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been to develop a strong team to make it easier and more efficient to maintain our fleet of helicopters. My team has worked diligently with WinAir to successfully integrate Haverfield to real-time electronic recordkeeping and maintenance tracking. Now all field personnel have the ability to research aircraft records, ICAs, STCs, 8130s


and 337s, from any hanger or


cornfield anywhere in the world. This is a great accomplishment in our eyes.


I have been working with RMCI Inc. to


install integrated vibration analysis


equipment in our fleet of 500s. We currently have the only civilian Blackhawk with their system installed, and the capabilities have been nothing but astonishing. I have been searching for a solution to change from a reactive maintenance program to a proactive program, and RMCI has delivered. I completely revamped the budget and brought a new outlook of how to spend money more wisely. That fiscal responsibility, in combination with finding and understanding how to work with key vendors, has made it possible to provide a 96 percent availability rate while operating within a tight budget. Working with companies like ITP Aero, Prime Turbines, Heli-Mart, Aerometals, and Heli- Tech, to name a few, has largely contributed to my success.


Haverfield provides safe, reliable aircraft to our pilots, crews and customers; this is the most fulfilling accomplishment of all.


RPMN: What do you enjoy doing on your days off?


I enjoy spending time with my wife Patti and the three boys. With sporting events and after-school activities, it is always exciting. I enjoy riding motorcycles, boating, hunting, and fishing. Patti and I also enjoy traveling when we are not working on the house together.


RPMN: If you could give only one piece of advice to a new helicopter pilot, what would it be?


As a DOM who is not a pilot, the advice I could give a new helicopter pilot is the importance of learning your aircraft and systems. Do walk-arounds with all of your mechanics and other seasoned pilots in order to gain all of the tribal and book knowledge that you can. Work with the mechanics and develop sound communication with the maintenance department. Above all, remain curious; it will surely pay future dividends.


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To a new mechanic, I would say the same, but add to that the importance of utilizing the maintenance manual, diligent troubleshooting, taking your time to do it right the first time, paying attention to detail, and staying motivated to be the best.


RPMN: In your view, what is the greatest challenge for the helicopter industry at this moment in time?


With the type of aircraft that Haverfield operates, it is always a challenge to find parts far enough in advance, or during AOG (aircraft on ground) times. As the fleet ages, manufacturers struggle with


the direction of servicing existing models or concentrate on building newer models. Parts will only continue to become more difficult to find and obtain. This has been on customers’ radars for some time. To help combat this, I have been continuously building up more inventory and adding to what we overhaul in-house.


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