Rotor Stories

NOVEMBER

Matt Erickson- My First Solo

This is a brief tail of my personal experience soloing a helicopter for the first time. Looking back, we have all put in a lot of effort to get this far. I personally have spent 40.5 hours of dual instruction time flying and tons of time studying to get to this point. Well where do […]

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JULY

Korey Fequet – Young Helicopter Pilot Living the dream!

Korey Fequet became a helicopter pilot after spending six months at Capitale Hélicoptère, a flight school in Quebec City, Canada. Like many other young pilots, his dream was obviously to work in the helicopter industry. His hard work during his training allowed him to get a job at the Complexe Capitale Hélicoptère, home of Capitale […]

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MAY

Interview With Hanna Sebright : Midlands Air Ambulance

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity: Saving Lives by Saving Time  Over two decades ago, on May 21st 1991, a handful of people formally launched a new air ambulance called ‘Air 5’ in Worcestershire. The service, is now known as ‘Midlands Air Ambulance’ and was founded as there was a significant need for a rapid response paramedic […]

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APRIL

Douglas Williams – helicopter pilot in training

Douglas Williams, student at Western Helicopters in Rialto, CA, got his private license in December. He is 37 years old, and currently working towards getting his commercial licence. “I have always looked to the sky for inspiration, and helicopters always seemed so much more capable than airplanes. Funny enough, Airwolf was my favorite show. That […]

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JANUARY

Carl Forsling, MV-22B Osprey instructor pilot

Carl Forsling is from Ames, Iowa. “I pretty much had the standard Midwestern upbringing. School, football, and wrestling”, he said. He is a MV-22B Osprey instruction pilot and he was kind enough to answers some questions for RotorNation. Tell us about yourself After high school, I went to school at the University of Pennsylvania, which I […]

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JANUARY

Larry Jeram-Croft: Navy Commander – A steep learning curve

This is a story of one of the more important decisions I ever made although at the time it just seemed like a good idea. In 1978, I was awarded my Royal Naval pilot’s wings and went on to train on the Sea King Mark One anti-submarine helicopter. After conversion, I was offered the option […]

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SEPTEMBER

Cicaré Helicopters: The Ultra-Light Helicopters from Argentina

[header 3]Exclusive Interview with Fernando Cicaré, President [/header] Did Augusto Cicaré (Cicaré’s Designer) have any background or experience when he decided to build helicopters? Augusto had no background at all. He was born in a very small village called Polvaredas. He was 4 or 5 years old when he saw on the cover of “Popular […]

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AUGUST

Erica Schatz : Commercial helicopter pilot in training

Erica Schatz lives and works in NYC and has been doing her flight training at Helicopter Flight Training, Inc. located at MacArthur Airport on Long Island. When Rotornation first contacted her, she was a few weeks away from her check ride. Later on, she wrote us back to let us know that she had passed […]

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AUGUST

Heather Howley: Owner of Independent Helicopters

[header 3] Q&A with Heather Howley [/header] Five years ago, Heather Howley decided to open Independent Helicopters, in Newburgh, NY. She recently opened a second location in Saratoga Springs. On top of owning her own company, Heather is Gold Seal Rated, Chief Helicopter pilot, with over 4500 hours of flight time. She also does power […]

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AUGUST

Robert Pinksten: 17 and two ratings

My name is Robert Pinksten and I’m a dual rated 17 year old pilot. I achieved my PPL Helicopter on my 17th birthday, and my PPL fixed wing just a short time after. I have always been in love with aviation, in particular helicopters. When I was 15, during my sophomore year in high school […]

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