the XH-40. While the Sikorsky R-4 and the Bell 47 gave the world a viable helicopter, it was the Huey and its performance in Vietnam that gave us the industry we call home. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryROTORwrench



Oct
22
2018

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - October 2018

Posted by Scott Skola

To all those flying and wrenching in the Carolinas and beyond, I wish you good luck and support. I think everyone has an FAA story. For most of us, we usually remember only the bad ones. You know: “Hi, I’m with the FAA and I’m here to help you.” [Read More...]



Categories: categoryROTORwrench


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