Rotorworks Blog

Temperature Inversions

I'm sure you all remember the international standard atmospheric lapse rate from your ground school (it's 1.98°C per 1000 ft in case you need a hint) but it's that time of year again when you may have noticed your outside air temperature gauge...

Icing Conditions

We know. Nobody is ready to start talking about winter but it's fast approaching. This means it's time to start considering icing. As helicopter pilots the vast majority of us fly under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and consequently never fly through clouds....

Cooler Temperatures

The snow might not have stayed but whether you're willing to admit it yet or not winter is coming and the overnight temperatures are starting to drop.  To start with a silver lining, at least the cooler temperatures mean an increase in performance for us all,...

Power Management

At long last summer is here and hopefully for a very long time to come. This is a great time to talk about power management. In the middle of winter that cold, dense air gives bags of power and density altitude isn’t even a thought in most pilots heads. Now the...

Spring Weather

As long as you stay clear of visible moisture it is unlikely you will experience icing but take note of the temperature/dew point spread before you fly. The closer they are, the less temperature change required for that water vapour to become full saturated and...

X-Games in Janvier

Every year in Janvier, Alberta they hold a snowmobile drag racing weekend. This year the good people of Octane Addictions also came up with 4 riders from the X-Games and put on a few shows. We decided to check it out and flew up in the R44. Planning out the route it...

Operational Training

Getting your 100 hour commercial license is of course the first step to getting your dream flying job. A very important step but by no means the last.  Companies looking to hire pilots aren't looking for your license, they know you wouldn't be applying for a...

3 students working before they have finished school

We like to put a big emphasis on operational training here at Rotorworks. All our instructors have lots of experience working with other companies flying anything from an R22 to Bell 407s doing charter, pipelines, fighting fires, aerial spraying, power line patrols...

First Solo

A big congratulations to RIck who took an R22 solo earlier this month for the first time. It's a moment you'll never...

Temperature Inversions

I'm sure you all remember the international standard atmospheric lapse rate from your ground school (it's 1.98°C per 1000 ft in case you need a hint) but it's that time of year again when you may have noticed your outside air temperature gauge...

Icing Conditions

We know. Nobody is ready to start talking about winter but it's fast approaching. This means it's time to start considering icing. As helicopter pilots the vast majority of us fly under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and consequently never fly through clouds....

Cooler Temperatures

The snow might not have stayed but whether you're willing to admit it yet or not winter is coming and the overnight temperatures are starting to drop.  To start with a silver lining, at least the cooler temperatures mean an increase in performance for us all,...

Congratulations Barrie

A big congratulations to barrie for passing his Private Pilot's flight test! It's been great to have you around and we hope to see you in the air...

Power Management

At long last summer is here and hopefully for a very long time to come. This is a great time to talk about power management. In the middle of winter that cold, dense air gives bags of power and density altitude isn’t even a thought in most pilots heads. Now the...

Spring Weather

As long as you stay clear of visible moisture it is unlikely you will experience icing but take note of the temperature/dew point spread before you fly. The closer they are, the less temperature change required for that water vapour to become full saturated and...

X-Games in Janvier

Every year in Janvier, Alberta they hold a snowmobile drag racing weekend. This year the good people of Octane Addictions also came up with 4 riders from the X-Games and put on a few shows. We decided to check it out and flew up in the R44. Planning out the route it...

Operational Training

Getting your 100 hour commercial license is of course the first step to getting your dream flying job. A very important step but by no means the last.  Companies looking to hire pilots aren't looking for your license, they know you wouldn't be applying for a...