From the Hac's Seat

The Unseen Enemy Hunting Helicopters Hovering Over Water

By Marc Liebman | September 21, 2020 |

When one watches a helicopter hovering over the water, the spray churned up by the rotor wash looks spectacular. However, if you are the pilot of the helicopter, dangers are…

Joys of Drooping

By Marc Liebman | September 21, 2020 |

In a helicopter, drooping is a term that refers to a slowing of rotor rpm below what is considered normal. In the Navy, we used percents, but in some helicopters,…

Humidity, High Temperatures, Altitude and Helicopters Are a Bad Mix

By Marc Liebman | September 21, 2020 |

Let’s start with the basics. Helicopters are designed to be operated close to the ground that is at or near sea level. If you don’t believe me, go spend a…

HIFR Decisions

By Marc Liebman | September 21, 2020 |

One of the joys of flying helicopters over the ocean is that one’s flight time can be extended indefinitely. Well not indefinitely becasue at some point one has to land,…

The Bravest People in the World

By Marc Liebman | September 21, 2020 |

The majority of my Naval Aviation career was spent flying search and rescue missions of all types. I’ve picked up people stranded on mountain sides, lifted flood victims off stranded…

From the Hac’s Seat

By Marc Liebman | January 27, 2014 |

HAC stands for Helicopter Aircraft Commander.  In the Navy, the HAC is responsible for the overall conduct of the mission.  Since both Josh Haman  (the main character Cherubs 2, Big…

How I became a helicopter pilot

By Marc Liebman | December 27, 2013 |

Like every Naval Aviator before me, I arrived in Pensacola to report to the training command in June, 1968 right after I earned my college degree. The instructors in what…

Flying the Kaman H-2A/B SeaSprites

By Marc Liebman | November 27, 2013 |

My first memories of the UH-2A are from a Sunday afternoon walk around on a deserted Whiting Field transient ramp when I was still in the Basic phase of the…

Flying the Kaman H-2C/D SeaSprites

By Marc Liebman | October 27, 2013 |

The Navy installed what was known as a “Gold Stripe” engine that had an extra 250 horsepower in a few A/B’s flown by HC-7. This alleviated some of the power,…

Flying the Sikorsky H-3 SeaKing

By Marc Liebman | September 27, 2013 |

The H-3 is the Chevy Suburban of helicopters. It is adaptable, functional, and for its day, pretty reliable. The H-3 is or was flown by the armed forces of 15…