Mark Aletky

The Mark Aletky Life Celebration event at ROTOR FX was attended by 100’s of friends, pilots, students, family and former band-mates.

Mark’s careers spanned music as a performer, manager and producer (mentored by Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire) to flying charter jets. Mark was undoubtably LA’s absolute best tour pilot and provided ten of thousands of people their first experience of Los Angeles and for so many their very first airplane flight.  Others were rewarded by his thorough and entertaining flight instruction and most recently he added a drone pilot certification to his many achievements.

Some of the family and friends attending the Mark Aletky Life Celebration event pose for a group shot

In every realm he touched so many people with his persistent smile and warm positive personality. His greatest accomplishment and legacy was building his phenomenal family who will miss his presence and guidance deeply.

So Mark, our great friend, fly on forever doing what you loved most .. you can never be replaced and it was our collective honor and privilege to have had you touch our lives.

Click here for Mark Aletky Slide Show 

Helicopter flight training @ ROTOR FX

Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) annually offers scholarships for students preparing for careers in rotorcraft aviation. Apply today and become part of the industry of tomorrow!

The Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician Scholarship promotes the choice of helicopter maintenance as a career. Bill Sanderson Scholarship winners attend a course from a selection offered by airframe and powerplant manufacturers.

The Commercial Helicopter Rating Scholarship is awarded to pilots who have already obtained their private license and are enrolled in a commercial helicopter rating program at an FAA-approved Part 141 school or international equivalent.

The Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarship is awarded to mechanics or technicians who are enrolled in a maintenance technician certificate program at an FAA-approved Part 147 school or international equivalent.

The Michelle North Scholarship for Safety is awarded to a pilot who has already attained a commercial rating and demonstrates an outstanding aptitude for safe flying and aviation best practices.

The deadline to submit applications is Nov. 30, 2016. To learn more and apply, visit helicopterfoundation.org/scholarships. Questions? Contact HFI’s curator, Marty Pociask, at marty.pociask@rotor.org.

Helicopter Foundation International is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of helicopter aviation, improving its safety, and educating the next generation.

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One-on-one individual tutoring to prepare you for the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot certification

Learn directly from seasoned flight professionals with extensive experience in both manned aviation and sUAS operations. Our instructors have successfully taught thousands of students worldwide in both commercial and military environments in all aspects of remote pilot operations.

This 10 hour course will prepare you to pass the FAA initial or recurrent course and all study guides and course materials are provided – it even includes an interactive CBT program for Windows, MAC, iPhone, iPad or Android with over 500 of the FAA Remote Pilot test questions. Our experts will personally guide you through all areas of knowledge required by the FAA to score high on you exam.  Since it is individual you can take the course over two 5 hours days or split it up into as little as two hour sessions per day. Although this specialized course is designed for individual tutoring we can do small groups for associated parties or companies.

“We finished about 20 min ago, appreciate you setting this up, the class went great. We all learned a lot and feel a lot more comfortable about taking this test. The instructor was very knowledgeable and could not of helped us better he was fantastic. Just wanted to relay that to you and appreciate your help.” 


Whirly-Girls scholarship deadline approaches

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The applications for the 2017 scholarships are here!

THE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 1, 2016.

The Whirly-Girls, International Women Helicopter Pilots is offering three new scholarships: the Garmin GTN and G500/600 Course scholarship, the Night Flight Concepts Night Vision Goggle Initial Pilot Qualification scholarship, and the Robinson Helicopter R66 Safety Course scholarship. The group also offers 10 additional scholarships. Applications cost $50 and are due Oct. 1. For more information and to download the scholarship applications, visit the Whirly-Girls website.
http://www.whirlygirls.org/wg-scholarships

May-June-2016-FAA-Safety-Briefing

The May/June 2016 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on the rapidly changing world of technology and the important role it plays in general aviation safety. Articles in this issue cover everything from unmanned aircraft to commercial space operations, to how the FAA helps champion the power of technology in making flying safer and more efficient. We also discuss some of the possible pitfalls of technology, including its ability to distract and disrupt our decision-making skills.

Feature articles include:

  • Welcome to the William J. Hughes Technical Center – The Happiest Place in Aviation Tech! (p 8),
  • eLogbook Logistics – Considerations for Moving from Paper Log to Digital Login (p 11),
  • X-Ray Vision and Alphabet Soup – Decoding GA Vision Systems (p. 25)

The link to the online edition is: http://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/