Rotorworks Blog

Forestry Operations

A throwback blog post today. Dallas, Tyler and Austin all graduated from Rotorworks this time last year. To end their commercial helicopter training on a high note they all went out with our CFI Ryan, for some extra operational flight training.  They each took control...

Rescue Mission

Rotorworks got a call recently to help out a local operator having trouble with one of their machines. We flew out an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer to make a quick repair so they could carry on with their day.   ...

Back to Bush Camp

As the students get ready to head back out to bush camp here is a little look back to the last time. Lookng forward to some warm bush camp this time.             Photos from Sean Pinn...

Bell 206 Endoresment

John finished his license with Rotorworks earlier this year and then continued to improve his flying skills and knowledge with a B206 endoresment. John flew a total of 10 hours in the Jet Ranger for his endoresment.    Photos from Sean Pinn...

Wolf Pack

A couple of weeks ago one of the students was out with Ryan working on his R44 endoresment when they saw four wolves out on the river ice. We see a lot of wildlife flying out of Whitecourt. Mostly deer, moose, coyotes and bald eagles but from time to time we get see a...

Bush Camp

At the end of last yeah the students on the Fall 2015 course spent two weeks out at bush camp. We did everything from confined area operations, navigaton, fuelling from drums, using winter covers with herman nelson heaters and even a little slinging for good measure....

Staying Current

Paul is a graduate of the Commercial Helicopter Course and is continuing to invest in himself and keep his flying skills current. This past weekend Paul and Sean flew up to Saulteaux airstrip and then down to Swan Hills before returning to Whitecourt.       Sean and...

Staying Current September 2014

Paul Conlon graduated with his Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence in 2013. Paul keeps his licence current by flying every three months while he works in the oilfield industry and plans for working with helicopters. Paul on the Athabasca River Paul on the Athabasca...

Post Graduate Flying 2014-07-18

Matt Shack finished his licence in May 2014 and is now using his helicopter for transportation. This allows him to get himself and equipment into more remote areas with greater ease and with less damage to the environment. Matt is sharpening his skills flying on a...

Summer Season

The warm weather is arriving in Alberta and our students are learning about the helicopter change in performance. We are flying in the higher areas to work on power management. Kal Martusev June 2014 Kal Martusev June 2014...

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...