Friday, 17th February, 2017
A few check flight have happened since my last post, but today I flew Mat around and around turning off all sorts of helicopter controls and getting him to solve the problem and fly the helicopter safely to the ground, Good Job Mat, Next !!
Monday, 19th September, 2016
Well I’m at it again!
Amanda Stinson aka Mandy: returned to part time work with us (Phillip Island Helicopters) today after a year or more off on maternity leave, So check flights away, Once again around one hour of zooming around the airport making life hard for Mandy but she has been flying for a few years now and put it all together today, so well done and welcome back.
Mandy and our Red Robinson R44 at Phillip Island Heliport.
Saturday, 17th September, 2016
Today I did Mats Chief Pilot check flight over and around the Phillip Island heliport. We call this a Chief Pilot 12 monthly check flight.
Matthew Eke a part time pilot for us has been flying here at Phillip Island Helicopters for the past 2 and a half years with VH-WIZ a Robinson R44 behind him, this flight took us about an hour with me turning off all sorts of helicopters systems and getting Mat to make the correct analyses and then fly the required procedure to a safe landing area inside the airport boundaries without flying over any houses or people (we come close sometimes ) It requires Mat to recall the procedure and then fly the helicopter accordingly, I have lots of fun watching them sweat it out and try to pull off all the maneuvers, we have dual controls fitted for these flight so i can help if it gets too much for them, Mat did a great job and is better for the experience and so are my customers and the general public in the areas we fly. It’s safety first for us here and always has been, there is quite a cost to us as a company but safety does cost money and we are happy to spend it.
PS: I also get some great photos on days like today 🙂 you can see on our facebook and twitter pages.
Monday, 12th September, 2016
Today we had a returning pilot Glen Coddington get checked back to line in the Jetranger B206.
This involved flying with Glen to Moorabbin airport to replace some components on the chopper, once the maintenance and ground runs were completed we flew back in much nicer weather I might add to Phillip Island Helicopters home base for a few over powerline approaches for the southerly winds to the smaller helipad, Once Glen had shown me enough maneuvers in the chopper to the high standard we demand it was time to pack up and push the helicopter away for another day, Glen has filled in for us a few times before as we have pilots going away for holidays he is a welcome addition to our crew over the next month or so, Welcome back Glen.
Sunday, 4th September, 2016
Today, you may have noticed our red Robinson R44 helicopter performing some odd-looking manouevres above the Phillip Island Heliport near Newhaven. As part of our commitment to the highest standards of safety and professionalism, I regularly put our pilots through a rigorous evaluation to ensure they are the safest they can be.
Today, Grant Arnott, who commenced part-time with Phillip Island Helicopters in 2008, underwent a series of checks and safety procedures to ensure he is able to carry passengers safely.
31st August, 2016
It was an exciting day at Phillip Island Helicopters today, where we were able to assist by helicopter with the construction of a new boardwalk at Forrest Caves, a stunning natural attraction near Surf Beach.