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Helicopter Training Student of the Month: Paige Groff

Congratulations to our Helicopter Training Student of the Month for February, Paige Groff! Get to know Paige and hear about his journey through helicopter training here at Mauna Loa. Name? Paige Groff Age? 24 Current ratings? Private Pilot. Where are you from? From the Big Island of Hawaii (Kailua Kona) What point in your life did you know you wanted to …

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Helicopter Training Fly In with Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Last month, we were able to spend a few days with the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders of Hawaii Preparatory Academy for their “Come Fly With Me” Theme Week. The Mauna Loa fly-in crew headed to the HPA campus. Students gathered around the helicopters in the baseball field at the upper campus, and listened as our flight instructors demonstrated the main …

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Ask an Examiner: How Long Is The Average Checkride?

Noah Haydn-Myer is our featured Designated Pilot Examiner this month.  Noah has been a DPE for 7+ years and has conducted hundreds of checkrides in Robinson Helicopters. Our featured question this month is: How long is the average checkride? There are several factors that will affect the length of the oral and skill portion of the checkride. Let’s first discuss …

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Helicopter Training Student Of The Month: Jason Zhang

Congratulations to our Helicopter Training Student of the Month for May, Jason Zhang! Get to know Jason and hear about his journey through helicopter training here at Mauna Loa.   Name? My name is Jason, Chinese name is 张杰 (Frist name: JIE, Last name: ZHANG). Age? 32 years old. Current ratings? Private Pilot. Where are you from? I am from a small …

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Helicopter Training Student of the Month: Shane Roberson

Congratulations to our Helicopter Training Student of the Month for April, Shane Roberson! Get to know Shane and hear about his journey through helicopter training here at Mauna Loa.   My name is Shane Roberson, and I’m 20 years old. I am currently a private pilot and am nearing then end of my Commercial and CFI training. I should be doing my check …

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Helicopter Training Student of the Month: David Lopez

Congratulations to our Helicopter Training Student of the Month for February, David Lopez! Get to know David and hear about his journey through helicopter training here at Mauna Loa.   Name? David Lopez Age? 40 Current ratings? Private Pilot license Where are you from? Spain What point in your life did you know you wanted to fly helicopters? All my life …

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Rookie Rotorheads Interviews Chief Pilot, Noah Haydn-Myer

You may have seen our previous helicopter training blog post featuring an interview with President of Mauna Loa Helicopters, Ben Fouts, on the podcast Rookie Rotorheads. In each episode, Rookie Rotorheads host Jason Rust, interviews veteran pilots, flight schools, and companies with the experience and insight to help rookie pilots get off the ground. This is a great way for new pilots …

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Rookie Rotorheads Interviews Flight School President, Ben Fouts

Rookie Rotorheads is a podcast for rookie and student helicopter pilots looking to learn as much as they can about various flight school options and career paths available to them. In each episode, Jason Rust, an aviation enthusiast and helicopter pilot in training, interviews veteran pilots, flight schools, and companies with the experience and insight to help rookie pilots get …

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Helicopter Training with HPA

Last week we were lucky enough to spend some time with the students of Hawaii Preparatory Academy during their theme week, “Come Fly With Me.” Students dipped their toes into the world of aviation and helicopter training. On Monday, the MLH instructors did an introductory ground class with HPA middle school students and answered questions about the basics of flight, aerodynamics, as …

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Helicopter Training Student of the Month: Pam Garrity

Congratulations to our Helicopter Training Student of the Month for November, Pam Garrity! Pam took the time to fill us in on her journey through helicopter training here at Mauna Loa — more from her below: My name’s Pamela Garrity. I’m 27 years old, and I grew up on the south shore of Massachusetts. A couple years back, I worked …