Mission

 

It’s the critical moments no pilot wants to experience, but many will. If you are faced with the unexpected in the air, will you know what to do and have the reflexes to respond before it’s too late?

 

Over a career, many if not most helicopter pilots will encounter at least one unusual or inadvertent attitude situation, which in seconds can determine a life or death outcome for everyone onboard.

 

While simulator training is available to most pilots, and provides a cursory understanding of possible events, it’s far less effective than the hands-on, in-air, in-the-moment experience that we offer. What is needed is the opportunity to train and learn to successfully respond to these critical events in a practice environment that is more real-world and higher magnitude than in a simulator and more forgiving than the ultimate test of judgement and reflexes.

 

Designed for all helicopter pilots alike, the FXllc Helicopters IIMC/CFIT & HURRT Training Course will make you a safer, more skilled, and confident aviator.  I think your FXllc experience will be some of the best and most important days of your flying career.  

The training from our industry’s best test pilots and myself emphasizes the importance of helicopter instrument flying skills & proficiency, Inadvertent IMC & CFIT hazards and how to avoid an inadvertent IMC event and potential CFIT outcome.  From understanding the aerodynamics of your helicopter to how to respond to various instrument threats during flight scenarios and more importantly safely recover from the most extreme of situations whether in VFR, Night, entering IMC or flying IMC.

In our Helicopter Upset Recovery Training, pilots receive multiple opportunities to make instrument recoveries while flying an actual helicopter. Situations covered include nose-up, nose-down and possible inversions from behind the controls without visual ground contact. All flights are recorded on video for post flight debriefs and performance reviews.


Why a helicopter safety training school

 

After ten years of performing Helicopter Aerobatics in over 250 air shows all across the country, my name has become synonymous with performing the unexpected. But behind the exciting routines goes a lot of methodical planning by many people, a lot of practice and experience. I’ve made a career of pushing the limits only after understanding and gaining full control of them in a controlled environment first. 

 

A while back, Tony Burson, Chief Pilot at United Technologies, asked me to teach helicopter upset recovery, because no one was doing it. He explained to me that this was a sorely needed training that wasn’t being offered and that my career experience and concern for helicopter safety in the industry made me the perfect person to do it.

 

After several sleepless nights thinking about what Tony had said, I realized that not only was he right, I was the right person to offer this training. We reached out to our good friend and experimental test pilot Kevin Bredenbeck to write the training syllabus. And we put a course together that would save lives by allowing other pilots to benefit from our invaluable knowledge and experiences.


Chuck Aaron


INSTRUCTORS

Chuck Aaron

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As a child Chuck Aaron dreamed of flying a magic carpet; as an adult he came to realize his dream in a helicopter with over 20,000 flight hours. His motto is, "Be a methodical risk taker." Among many other aviation firsts, Chuck was the first person ever to get a helicopter licensed and certified by the FAA to fly aerobatics. He taught himself helicopter aerobatics in March of 2005 and was first licensed by the FAA in an AH-1F Cobra in April of 2005. Aaron has made a career of doing the impossible while exercising extreme caution. Before working for Red Bull, he completely rebuilt 3 AH-1F Cobra Helicopters using only spare parts to like new condition. Among his achievements as a test pilot he was the first pilot to fly the TADDS/PNVS laser tracking system, built by Martin Marietta, for the future Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. He also envisioned and flight tested an infrared vision-system which allowed him to be the first pilot to successfully fly a helicopter into known brownout conditions and still see the ground. Last year Chuck Aaron flew all the helicopter sequences for the opening of the James Bond thriller Spectregoo.gl/RtWhLE. In addition to his achievements he is a certified helicopter A&P Mechanic. When he takes on a project his attitude is: Never quit! Never give up! Fight it until the end!

 

KEVIN BREDENBECK

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Kevin’s career spans more than 35 years, Engineer, Army, Test Pilot, Director Test & Evaluation, Director Flight Operations & Chief Pilot and Technical Fellow Advanced X2 Platforms R&D Pilot.  Both military and civilian has accumulated over 6000 total safe flying hours in all environments; domestic, international, test and combat in 40 fixed-wing and 50 rotary-wing types. As an Army DUSTOFF officer was awarded two air medals for Southwest Asia operations. For 23 years he flew for Sikorsky Aircraft being instrumental in developing new technologies for the various production models and the test flying on numerous growth and development programs. A few first flights, include UH-60M Blackhawk, X-2 Technology Demonstrator, and S-97 Raider.   As X-2 Technology Development Pilot, set un-official airspeed records and on September 15th2010 flew out to 253 kts and 263 kts in a slight dive. Following X-2 he defined requirements for the X-2 Technology variants of the S-97 RAIDER™ and the SB>1 DEFIANT™ Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Demonstrator.  He is a Sikorsky Aircraft Technical Fellow Advanced X2 Platforms R&D Test Pilot (Retired).  He is an expert on providing organizational, technical and operational guidance on flight test and enevolpe expansion, new technology and fielding platforms. Actively now he working with military agencies, HAI, USHST and the FAA to define requirements to address an advanced stage of learning focused on techniques to directly impact the industries Loss of Control (LOC) & Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) accident rate. And continues at every opportunity mentoring the next generation of young pilots, engineers, experimental pilots and leaders.  Kevin is the recipient of numerous awards, a few to note, the AHS Howard Hughes Award in 2011,  the Robert J. Collier 2011, Society of Experimental Test Pilots' Iven C. Kincheloe Award in 2011, and the AHS Grover E. Bell Award in 2016 for the S-97 Raider 1st Flight. Professional Affiliations Present & Past; AAAA, AHS, NAA and SETP Associate Fellow (1999). SSA, EAA, AOPA, Mason, WIA, STEM, INROADS, HAI, BSA. He truly is a professional in the helicopter world. “Prepare for the unknown, unexpected and inconceivable… After 35 years of flying, I am still learning every time I fly.” 

 

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