Hi guys! I’m sorry I haven’t had more time to post new material here. This time of year is really busy for us. Add my other duties and I have my plate full both at work and at home. I just got back from two weeks away last night, so I thought I’d share some of the pictures I shot during that time. I’ve also included this rough map that illustrates some of the areas I visited these two weeks.
I am very busy these days with various work to get done, so I haven’t been able to post nearly as much as I want to. Today I’d like to share some random pictures taken by me or my loadmasters the last two weeks. My first day was spent doing an audit, so not much pictureworthy about that. The rest was much better though.
Check out my new page, Becoming a Helicopter Pilot. It is a work in progress, so feel free to ask any questions you might have if you are considering a career in rotary aviation.
If you, like me, have wondered how the K-Max flies from a pilot’s perspective, look no further. Elan Head of Vertical has written a great article about this odd looking aircraft which gives you a very good insight into its quirkiness. Being a longline pilot, this is a helicopter I’d love to get my hands on, but they are a rare breed, so reading about it is a close as most of us will ever get to flying it. For those of you not previously familiar with it, I guarantee that you’ll find this helicopter to be even weirder than it looks.
…The K-MAX is unique not only for its intermeshing rotor system, but also for how that rotor system is controlled. In conventional helicopters, pilot control inputs change the pitch of the main rotor blades at their root. In helicopters made by Kaman — which, in addition to the civilian K-MAX, include the H-43 Huskie and SH-2 Seasprite — the pilot is instead controlling smaller airfoils called servo flaps that are attached to the trailing edge of the main rotor blades, around three-quarters of the way toward their tips….
Read about Elan’s comprehensive look into this amazing helicopter here.
Using data from more than 500 accidents, safety experts from the International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) developed seven safety initiatives for operators and pilots that would have the strongest impact on reducing helicopter accidents. They focus in general on pilot training, safety and risk management concepts, and maintenance practices.
Install and use cockpit recording devices – Install and incorporate flight data monitoring equipment to record the actions of the flight crew. Data can be used for immediate feedback to trainers, operators and flight crews. The data could also aid during accident investigation to support a more complete analysis and future safety recommendations.
Improve Autorotation Training – Enhance autorotation training in both primary and advanced flight training and develop simulator programs to improve autorotation skills.
Add Advanced Maneuvers to Simulator Training – Incorporate a simulator training program that includes dynamic rollover, emergency procedures training, ground resonance, quick stop maneuvers, targeting approach procedures, and practice with pinnacle approaches, unimproved landing areas, and elevated platforms.
Enhance training about awareness, performance and emergencies – Establish training programs that evaluate the proficiency of critical issues such as systems failures, impending weather concerns, effects of density altitude, and wind and surface conditions. Continually evaluate pilots on aircraft performance, the effects of density altitude, gross weight and flight manual limitations. Also emphasize loss of system, recognition and recovery training.
Implement a personal risk management program – Encourage the use of a personal risk management program such as the IMSAFE checklist and other simple safety tools.
Establish a Safety Management System – A formal Safety Management System (SMS) requires training for specific missions, the establishment and enforcement of standard operating procedures, provisions and training of personnel to use risk assessment tools, and most importantly, a focus on changing the safety culture to ensure that all personnel put safety first during every mission.
Adhere to maintenance compliance and quality assurance – Strictly follow the manufacturer’s maintenance manuals and practices. Implement a robust quality assurance program that ensures the use of manufacturers maintenance manuals, service bulletins, and procedures.