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...

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. This...

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,...

Recurrent Training

We all had a great time getting our helicopter license and all miss flying when we can't go. Whether you are a private or commercial helicopter pilot we believe it's important to keep your skills current. Even if it's once or twice a year it helps. If your...

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...

Recurrent Astar Training

At long last the sun is out in Whitecourt and it finally feels like summer is on the way. We've been busy with lots of recurrent training for companies gearing up for the summer. This Astar is heading up to Valley B Aviation in Manning, Alberta. Ryan did some...

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...

Discovery Flight

Thanks to Tyson, Kristen and Colton who came up from Edmonton last weekend for a discovery flight. It was the first time any of them had been in a helicopter and we had a great time dispite the weather. We had a look around the school and the helicopter before heading...

Running up an Astar

Our Cheif Pilot Ryan has worked with several companies over the last few years and maintains close ties with them. When Gogal Air from Manatoba asked him to run up their new Astar while it was at Northwest Helicopter Services here in Whitecourt he was happy to help....