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Russell Aitken – You may recognise the name ‘Russell Aitken’ as the first recipient of the Helinews memorial ‘Rusty Award’ that was created in his honour. In this issue, we feature a retrospective interview with Rusty that captures the spirit of this passionate aviator and mentor.

The Bell 407GX – Every now and then we have the chance to get our hands on a new machine. When the Bell 407GX graced Australia with its presence, Helinews was fortunate enough to test out how this machine handles and discover a bunch of new features.

EMS – The Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter, based out of Canberra on the Monaro Highway, has conducted over 5300 missions and counting. Helinews features a profile of this rescue service, which is dedicated to serving the community.

Tough Mothers – The Cherish Foundation is a cause close to the heart of the Becker family, so when the Tough Mudder event featured on the Sunshine Coast, Mike Becker and his team participated in some fundraising and hair-raising challenges for charity.

IFR – Curious about what goes on during IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) training? Martin Bass ventured into the rigorous world of IFR when he visited Rotor Lift’s Advanced Flying Academy and discovered what it’s like to ‘fly blind’.

Hypoxia – It’s a word familiar to all pilots, but few have experienced hypoxia in a controlled environment. Enter Go2Altitude, a revolutionary training centre that has made hypoxia awareness training more affordable and available to the civilian world.

Multi-licence pilots Part III – Rob Vigors pilots aeroplanes, gliders and helicopters and has spent a lifetime around aircraft. He treats us to a glider pilot’s perspective on the weather and how he has applied this to powered flying.

Advanced flying – Flying over jungle is a daily occurrence for pilots in PNG. Columbia Helicopters’ chief pilot, Ross Robertson, answers some questions about preparing for emergencies while working in this environment.

Instructing corner – Veteran instructor Ron Newman talks us through the ins and outs of forced landing procedures.

Newly licensed pilots – Peter Perry completed his private helicopter licence at the age of 75 and since then has piloted a helicopter to PNG. Peter discusses his love of recreational flying and travelling across this great country by air.

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