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Military/Civilian Helicopter operations, general questions about helicopters, flying helicopters and their operational use. Instrument Flying, Military and Civilian Aviation,

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With over 18,000 flying hours 8,000 helicopter and 10,000 in airplanes. Retired military instructor pilot of both helicopter and fixed wing aircraft. Currently as an Pilot Examiner at the home of Army Aviation, Ft. Rucker AL.


Professional Helicopter Pilots Assn.


Army Aviation Magazine


BS Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle University

Awards and Honors

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Broken Wing x2

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Recent Answers from Mike Hicks

2014-10-12 Retractable mechanism for Landing gear in airplane.:

Well..aircraft with retractable landing gear are faster (less drag) not all aircraft have retractable landing gear. It is mainly based on the manufacturers concept for the intended use and who would be

2014-10-07 Private aircraft landing on International and Domestic Airports:

Prashant,    Yes you will have to read the airport facility directory to find out all the rules and guidance that is applicable to that particular airport. Most Military airports for example only allow

2014-04-06 DVD/VCD/CD Player with TV Set/Monitor on Planes.:

Prashant,    First sorry for the delay in this answer, must have been some kind of glitch, as I just got this.  Those devices are powered by the aircraft, just like plugging them in to a wall socket at

2012-06-29 R22 approach to LZ during school:

Sorry for the delay Alex. First of all, the techniques you are using are correct. You want to enter the approach at the correct angle. Keeping that angle either visually or with a spot on the windshield

2011-12-21 UH-1 Tail rotor failure:

Lee,    First thanks for using AllExperts, to answer your question I will give two answers one by the book, the other by experience and testimony of others. The operators manual (depending on date and


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