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RPMN: What is your greatest career accomplishment to date?


Probably starting Advanced Flight. I really had no business experience and so everything, except the flying, was new and had to be quickly learned. Eleven years on and it’s still going


and I’ve had the


pleasure of flying with pilots from all over the world. Hopefully we’ve played a small part in improving safety and increasing understanding, and if we have, that would be the greatest accomplishment!


RPMN: Have you ever had an “Oh, crap!” moment in a helicopter? Can you summarize what happened?


I got into settling-with-power on approach to a pinnacle at 5,500 feet. We had a pretty hard landing and the helicopter was damaged but no one got hurt. Turns out I shot an approach to an area that was getting 180-degree wind shear, from 15 knots in one direction to 15 knots in the other. It was an expensive but an invaluable learning experience.


decided on this: If you look at the statistics for helicopter accidents, it’s normally a low percentage that are caused by mechanical issues. To me, this means that you can trace the other accidents to a decision that the pilot made at some point. Even if it’s weather- related, the pilot still chose to fly.


I always try to fly with that in the back of my mind. It means that, for the most part, you are in control of your own destiny. This is a good thing, but won’t be the moment you forget it. Remember: if something goes wrong today, it’s probably because of a decision you made!


Do you know someone who would be a good subject for Meet a Rotorcraft Pro? Email your suggestion to the editor-in-chief:


lyn.burks@rotorcraftpro.com.


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


Always continue to learn and train.


RPMN: In your view, what is the greatest current challenge for the helicopter industry?


I thought about this for a while and came up with a number of different things, but


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