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  1. I'm trying to start a career as a helicopter pilot. I'm at a job right now that i hate, but it pays enough for me to get lessons. I've been doing research, and I've seen that getting an airplane ppl will save you money when getting your helicopter ppl. Has anyone gone this route starting off, and could they tell me if it was worth doing? I'm also in the army reserves, and I've debated going active duty as a helicopter pilot. I talked to a WO recruiter and he said the best route would be going active duty. The trouble with that is it's not a guarantee I'll make the warrant officer position, and if i can't re-class I'll have an mos i wouldn't want to be active with. I meet all the requirements of the WO position otherwise. Any feedback would be much appreciated.
  2. So im just curious on what the general consensus is on Westwind Helicopters? Both the company, the staff and their management. Thanks, and have a good day!
  3. Pilots, local aviation entities, and community members are invited to join precision for a fly-in and industry day at Chehalem Airpark (17S) on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Come explore and share what aviation has to offer in the Pacific Northwest. There will be airplane and helicopter ride as well as plenty of BBQ food and drinks. Also, come check out the first Guimbal Cabri helicopter in the U.S.
  4. Ive been researching flight schools for a long time and have come down to one of these two. Im from NH and want to stay in the area, which is why I want to go to northeastern. The only reason I want to go to guidance is because they are at a higher elevation, and I want to work in the mountains. The thing is, Ive lived in that area before and I didnt like it at all. Is training at higher elevation really going to make a big difference on my job prospects? Ive looked up reviews on both schools and they both seem good, but does anybody have any further input?
  5. As reported by Vertical Magazine the two ditchings of EC225s Super Puma in the North Sea caused significant losses to Eurocopter financial results. A bad situation http://www.verticalmag.com/news/article/23920#.UZng2bWGHzy More Sharing ServicEurocopter parent company EADS announced disappointing first-quarter financial results for the helicopter division, driven in part by technical problems with the offshore Super Puma fleet. Although EADS’ Q1 2013 revenues were up overall — reflecting higher aircraft deliveries at Airbus Commercial — Q1 revenues at Eurocopter fell by 13 percent to € 1,038 million (compared to € 1,199 million in Q1 2012) with deliveries of 58 helicopters (down from 72 in Q1 2012). The Division’s EBIT declined by 69 percent to € 20 million (Q1 2012: € 64 million). EADS noted that Eurocopter’s strong performance in sales and EBIT in Q1 2012 benefited from a strong delivery performance, in particular for the Super Puma. Later in 2012, however, two ditchings of EC225 LP Super Puma helicopters in the North Sea prompted offshore operators in the region to ground their Super Puma fleets. “Eurocopter has faced some revenue and EBIT pressure arising from the technical problems with the Super Puma fleet,” EADS stated in a press release. “Flight restrictions have impacted both the delivery schedule and the service revenues generated by helicopter operations.” On a positive note, the release said, “A recovery is expected later in 2013 as Eurocopter has now identified the root cause for the technical issues and validation with the regulators is ongoing." In the first three months of 2013, Eurocopter booked 51 net orders (Q1 2012: 93 net orders). At the end of March 2013, the Division’s order book was worth € 12.7 billion (year-end 2012: € 12.9 billion), comprising 1,063 helicopters (year-end 2012: 1,070 helicopters). Also in the quarter, Eurocopter signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the German government reducing the overall number of helicopters to be delivered but with some rebalancing between types on the NH90 from TTH to naval NFH versions. Other discussions with key customers are ongoing
  6. Does anyone have any information on the following: How does the process breakdown for learning to fly different types of helicopters? If you start in a trainer (R22/R44/S300CBi/etc.), how does the progression work for larger and/or more complicated aircraft (turbines, etc.)? Is this done through formal training (schools, etc.) or OJT from an employer? Is this based on how many hours you have accumulated? Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
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