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       as part of their professions is one of my  medic and had the occasion to request the state police helicopter to assist on a fugitive search. My daughter is a nurse and had the opportunity to do a ride along with me when I  Health Network in Pittsburgh. My daughter’s  a thrill watching him progress through the process too.


I aspire to have a positive inspire those I am fortunate enough to meet.


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


I’ve had a few moments; we had an engine fail   engine without further incident and turn it into a “teaching moment.”


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Another event in a twin-engine helicopter involved a governor low side failure. Again,  helipad boxed in by terrain, at night and heavier than usual. My crew responded exactly as they had been briefed. They made the necessary communications to our local       and, above all, remained calm and in control. We were able to abort and reposition to a nearby airport with no issue.


With good training and practices, I believe “Oh, crap” moments should be minimal.


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


  at any level: seek out knowledge in any way possible. Talk to and listen to the “old-timers;” read anything and everything written relating to your questions; always


        learned to be a better aviator!


Be patient, never rush yourself, continue to learn your aircraft and follow your training.


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


The industry is experiencing a pilot shortage, an increase in UAV operations, and a technology boom with aviation systems.


     be our greatest challenge to meet the ever-changing world of aviation, new technologies and the UAV community’s needs.


I believe we’re at a unique crossroad with the older stick-and-rudder type pilots and the younger techie types. With today’s complex systems, both skills are imperative and must complement one another.


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