Pilots

Leonardo Retains Top Spot in ProPilot’s Helicopter Product Support Survey

Leonardo Retains Top Spot in ProPilot’s Helicopter Product Support Survey

16-Apr-2021Source: Leonardo

For decades, customer satisfaction has been considered central to the strategic vision of companies, and also Leonardo considers it fundamental, so much so that the contribution to the success of its customers is one of the main focuses in the corporate Mission. For the third year in a row, Leonardo has come in first place in the turbine category... Read more

Alaska DPS increases readiness by adding pilots

Alaska DPS increases readiness by adding pilots

15-Mar-2021Source: Alaska Department of Public Safety

This year the Alaska Department of Public Safety has hired two additional full-time commercial helicopter pilots to bring both the Anchorage and Fairbanks-based advanced search-and-rescue helicopters up to full staffing. These new civilian pilots will allow for seven days a week daylight coverage for both HELO2 in Fairbanks and HELO3 in Anchorage starting this summer.... Read more

UK man jailed for shining torch into police helicopter cockpit

UK man jailed for shining torch into police helicopter cockpit

1-Mar-2021Source: The Northern Echo

A PILOT was forced to take evasive action when a high-powered torch was used to deliberately target his helicopter while flying at 1,300ft. The quick-thinking police helicopter pilot managed to move to safety while other crew used high-tech cameras to locate the suspect and direct police officers to where Tony Gaffney was hiding. See Full... Read more

US Navy Test Pilot School instructors conduct research that pushes boundaries

US Navy Test Pilot School instructors conduct research that pushes boundaries

12-Feb-2021Source: NAVAIR

The instructors at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland are dedicated to ensuring the next generation of developmental test pilots, flight officers, and engineers gain the skills necessary for testing the aircraft and systems of tomorrow. Less widely known, but no less valuable, is their dedication... Read more

PHPA becomes SoCal Rotors

PHPA becomes SoCal Rotors

1-Feb-2021Source: PHPA

As we say goodbye to 2020 and embark on a New Year, we are also saying goodbye to a bit of our past while ramping up our plans for the future. The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA) was formed in 1967 to bring the helicopter community and Los Angeles area residents together, to meet, discuss... Read more

Helicentre Aviation Announces Integrated CPL(H) Scholarship

Helicentre Aviation Announces Integrated CPL(H) Scholarship

4-Jan-2021Source: Helicentre Aviation

Helicentre Aviation Academy has opened a two-week application window for prospective commercial helicopter pilots to apply for a £10,000 scholarship to part-fund their place on the 2021 Integrated CPL(H) (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter) course with ATPL(H)/IR TK (Theoretical Knowledge). The full-time, 12-month course is a fast-track and cost-effective route to becoming a professional helicopter... Read more

FAA approves COVID-19 vaccine for pilots and ATC, but with conditions

FAA approves COVID-19 vaccine for pilots and ATC, but with conditions

16-Dec-2020Source: FAA

The COVID-19 public health emergency has driven extraordinary global efforts to develop an effective and safe vaccine. Some of the vaccines in clinical testing are using novel technology, such as mRNA. The vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech has been made available to the American public under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food... Read more

ATSB reminds pilots of Low Rotor RPM response time

ATSB reminds pilots of Low Rotor RPM response time

21-Oct-2020Source: Australian Government

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) reminds all helicopter pilots to be prepared and respond immediately to low rotor RPM warnings, following the investigation into the collision with terrain of a Robinson R44 helicopter south of Ayers Rock Airport, Northern Territory, on 17 January 2018. Shortly after departing the Yulara Town helipad for a 15-minute... Read more

Practical tool for helicopter pilots takes off after three-year study

Practical tool for helicopter pilots takes off after three-year study

24-Aug-2020Source: University of Aberdeen

A new system designed to recognise the non-technical skills required by the helicopter pilots flying search and rescue missions and those who fly workers to offshore installations, has been developed by the University of Aberdeen. The HeliNOTS system outlines the non-technical skills (NTS) recognised as vital to the role of these specialised pilots. Non-technical skills... Read more

Jordan’s first female pilot trains in the USA

Jordan’s first female pilot trains in the USA

19-Nov-2019Source: Arabian Aerospace

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s first female rotary-wing aviator, Cadet Aya Basheer Ibrahim Al Sourany, recently underwent UH-60 Black Hawk virtual flight training at the Fort Indiantown Gap (FTIG) National Guard Training Center, writes Jon Lake. See Full Story.... Read more

FAA issues new diabetic protocol for pilots

FAA issues new diabetic protocol for pilots

11-Nov-2019Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published in the Federal Register a notice on a Diabetes Protocol for Applicants Seeking to Exercise Air Transport, Commercial, or Private Pilot Privileges. The innovative new protocol makes it possible for airline transport or commercial pilots with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) to potentially receive a special-issuance medical certification. Medical science has come a long... Read more

LZControl supercharges its system with new upgrades

LZControl supercharges its system with new upgrades

11-Oct-2019Source: LZControl

LZControl allows pilots, UAS operators, certificate holders, first responders, as well as federal, state, and local emergency management providers access to unique site-specific information for hospital heliports as well as Predesignated Medical Emergency Scene Sites. All while providing current weather and hazard information for individual sites along with critical hard to find healthcare data populated... Read more

Nepalese operators facing pilot shortage

Nepalese operators facing pilot shortage

23-May-2019Source: Aviation Nepal

Nepalese helicopter companies are facing a scare of pilot to operate helicopters in the mountain climbing season. 30 helicopters of 10 helicopter companies, registered in Nepal are busy in the Khumbu area. According to the Helicopter Society of Nepal (HSoN), most of the flights are operated from Lukla to Kalapatthar, Goraksep, Ferichey, Fhakdin, and Sagarmatha... Read more

CHC North Sea pilots vote to strike

CHC North Sea pilots vote to strike

7-May-2019Source: HeliHub.com

North Sea helicopter pilots have voted to strike after negotiations between their employer, CHC, and Balpa, the pilots union. The decision to strike came from a ballot where 94% voted for strike action. They are legally allowed to take industrial action in the following bases; Sumburgh, Norwich, Aberdeen and Humberside. CHC has commented that they... Read more

Potential pay review as US Army crews quit at record rate

Potential pay review as US Army crews quit at record rate

29-Apr-2019Source: HeliHub.com

The US Army has had to come up with a plan of how to retain more pilots. They currently have a 10% attrition rate. This is due to competition from commercial airlines as well as aging air crews. The army is planning on boosting salaries, awarding pilots for each milestone they reach, as well as reimbursing their... Read more

Pilot shortage at Nassau County Police unit

Pilot shortage at Nassau County Police unit

16-Apr-2019Source: HeliHub.com

Nassau County is currently experiencing a police helicopter pilot shortage. Currently there are only four pilots available for the whole aviation unit. Due to this shortage, Suffolk and the NYPD have had to fill in by sending their helicopter, as the Nassau’s helicopter had no available pilot. Currently there are two pilots in training, one... Read more

Maldivians to be Trained to Pilot Military Helicopters

Maldivians to be Trained to Pilot Military Helicopters

7-Feb-2019Source: HeliHub.com

The Maldives National Defence Force have asked the government for help in training Maldivians to pilot their two military helicopters. At the moment they are piloted by foreigners. The two military helicopters are used for emergency evacuations and SAR operations, reports Raajje.... Read more

US Airlines recruit Army helicopter pilots to ease shortage

US Airlines recruit Army helicopter pilots to ease shortage

28-Jan-2019Source: HeliHub.com

US Airlines have started recruiting helicopter pilots from the US Army to fill the pilot shortage. Pilots from the army are easier to adapt and quick to learn. The pilot shortage was hit hard by the FAA changing the amount of training hours from 250 to 1,500. Army pilots however, only require 750 hours. They... Read more

NEMSPA/USHST Joint IFR Helicopter Pilot Survey

NEMSPA/USHST Joint IFR Helicopter Pilot Survey

15-Jan-2019Source: NEMSPA/USHST

The National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) in collaboration with the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) is conducting a survey to obtain information and insight on helicopter IFR issues and limitations facing todays helicopter pilots.  We are seeking input from ALL HELICOPTER PILOTS who hold an instrument rating conducting any form of helicopter operation that utilizes... Read more

SUU Aviation Partners with Whirly-Girls

SUU Aviation Partners with Whirly-Girls

8-Aug-2018Source: Whirly-Girls International

The helicopter industry is facing unprecedented pilot shortages with a predicted demand of over 7,000 pilots in the United States alone over the next 18 years. To combat these shortages, Southern Utah University (SUU) Aviation has allocated three $20,000 scholarships to Whirly-Girls International for female helicopter pilot students. This scholarship addition will add a significant... Read more

Russian Helicopters developed a training program for the Indian pilots of Ka-226T

Russian Helicopters developed a training program for the Indian pilots of Ka-226T

16-Apr-2018Source: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has developed a training program for the Indian pilots and technical specialists within the framework of Russian and Indian project for the supply and localization of Ka-226T helicopter production in India. In accordance with this program it is planned to put into operation five simulators for... Read more

Heli-Alps Purchases new Bell 505

Heli-Alps Purchases new Bell 505

9-Apr-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Heli-Alps has recently bought a Bell 505. The company opened a flying school in 1987 and used their R22, R44 and Colibri for the pilots. Pilots have to fly a turbine helicopter after they have completed their pilot licence. The school provided their EC120 or AS350 for this, but the use of them was quite... Read more

Rotorcraft pilot and mechanic shortage verified

Rotorcraft pilot and mechanic shortage verified

3-Mar-2018Source: HAI

The results of a study forecasting the U.S. supply of rotorcraft pilots and mechanics over the next 18 years has been released, confirming what many in our industry suspected. Unless there are some fundamental changes in policy, outreach, scholarships, and access to financing, the helicopter industry faces large-scale deficits in the amount of available and... Read more

Royal Netherlands Air Force signs five-year deal with ETPS

Royal Netherlands Air Force signs five-year deal with ETPS

10-Jan-2018Source: QinetiQ

QinetiQ has agreed its first ever multi-year training contract on behalf of the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), in a five-year deal with the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Under the £5.5m contract, signed in December 2017, ETPS will continue to train the Dutch force’s test pilots and flight test engineers until at least 2022. Until... Read more

NBAA addresses Business Aviation Personnel Shortage

NBAA addresses Business Aviation Personnel Shortage

5-Jan-2018Source: NBAA

Business aviation is finding it increasingly difficult to attract and retain talent, in part because the airlines are offering what is perceived to be a better deal, and in part because of an overall decline in the number of people choosing aviation careers. Why do some business aircraft pilots believe that the airlines are a... Read more

HAI announces Pilot of the Year Award winner

HAI announces Pilot of the Year Award winner

13-Dec-2017Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce today that Maria Rodriguez, of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), a pilot for Caribbean Buzz, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Appareo Pilot of the Year Award. The award recognizes an outstanding single feat performed by a helicopter pilot during the year or... Read more

BALPA to support the North Sea pilot community

BALPA to support the North Sea pilot community

11-Dec-2017Source: BALPA

It’s been an extremely tough few years for offshore helicopter firms in the North Sea. The downturn in the oil and gas industry has hit the local economy hard and the knock-on effect has been redundancies at both CHC Helicopters and Bristow Helicopters. For those facing the news that their jobs are on the line... Read more

First Afghan UH-60 pilots graduate

First Afghan UH-60 pilots graduate

27-Nov-2017Source: DVIDS

Six Afghan Air Force members became the first ever AAF UH-60 Black Hawk pilots, after graduation from Aircraft Qualification Training during a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2017. Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air advisors and Afghan Air Force leaders were in attendance to congratulate the pilots during this historic ceremony. “I am happily announcing... Read more

AvFuel announces NBAA-BACE Rolex winner

AvFuel announces NBAA-BACE Rolex winner

6-Nov-2017Source: AvFuel

Avfuel announces Glen Rutland of Shoreline Aviation Services—a corporate aircraft management and consulting company—as the lucky pilot who won a Rolex in the Avfuel booth at the 2017 National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition held in Las Vegas this October. Rutland was randomly drawn from a pool of hundreds of people who... Read more

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