During some recent helicopter recurrent training we discussed various accidents and reviewed videos of said accidents. While analyzing accident video is an important method for learning ways to avoid making the same mistakes, something else can be gleaned from this available evidence: everybody is recording video or taking photos of our helicopter flight. We are in the public’s eyes at all times.
My first pilot job, like many fresh pilots in the United States, was as a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). Back when I was first hooked on flying helicopters, I did thorough research to find the steps I wanted to take to achieve my goal of making a career as a helicopter pilot. The end goal was to be either a utility pilot or emergency medical service pilot. Figuring out how to get there was the challenge.
This blog is for helicopter pilots. Many helicopter pilot careers involve frequent travel: fire fighting, utility, and power line patrol to name a few. My last trip out-of-town was for two weeks of training, and I figured I’d show you how light I travel. In my life, I own less than 50 things, not to achieve that number as a goal, but to pay better attention to life itself. I will post an article about that later, but you’ll actually see much of what I own in this one photo.
The Notices To Airmen (NOTAM) Publication—updated every 28 days—contains NOTAMs that are not given during pilot briefings unless specifically requested by the pilot.1 As such, it is our responsibility to review these already published NOTAMs for applicable information for every flight, in addition to new NOTAMs. Some of these are easily forgotten or poorly reviewed in helicopter flight training, yet we are held responsible to comply with these notices: they are regulatory.