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“Helping hands” for VFR Helicopter Pilots

I have another blog in the works, and I think it's going to get a lot of attention. It's about the benefits an autopilot brings to VFR-only airplane pilots, and I expect to receive more than the normal amount of emails in response because, put simply, autopilots can be an even bigger benefit to VFR helicopter pilots.

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Heading to HAI Heli-Expo?

While I always enjoy going to HAI’s Heli-Expo event wherever it is, I am really looking forward to Louisville for a couple of reasons: First, Louisville is a pretty cool city. There are lots of wonderful restaurants and plenty of places to go for entertainment. It’s also home to the nation’s largest urban forest – just in case you want to get away for a while.

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The Best Reasons to Attend a Tradeshow

We’re gearing up to head out to the HAI Heli-Expo on Feb. 29, so I thought now would be the perfect time to talk tradeshows. More specifically – why tradeshows are great and what they can do for YOU, the attendee.

We all know what tradeshows mean for an exhibitor: Lots of exposure, loads of new customer leads, and maybe even a few contracts or purchase orders to show the boss.

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Special missions require special avionics

In one of my recent blogs I talked about the new-generation GROB G 120TP single-engine advanced trainer and G 520NG single-engine, high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft. As you can guess, these two unique aircraft prompted a lot of discussions about the role avionics play in helping those and other multi-mission aircraft like the Textron AirLand Scorpion fulfill their diverse operational requirements.

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ADS-B and Autopilot Upgrades

So why am I: the Director of Sales and Marketing for Genesys Aerosystems – a company that makes autopilots and does not even have an ADS-B product – writing my blog about ADS-B?

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A Reminder that Aviation is a Pretty Cool Business...

I have to admit that sometimes when I get so tied up in doing the day-to-day I forget just how cool my job really is. I’m sure it happens to a lot of you too.

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My Open Letter to Santa

Dear Santa,

What I want for Christmas this year is for you to be able to fly safer and a lot more aware of obstacles along your route. I know how hard it is to meet your one-day-a-year delivery schedule; always flying at night, down low and in all kinds of weather. You, my dear jolly ‘ol elf are no doubt the original “scud runner.”

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Improving Safety in Single-Engine Helicopter IFR Operations

It should not be a surprise to anyone reading this that the accident rate for civilian helicopters is slightly higher than for fixed-wing aircraft, according to the NTSB. The safety agency placed helicopter operations on its “Ten Most Wanted” list in 2014. The accident rate for all aircraft—including helicopters—is 7.28 crashes for every 100,000 hours of flight time.

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Easy Customization for Avionics

Typically, when an avionics manufacturer designs a product for certification, the software must meet certain TSO requirements for the software using DO-178B guidelines.

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Choosing the Right Autopilot Will Enhance the Safety of Your Mission

There are several key questions that need to be addressed when choosing the right autopilot for your aircraft. In general they come down to your typical mission profile, what kind of aircraft you fly, what equipment is available for your aircraft, and of course your budget. The amount of VFR flying you do as opposed to IFR flying is also an important consideration.

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