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Cline was when he would every so often ask a question to a perplexed, unresponsive class and out of the blue would yell “mayday, mayday”…….just prior to un- befuddling us with the answer to the question. Before every sim session, clients get a thirty minute brief to cover the maneuvers and procedures to be flown in the simulator. Bobby Johnson made these briefs entertaining and painless with his no nonsense euphemisms and slightly detectable sense of sarcasm. As an experienced helicopter instructor myself, I thought he applied the perfect amount of carrot and stick to push us to new levels of performance and understanding of the aircraft.

During one practice missed approach and go- around procedure, I incorrectly used the flight direc- tor and did not apply appropriate power to maintain climb airspeed. I did not recognize this simple mistake until I was about 600 feet AGL in the soup with air- speed bleeding off through 40 kts. For those who are not familiar, most helicopters like to quit flying them- selves somewhere below 50 – 60 kts. In the name of learning, Bobby was perfectly happy to sit back and watch me barrel down the road to unusual attitudes- ville. After I punched off the flight director and got the aircraft back under control by hand flying, Bobby politely said, “thanks for creating your own unusual attitude and recovery session; we can check that maneuver off the list. Now let’s shoot another approach and get it right this time!”

It dawned on me that FlightSafety Helicopter Instructors at this facility were much more than just teachers in the subject matter of all things pertaining to the S76. They were real characters as well as sea- soned veterans of our industry.


Having the experience of starting a flight school, owning a helicopter, and Flyit Simulator myself, I am very familiar with the slim profit margins in the world of mom and pop helicopter flight training, Margins no doubt too thin to afford high end simulators and a world class building to house them. There are, howev- er, many parallels to the product lines provided by mom and pops and FlightSafety. This means there are specific line items that a lesser financed operation can focus attention if they would like to move their organ- ization toward world class. None of these items require a significant financial investment which would not pay for themselves over time.

• Hire instructors who do not just hold a CFII Certificate. Hire really good teachers who are true characters.

• Focus on standardization of curriculum. • Integrate simulator training into your program and learn to use it properly. The biggest mistake I’ve seen is when schools typically just let students

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