Information on Private Pilot Helicopter Certification

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Private Pilot

Hans Overturf established OFS in Tiburon, California, as his investment office in 2009. A certified private helicopter pilot, Hans Overturf enjoys spending his free time flying helicopters and traveling.

Individuals who have earned a private pilot helicopter license may fly for various reasons, ranging from business to personal. Any person with a private pilot certification can fly themselves as well as family members, friends, and coworkers. However, private pilots cannot receive compensation for their flying, which requires commercial flight certification.

The private pilot helicopter certification process is open to individuals of at least 17 years of age who have a strong understanding of written and spoken English. A person with no previous flight experience or pilot rating must engage in 20 hours of instructed flight practice as well as an additional 20 hours of solo air time before taking a flight test. However, most aspiring pilots will log as many as 65 hours before attempting certification. Prior to the flight exam, individuals need to pass a written test with a score of 70 or better. Instructors may subject students to further oral testing throughout the flight test. Instructors may be examiners with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or designated examiners in good standing with the FAA.


An Overview of Patellofemoral Syndrome

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Patellofemoral Syndrome

Hans Overturf has been an independent investor in Tiburon, California, since 2009. Beyond his investment activities, Hans Overturf enjoys staying in shape through running and marathon training.

An estimated 80 percent of running injuries occur below the knee. In fact, the most common affliction faced by runners today, patellofemoral syndrome, is often referred to as runner’s knee. About one in three runners get patellofemoral syndrome. Symptoms include pain in and around the kneecap and the knee buckling. Pain can be especially hard to deal with when a person takes a seated or squatting position, or simply forces the knee to bend, but the condition does not lead to any structural damage of the femur.

Medical professionals refer to the syndrome as an overuse condition. With overuse and poor conditioning representing the two primary causes of runner’s knee, most recovery plans begin and end with rest. As a runner regains strength and mobility, he or she should work on improving his or her stretching and conditioning routines in order to minimize the likelihood of further injury.