file-dec-13-2-23-27-pmOver twenty years ago, the aviation bug bit Jack Stelter through his discovery of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Flight simulation became his primary hobby, and led to an opportunity to write for the top three online magazines in that field. Two years later, his first flight lesson in a Cessna 172 solidified aviation as an appropriate career choice, and he has been flying ever since.

After fulfilling a desire to serve in the military via an enlistment in the United States Marine Corps to include deployment to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Jack trained for and then worked as a helicopter Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) for three years, achieving the position of Part 141 Check Instructor and Mountain Flying Instructor, as well as receiving a Gold Seal on his CFI certificate. During his instructing career, he collaborated with two colleges in developing and managing their degree-seeking flight training programs, and worked directly for one college as Adjunct Faculty, teaching aviation core classes at the undergraduate level over multiple semesters.

Jack then moved on to other types of commercial flying, including Electronic News Gathering (ENG) and Helicopter Air Ambulance* (HAA), and has commercially flown the following aircraft: Airbus H130B4, Bell 206L4, 206L1C30P, 206L3, 206B3, Robinson R44, and R22. He still teaches on the side, and now focuses on this blog and writing books to promote continuous learning so as to enhance safety in the helicopter-operating environment.

* Formerly referred to as Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS).

Jack’s Certificates/Ratings:

  • Certified Flight Instructor (w/ Gold Seal)
    • Rotorcraft-Helicopter
    • Instrument-Helicopter
  • Commercial Pilot
    • Rotorcraft-Helicopter
    • Instrument-Helicopter
  • Ground Instructor
    • Advanced
    • Instrument
  • Private Pilot
    • Airplane Single-Engine-Land


The purpose of this site is to discuss commonly misunderstood or poorly taught subjects related to civilian helicopter pilot training and operations. My hope is that it will encourage continued study throughout your entire career as a helicopter pilot, and that you won’t let disuse of knowledge endanger the safety of yourself, your passengers, and people on the ground, as well as the standing of your pilot certificate.

Names and places may be changed to protect identities of those involved in content on this site. I will always cite references and provide related links in each article published, so that you can verify the information yourself and add these sources to your own studies/libraries.

I assume no responsibility for errors or omissions contained in this blog, neither is any liability assumed for damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein. Any errors/omissions discovered will be updated and indicated as corrected. This blog does not contain legal advice, nor does it promote the violation of existing regulations, and I assume no responsibility for readers conduct with regards to such.

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