165 How to get a Helicopter License and a Job Flying Helicopters + GA News

165 How to get a Helicopter License and a Job Flying Helicopters + GA News

Summary
165 Max talks with Steve Bush, owner of Lone Star Helicopters, about FAA requirements for a Private helicopter certificate and the typical hours required. Steve also talks about the different types of helicopters used in the training and their typical cost. He also talks about the current strong market for helicopter pilots, and typical number of hours needed to qualify for different helicopter jobs.

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FAA Grants and Scholarships page
Pilot on wrong frequency NTSB Report
Oral Exam Guide: Airline Transport Pilot
Lone Star Helicopter website

Videos Mention in the Show
Helicopter Tour over Downtown Austin, TX
Lone Star Helicopter – Getting a Helicopter Certificate

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137 Kobe Bryant Crash, Special VFR, More IFR Challenges + GA News


137 Kobe Bryant Crash, Special VFR, More IFR Challenges + GA News

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Summary
137 Max talks about risks associated with flying Special VFR and offers guidelines who when not to do it and about regulations for Special VFR, for pilots and controllers. He’s also talks about why Kobe Bryant’s helicopter wasn’t flying IFR when it crashed. He also talks about some recent IFR challenges flying a Cirrus Vision Jet on an arrival into Salt Lake and into Hawthorne, CA.

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Superior, Wisconsin Airport
Cirrus SR22 Fuselage Damaged During Crash
After The Accident: A Single Pilot Was Not Enough
Crash of a Cessna 500 Citation in Marietta, GA
Why Upset Training Just Doesn’t Work
Southern California Airspace Users Working Group

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Student Video: Tuskegee Airmen
Video: JoAnn & Sandy Hill

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74 Red Bull Helicopter Aerobatics Air Show Performer – Aaron Fitzgerald Live Interview


74 Red Bull Helicopter Aerobatics Air Show Performer – Aaron Fitzgerald Live Interview

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Max talks with Aaron Fitzgerald at AirVenture about how he got inspired as a child to fly helicopters, and how he came to fly aerobatics for the Red Bull Air Force. After serving as a paratrooper in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division he began flight training in 1994. Next he began flying news helicopters in Los Angeles. Today, he’s CEO of Airborne Images, and he has over 8,500 flight hours. He’s worked all over North America on over 100 film and television projects. He recently joined the Red Bull team flying aerobatics in a helicopter and his debut air show was earlier this week at AirVenture.

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56 ATC Visual Separation for Private Pilots Explained, NTSB Report on NYC Helicopter Accident + GA News


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Max talks in detail about visual separation, the responsibility pilots assume when they agree to maintain visual separation, and methods they can use for avoiding other aircraft. The NTSB preliminary report reveals more on that NYC helicopter crash that killed five passengers. A listener asks about when to switch from ground to tower at a towered airport, another listener asks about simulating an AHRS failure in a Garmin G1000 equipped aircraft, and another listener ask what exactly controllers mean when they say to enter on a 2-mile base.

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Lincoln Laboratory ATC-258 on Terminal Area Separation Standards

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Garmin Guidance to DPEs and CFIs

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37 Northern California Wildfire Rescues – CHP Pilot Jan Sears Interview


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This past weekend, the governor of California called the Northern California wildfires “one of the greatest tragedies California has ever faced.” And even as we record this today, nine days after the fires started, over 11,000 firefighters are still on the front lines, fighting these fires. You’ve probably seen news reports showing some of the dozens of airtankers and helicopters that are fighting the fires. But most people are unaware that the California Highway Patrol runs one of the largest law enforcement aviation operations in the country, both in number of aircraft and hours flown. And that those aircraft, flown by CHP officer/pilots, have been heavily involved in fire-related activities.

Late on a  Sunday night, on October 8, 2017, CHP officer/pilot Jan Sears was returning from a routine patrol in one of the department’s GippsAero GA-8 Airvan airplanes, when he spotted a faint flicker in the dark hills. He told his partner, Flight Officer Todd Labadie that it might not be anything, but that they should fly over and take a look. Jan picks up the story from there and describes how he and other CHP officers have support the fire relief efforts, including air rescues of over 50 people from within the fires.

You can find more information about CHP here, and on the CHP Golden Gate Division Air Operations’ Facebook page. It includes a link to this story that ran on the CBS Evening News, about Pepe Tamayo, a father who had to stay behind because there was only room for four people in the CHP helicopter. CHP made two return trips before they found Pepe and rescued him too.

In our interview, Jan Sears referred to an article in LA Times titled Understaffed and overwhelmed, rescuers had to make life-and-death choices as wildfires rages.

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