Surprise Visit from Alumni

Trish and Bob

 

Trish is a former Pro-Trac student and NEH, CFII. She has been flying Corporate with AAG for some time now. Trish is loving her career.

It was great to see her again and meet her boyfriend Bob, whom is also a pilot.

Thanks for stopping by!

Welcome International Student

Alberto and Mike

 

We are so happy to have Alberto join us at Northeast Helicopters. Alberto is from Chile and will be training here with Mike Rosenbush.

Alberto is interested in firefighting in Chile.

Welcome Aboard!

K-MAX and Safety Meeting

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On Wednesday, September 10th Kaman Aerospace located in Bloomfield, CT visited Northeast Helicopters. Making a very rare, special appearance was the K-MAX!

the K-MAX is a unique helicopter with two main rotor blades which are mounted side-by-side that intermesh with no tail rotor. Designed as a heavy lift helicopter, it is capable of lifting up to 6,000 lbs. Currently there are only 25 in service today world-wide.

Piloted by Bill Hart the K-MAX, made an approach to Ellington Airport at 5:00 PM. Upon landing he shut down and was available for any questions and to show the students around this unique aircraft. Bill Hart is the Chief Pilot/Test Pilot for Kaman Aerospace. It was an incredible opportunity to experience one up close, and to see it in flight.

After spending several hours sharing his knowledge and experience with the students, Bill Hart then departed the Ellington Airport.

We want to give a special thanks to Brian Cormier (student) and Andrew Putman (Brian’s CFII) for organizing and making this event possible, and to Bill Hart for sharing his knowledge and experiences with the students.

Alumni visits with his Hiller

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Grant is a pilot for Dartmouth (EMS)out of New Hampshire.

He trucked his Hiller down to the school and flew with some friends. Grant also does a few fairs and events in New England with his Hiller.

What a great afternoon in Ellington!

 

 

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Bradley Tower and TRACON Field Trip – August 23, 2008

After being buzzed through the gate and getting our visitor passes we were given an introduction to the facility by TRACON supervisor Mario Gonzalez. Mario gave us a brief overview of the role of each facility. Though they are in the same building, the Bradley Tower and Yankee TRACON operate independent of one another. The purpose of the tower is to control the aircraft taking off and landing at that specific airport, Bradley International, while Yankee TRACON is the control facility for the airspace between New York City, Albany, NY, and Boston, MA. Most of the traffic they deal with consists of jets flying at higher altitudes but the pilots of Northeast Helicopters also spend a lot of time talking to them during Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) training.

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After introductions we were guided into the TRACON by Melissa, one of the approach controllers, who showed us around the dark room and explained the radar displays. Each controller is assigned a different sector of Yankee TRACON airspace and is responsible for moving all the aircraft through that sector efficiently and safely. From their sector the controller can “hand off” the aircraft to a controller in another sector, (be it somewhere within Yankee’s airspace or to somewhere else, such as Boston center) to a tower, or (as with Northeast Helicopters) switch the aircraft onto a self announce frequency. In essence the TRACON serves as a much needed safety net for those aircraft making medium range trips and for those using the IFR system to arrive at or depart from an airport.

After being thoroughly briefed on the many aspects of the radar control system of the TRACON it was time to head up into the tower. At the top of the control tower is a large sunny room very much in contrast with the dark space of the TRACON. The windows are enormous and each has multiple layers of sun screens which can be raised or lowered depending the time of day. The area is open enough to make it not feel claustrophobic yet small enough that the controllers can communicate easily. The view is great. All runways and taxiways are laid out below and an aircraft on approach or in the pattern is never obscured.

At the time we were there Bradley had significantly little traffic. Though we only saw a few planes take off and land we had a great time talking to the controllers. There were three controllers on duty at the time and a fourth who was taking the time to show us around. One of the controllers was handling all take offs and landings. This person is said to “own the runways.” No vehicles or aircraft enter or cross the runways without this controller’s permission. Another controller handles all traffic on the ground. The ground controller has authority over anyone taxiing for takeoff, taxiing to the ramp, etc. The third controller is known as clearance delivery. This controller assigns aircraft their IFR clearance or simply takes their request to leave the airport.

The combination of these three people working from their perch high above the field and a newly developed ATC computer system comprise the eyes, ears and voice of Bradley International Airport. Without them we would be a circus in the sky!

Written by: Marlin Kontje – CFII

 

 

 

 

Hay, Klynt – Pro-Trac Student

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My journey to Northeast Helicopters began a few months ago when deciding that a career change of becoming a helicopter pilot was the path I was going to take. I, like everyone looking to make a major investment in themselves, wanted to look for the best school I could find. One that offered everyting I was looking for in a flight school and much more was Northeast Helicopters. I did my homework and spent quite a bit of time looking around at the few good schools in the good old U.S. of A.

The decision was simple after sitting down with Rhonda and John at Northeast. They had everything I was looking for as they had been in business for a long time and with a very successful track record. They had the best safety record of any school in the nation. They had the right fleet of training helicopters and the most recent technology, along with top notch instructors. So, I thought I couldn’t go wrong. Now after being in the program for a few months, I know the choice I made was the right one. My instructor, Chris has been awesome to say the least as he is incredibly knowledgeable and patient. With a real passion for flying, you can only rarely find an instructor who is someone who is totally dedicated and highly professional. Not only a solid pilot, but a solid person as well.

The one-on-one instruction has been vital to me, as well as the approach to teaching in the cockpit. I feel like I have come leaps and bounds in the first months of being here and the experience has been unlike any other I have experienced. I know I have made the right choice in changing my career, but also in the choice I have picked and that is the best school in the nation to take me there.

 

Kynt

Pro-Trac student, and Fashion Photographer – New York City

Kim Kosciusko flying in the Congo

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The mines in Katanga, Congo

A crew from French television was filming a documentary on mining in Congo, and needed a geological consultant. I agreed, (as long as I got to fly the BA wherever we had to go. That turned out to be about 12 more hours of turbine cross country ferry time. Once again thanks so much for making my private pilot license happen before I came back here!

Wherever we go here in the Congo, the aircraft has to be under guard. In this area, in particular, the last time I was there, I was greeted by assault rifle-wielding locals whose chief had decreed that if a woman walked on the sacred ground (the mine), the copper concentration would drop and someone would die in the mine.

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There are active rebel territories in the north where you just can’t put down, or if you do, you can’t reasonably expect to ever take off again. We have also been told of areas where cannibalism is still in practice, and as such, probably do not make good refueling stops. On the bright side, there are no power lines to worry about!

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Bob Angilletta – Demo Flight

Dear Rhonda, John, Marlin and the rest of the crew at Northeast Helicopters.

I just wanted to say “Thank You” for a wonder experience during my demo flight and tour of the school. My wife and I were completely impressed by the professionalism exhibited. Everyone was super friendly enthusiastic, and passionate about helicopter training. The facilities were clean and well maintained. It is truly an environment that reflects an overall quality product.

I hope to return there very shortly to begin my training and become part of such a wonderful thing.

Sincerely,

Bob Angilletta

Jerry and Connie Hay

klynt-dad-1The search for a flight school entailed thoroughly investigating six helicopter schools on both coasts. The investigation included physical visitations, interviewing the owners, managers, flight instructors and also the quality of the facilities and equipment. In conclusion, we selected Northeast Helicopters Flight Training because they exceeded our expectations in all aspects of our criteria. Additionally, we had a high level of trust of the owners, John and Rhonda Boulette, their successful track record and responses to all of our questions.

Our son has just successfully completed his first solo flight and has also done exceedingly well with his written examinations. We attribute these results to his own innate qualities and abilities but also because of his instructors. Klynt has stated that his instructor is a serious, intense, no nonsence straight forward professional who is extraordinarily focused on the task and assignments and does not get distracted by anything. Because we are parents, we couldn’t ask for higher qualitative standards.

In summary, in our opinion, Northeast Helicopters is the finest, best equipped and most professional helicopter school in the Nation. We are totally convinced that our sons experience at this particular school will provide him with the best opportunities for having a successful and rewarding career as a licensed and certified helicopter pilot.

Jerry and Connie Hay