80 episodes

Capturing stories of helicopter pilots and crew from around the world. Find out about different helicopter career paths, pick up some tips and learn more about what life as helicopter aircrew has to offer.

Rotary Wing Show - Interviews from the Helicopter Industry Mick Cullen

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Capturing stories of helicopter pilots and crew from around the world. Find out about different helicopter career paths, pick up some tips and learn more about what life as helicopter aircrew has to offer.

    RWS 83 – SH2 Sea Sprite with Jim Palmquist

    RWS 83 – SH2 Sea Sprite with Jim Palmquist

    Ditching a rapidly yawing helicopter into the open ocean is one of those experiences most of us would happily pass on. Jim Palmquist and his crew onboard a SH2 Sea Sprite survived just such an event during his time as an aircraft carrier search and rescue pilot. The Kaman Sea Sprite is a unique helicopter … Continue reading "RWS 83 – SH2 Sea Sprite with Jim Palmquist"

    • 1 hr 4 min
    RWS 82 – Test Flying and Lessons Learnt with Tony ‘Squid’ Norton

    RWS 82 – Test Flying and Lessons Learnt with Tony ‘Squid’ Norton

    If your perfect day sounds like flying a glider in the morning, testing the HV curve in a Kiowa at lunch and then jumping in a Swedish jet interceptor in the afternoon then Tony ‘Squid’ Norton can tell you what it’s like!    Tony is currently the senior aviation instructor and and standards pilot for … Continue reading "RWS 82 – Test Flying and Lessons Learnt with Tony ‘Squid’ Norton"

    • 1 hr 15 min
    RWS 81 – Helicopter Job Market USA (2020), Visas and FAA License Conversion with Jared Friend

    RWS 81 – Helicopter Job Market USA (2020), Visas and FAA License Conversion with Jared Friend

    A few years can make a big difference and that is the case now in Jan 2020 for the helicopter pilot hiring market in the USA. For the first time in a while the minimum hours/experience for job adverts are starting to decrease and operators are looking for new hires.   Jared Friend is the General … Continue reading "RWS 81 – Helicopter Job Market USA (2020), Visas and FAA License Conversion with Jared Friend"

    • 47 min
    RWS 80 – Influencing a Positive Aviation Culture with Natalee Johnston

    RWS 80 – Influencing a Positive Aviation Culture with Natalee Johnston

    There are differing and some very academic definitions for what culture is. I like – “the way we do things around here”.  This is a chat about organisational culture and how it impacts on aviation and specifically helicopter operations.  Natalee Johnston spent most of her time in the Royal Australian Navy as a Sea King … Continue reading "RWS 80 – Influencing a Positive Aviation Culture with Natalee Johnston"

    • 1 hr 19 min
    RWS 79 – Tackling Helicopter Aircrew Distractions with Kimberly Hutchings

    RWS 79 – Tackling Helicopter Aircrew Distractions with Kimberly Hutchings

    Have you ever taken your eyes inside the cockpit to check a notification or had your preflight inspection interrupted by a phone call? Distractions of all kinds are increasingly a problem for aircrew and they are starting to show up in safety stats.  Picture for a moment – you are aircrew on a helicopter pre-1995 … Continue reading "RWS 79 – Tackling Helicopter Aircrew Distractions with Kimberly Hutchings"

    • 48 min
    RWS 78 – Military to Civilian Transition for Helicopter Pilots with Tarryn Ryan

    RWS 78 – Military to Civilian Transition for Helicopter Pilots with Tarryn Ryan

    For many military aviators their careers at some point end up being a case of ‘up’ or ‘out’ – either promoted to more non-flying roles or transitioning out into the civil industry.  Landing that first non-military position can sometimes be hard as you establish yourself again and reorient to the new environment and civil market. … Continue reading "RWS 78 – Military to Civilian Transition for Helicopter Pilots with Tarryn Ryan"

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

OttoGB ,

Fantastic podcast for anyone in or interested in helicopters

Top class conversations and insights into the many corners of the helicopter industry. Love it!

Nascothornet ,

Brilliant rotary aviation show

Love everything helicopter and rotary. This is then for you. Some brilliant interviews that had me both laugh and cry. Thanks for producing a great programme

Wokka man ,

Great podcast!

Open and honest account of rotary ops around the globe. As an experienced UK military instructor, this podcast adds some new and interesting viewpoints and information on everything that helos can do. From low level night ops, to mountain flying, this podcast is of use to the rotary beginner all the way through to the frontline military pilots. Great work Mick!

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