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and don’t understand why our community isn’t tighter. It doesn’t matter to me if a person was trained in the military or civilian  knowledge they have. I have seen great pilots from both communities, and neither one is better than the other. Yes, I am proud of where I learned and served, but that doesn’t make the other better or worse.


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


The biggest challenge for our industry at this moment is the FAA. There is no      and it doesn’t seem like there ever will be. While I know some very good inspectors, I also know some that are there for the pay and retirement. Until we as a community demand change, there will be none. Please don’t take this as, “I hate the FAA.” I really want to support them. I 


be in Washington and see if they would take some input, but haven’t heard back yet. I may make this my last goal in my aviation career.


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


My biggest scare in helicopters came as          commander to a meeting on land. As we were  navigating. We had only maps back then, which is a lost art today. Anyway, we were going up a valley when the crew chief yelled, “Wires!” I focused in on them, grabbed the controls, slammed the collective down and passed under the wires by about three feet – just to have another set in front of me that I had to climb over. Of course the ride for the passengers was wild, but we survived. I landed along a river below and proceeded to smoke a pack of cigarettes.


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


My biggest piece of advice for the young pilots today would be to never stop learning, stay humble, and stay alert. Never get to the point where you think you know it all.


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