Read More: One Question, Many Answers
January 16, 2020

What are the top reasons other than pay that helicopter industry pros stay with an employer?

People join and stay with a company for many reasons and, according to the latest research, money isn’t at the top of the list. ROTOR surveyed our readers and asked them to reveal (anonymously) the nonfinancial reasons they choose an employer (respondents could provide more than one answer).

1. Supportive, Trustworthy Management (29% of respondents)

“Management that treats the employee with respect, gives clear direction, provides proper equipment/facilities, and encourages open and honest communication.” 

2. Work–Life Balance (23% of respondents)

“Some flexibility that allows for a happy family life.”

“Benefits that reduce stress at home and with family so you can concentrate on work.”

3. Company Culture (23% of respondents)

“You have to believe in the mission your company/program is performing. If their goals are something you don’t believe in, you won’t give 100%.”

“Finding a company with the same values related to safety, education, efficiency, etc., that I have.”

4. Stable Location, Schedule (23% of respondents)

“Geographical stability after moving so often in the military.”

“I’m a prior Coast Guard pilot and moved eight times in 20 years.”

“I enjoy the stability of my schedule (six on / six off).”

Read More: What new technological breakthrough would benefit your operations?
June 19, 2019

A deicing system for light twin helicopters with a useful weight penalty and price. It would be a revolution for HAA in parts of the world where icing is an issue.
– Erik Normann, Drøbak, Norway

Plug ’n fly electronic ignition for piston engines (We’re still using magnetos? C’mon man!)
– Dave Hynes, Hampton Roads, VA, USA

Why isn’t there a laser rangefinder that would keep you aware of obstacles? Cars have them.
– James Maxxwell, Jacksonville, FL, USA

Inexpensive radar altimeters for helicopters. Existing and certified RA technology is well over 10 years old and at least $25,000 per helicopter installed. With all the recent developments in the drone and autonomous vehicle sectors, the cost of reliable sensing that could be used for helicopter altitude sensing has plummeted to where an installed cost could be less than 1⁄10 of that price per helicopter: $2,500.
– Wesley Verkaart, Plymouth, MA, USA

Synthetic vision inspection of aircraft.
– Joel Collins, Maui, HI, USA

LED induced-voltage powered marker lights on electrical distribution power lines crossing any major highways that might be routinely used as landing zones for HAA operations.
– Rick Bartlett, Cumberland, MD, USA

Many single-engine helicopters possess avionics capable of supporting IFR flight. The FAA’s support for single-engine IFR certification would reduce the number of fatal accidents, especially due to controlled flight into terrain (CFIT).
Chris Baur, Kingwood, TX, USA

My operation could really use a patient litter for an R66.
– Mark Spangler, Glendale, AZ, USA

Affordable eye-movement tracking devices for seeing what students are doing in their scan patterns.
– Candise Tu, Carlsbad, CA, USA

Read More: What is the greatest threat to the helicopter industry?
November 13, 2018

Competition for qualified helicopter aviation professionals, combined with a decreasing pool of new entries into the professions, is driving up personnel costs. The experience shortage will impact safety when “old hands” are no longer available to instruct and train students. This trend will eventually make rotary-wing services economically unsupportable when compared to autonomous vehicles and alternate transportation services.

Rick Kenin
Chief Operating Officer–Transport
Boston MedFlight