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 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
    RWS 77 – Helicopter Hoist Operations with Rob Munday and David Callen

    RWS 77 – Helicopter Hoist Operations with Rob Munday and David Callen

    Hoist operations open up a wide range of additional roles for helicopters. They allow us to get people and equipment into and out of locations which would otherwise be inaccessible or too dangerous to land. Rob Munday and David Callen from SR3 Rescue Concepts help talk us through some of the considerations. The helicopter industry is … Continue reading "RWS 77 – Helicopter Hoist Operations with Rob Munday and David Callen"

    • 1 hr 39 min
    RWS 76 – Funding Helicopter Training Using VET Student Loans (Australia Only)

    RWS 76 – Funding Helicopter Training Using VET Student Loans (Australia Only)

    A bit of change of format for this episode of the Podcast. I’m re-sharing a recording made for the flight school website where I instruct. This one is all about some of the financial assistance that the Australian Government provides that can also be used towards the gaining of a commercial helicopter licence. * This … Continue reading "RWS 76 – Funding Helicopter Training Using VET Student Loans (Australia Only)"

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

A79BW ,

Not a pilot

But still great content and applicable to all people who enjoy flying helicopters or just being around the stories. This is a must listen

straightuphelicopters ,

Great stuff

I gotta say I have been following Rotary Wing show for several years now and have learned many valuable lessons.
~Thanks Mick

James_SEL ,

Great source for information and passion

This podcast is an awesome resource for anyone looking for thoughtfully selected and quality information on helicopter operations and rotary wing flying in gereral. The creator has a passion for avaition and it comes through on the podcast and really makes the epidoses enjoyable. As a fixed wing pilot and current helicopter pilot student, the topics are in-depth enough to be useful but no so much to be inaccessable to those outside aviation. The wide range of topics are also a big plus. From mental health, to old war flying stories, to current day ops. If you're looking to fulfill your curiosity on helicopters or looking for quality technical information, I can't recommend this show enough. Well done.

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